Die Hard Week: Six actual films that sound like Die Hard sequels


13th February 2013

Eschewing the usual numbering conventions for sequels certainly is 'cool' and 'hip' and 'dopes, man'. And yet, with every 'good day to' and 'live free or', the studio bods responsible run the risk of any old film sounding like part of the Die Hard franchise. Particularly ones that already sound like they are part of the Die Hard franchise.

Too Hard To Die (1998)

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: After beating the odds again and surviving yet another gun-blazing terrorist incident, John McClane starts to question his own invulnerability, realising for the first time that he is actually immortal. And will live forever. Come out to the coast, we'll get together, have a few laughs... then live out the rest of a lonely existence indefinitely while everyone I know and love dies around me.

Actual plot synopsis: When Danny and his gang attempt to rob the warehouse of a mob boss, they find themselves on the run. Danny goes back to his hometown to find his mother has recently died leaving him the farm on the condition that he must open the dairy and run it for two years.

Actual tagline: Every turn was a wrong turn.

IMDB rating: 4.7

Best user review quote: "Gary Busey's limited usage shows and his pyjamas are exceptional."

Angels Die Hard (1970)

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: Having already died hard at the end of the last Die Hard, John McClane discovers that terrorism reigns even in the afterlife. How can the same shit happen to the same guy for the rest of all eternity?

Actual plot synopsis: A gang of bikers try to save people in a mining disaster.

Actual tagline: CHOPPER OUTLAWS!... riding their hot throbbing machines to a brutal climax of violence!

IMDB rating: 5.9

Best user review quote: "Memorable scenes include the biker poetry reading, the spaghetti rape sequence, and the funeral oration."

Hard To Die (1990)

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: As the years go on for John McClane, he discovers that his aged skin is now so leathery that it is actually impenetrable to bullets and small knives. He is literally too hard to die. Now I know what a TV dinner feels like. To touch.

Actual plot synopsis: Five buxom and scantily clad women are left alone to take inventory at a lingerie company. The janitor is kind of spooky, and there are rumors about him being involved in a tragic incident a few years back, and he's giving them the heebie-jeebies. They accidentally open a mysterious package and something other-worldly escapes, and they must fend for their lives.

Actual tagline: It's the female version of DIE HARD!

IMDB rating: 4.0

Best user review quote: "i watch this film daily to prepare for life. wonderful acting, plot, special fx!!! who is the killer? i still don't know after 233 viewings."
Don't Die Too Hard! (2001)

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: Having defeated terrorists on no less than 23 separate occasions, there is now nothing left for an 97-year-old John McClane to do except peacefully pass away in his sleep. Assisted by his children. Welcome to the euthanasia party, pal!

Actual plot synopsis: Two window washers witness a gang of terrorists seize the Montparnasse skyscraper in Paris and take its late-night occupants hostage. Knowing that only they can save the day, Eric and Ramzy swing into action.

Actual tagline: When Dumb And Dumber meets Die Hard.

IMDB rating: 5.1

Best user review quote: "Apparently in France it is still okay to have homophobia in the films, but I found it a little jarring."
Die Hard Dracula

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: As the arena for terrorist activity widens with every movie, John McClane follows up the inevitable Die Hard In Space with a foray into the supernatural. Yippee-ki-yay, mothersucker!

Actual plot synopsis: A modern-day updating of the Dracula legend that finds Steven, a good-looking American hero devastated by the death of his girlfriend, wandering through Europe and looking for happiness. A car accident leads him to a small town sitting literally in the shadow of Dracula's castle.

Actual tagline: To kill the unkillable, one step at a time.

IMDB rating: 2.0

Best user review quote: "It's either a sublime masterpiece that i have completely misunderstood. My learned and considered opinion, however, would be that it most certainly is not a sublime masterpiece."
A Good Day To Be Black And Sexy

Possible Die Hard sequel plot synopsis: Um...

Actual plot synopsis: A between-the-sheets peek at Black Love and Sexuality

Actual tagline: N/A (Frankly who needs one?)

IMDB rating: 4.7

Best user review quote: "It has the power to do for adult black audiences what DEEP THROAT did for hip couples in the 1970's."
Yippee-Ki-Yay! This week on TheShiznit.co.uk is Die Hard Week, with A Good Day To Die Hard in cinemas on Thursday 14th February. Also available as a Brucey bonus is the Die Hard Quadrilogy 25th Anniversary Blu-ray boxset.  

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