Many movies are successful in the theatres but don’t have a lasting legacy away from the screen. These are three of the best franchises that are just as popular off screen as they are on the screen.
Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was released in 1960 and stars Anthony Hopkins who plays Norman Bates, a motel owner who appears to live with his mother. He takes a liking for Marion Crone, who is played by Janet Leigh. The iconic part of the movie is the shower scene when Norman’s mother murders Janet, however it turns out that Norman is actually dressing up as his mother, who he poisoned many years ago. The film is a cult classic, The Bates Motel and the house used in the film are still standing today and are popular attractions at Universal Studios in Hollywood. There is also a TV show called the Bates Motel based on Norman Bates’ life growing up. There have also been sequels of the original movie that have been released straight to DVD. Universal Psycho is a fantastic online slot to play, with clips from the original movie and its haunting music featuring throughout; this game can be found at Unibet and other exciting online casino sites.
Superman is a superhero created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He first appeared in a comic book in 1938 and has since seen almost a dozen movies. Superman films are released by DC Comics. The franchise has been rebooted a number of times with different actors and has always been a huge success. Superman is very popular all over the world, most recognisable by a red ‘S’ with a yellow background. This logo is featured on every kind of clothing from underwear to suit jackets and merchandise such as bags and wallets. Superman Returns is a popular game that was released for the Playstation and Xbox. The first Superman game was released in 1979 for the Atari 2600 and simply called Superman. Software developers Playtech have produced a number of fun online casino games, such as Superman: The Movie that is a popular slots game.
Star Wars the franchise started in 1977, written and directed by George Lucas. Star Wars is based in space and the galaxy is in the midst of a civil war. Two trilogies were released, the first in the 70s and the 80s, and the second in the 90s and the 00s. The franchise was then purchased by Disney, who have released four films and are set to release a further one in 2019. Star Wars’ legacy has been seen away from the movie theatres since the release of the first film. Chewbacca, a Wookiee warrior in the film is a very popular fancy dress choice at parties. The Stormtroopers cosplay has been a favourite outfits for years, turning up at events all over the world by fans who love Star Wars. Fans also purchase lightsabers, which like the wands in Harry Potter, are the weapons of choice for the main characters and fans can choose the one belonging to their favourite character.