Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) Russell Mulcahy
Production Costs: $30 million
Worldwide Gross: $28 million
Subsequent Earnings: People bought this?
Now, I’m not sure if you would call this a flop or a bomb. It’s not like I have a solid definition of what a bomb is. But since this movie was so bad I decided to include this. I mean, why not? It’s my list. Anyway Highlander has always been a personal favorite of mine. The movie immediately became a cult hit and the producers wanted to capitalize on that success. There was a tiny problem though: how do you make a sequel to a movie when the story has already ended? MacLeod had won. He had beaten the last immortal and received the prize. What else can you do? You can almost picture a group of writers huddled around a table brainstorming what to do. In the end, they wrote a logical and completely thoughtful continuance to the story. It seems the ozone is failing, and Connor uses his massive intellect to created a giant shield to block the sun. This shield blocks the sun, but somehow the planet is still warm and plants still grow despite any natural sunlight. Anyway, it seems Connor is not really a Scot, but an alien from the planet Zeist who was exiled with Ramirez (who is not Spanish or Egyptian) to battle it out for the chance to earn their mortality or to return to Zeist. Even though Connor chose mortality, the evil Katana thinks Connor is still a threat and fights him. Meanwhile, Connor calls Ramirez back from the dead (???????) to help him kill Katana and overthrow the evil shield corporation. See, it all makes sense!
Russell Mulcahy was brought back and so was Lambert. Connery actually wasn’t supposed to return, but Lambert (who was close friends with Connery) threatened to walk if they didn’t bring him back. So they shoehorned Connery into the story and continued. Both Mulcachy and Lambert were unhappy with the story and Lambert wanted to leave but was contractually obligated to stay. At the premiere Mulcahy left after the first 15 minutes. The film was so bad that you could almost hear all the Highlander fans scream in unison “WTF!?” The movie was released in a Renegade version, which is supposed to have removed all Zeist references, but really, Zeist was just the cherry on top of the crap cake. Even later incarnations of the Highlander series completely ignore Highlander II just like how many of us try to forget this movie ever existed.
Is it any good? Noooooooo. Highlander fans have had to put up with a lot: Season 6 of Highlander, Connor dying in Highlander endgame (bullsh*t), and Highlander 2. How did they come up with this? You couldn’t have made this more stupid if you tried. Just horrible.