* ''Film/HighlanderIITheQuickening'' started a DorkAge from which the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' film series would [[FranchiseKiller never recover]]. [[Series/{{Highlander}} The TV series]] did all right for a time, until the end of the fifth season alienated many fans by introducing a demonic entity into the series (when no previous episodes foreshadowed it, or implied that such things existed in the ''Highlander'' universe), and [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killing off a popular character abruptly and anticlimactically]] in an IdiotPlot.
* The ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' movies are claimed to have undergone a dork age starting with either ''Film/SonOfGodzilla'' in 1967 or (more commonly) ''Film/AllMonstersAttack'' in 1969 that lasted through TheSeventies, though one is hard-pressed to explain exactly ''how'' the '70s flicks were any sillier than the films that preceded them, given that Godzilla was already [[Film/KingKongvsGodzilla setting King Kong's crotch on fire]], [[Film/MothraVsGodzilla drunkenly tripping over buildings]], [[Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster chatting up a storm with Mothra and Rodan]], [[Film/InvasionOfAstroMonster dancing in outer space]], and [[Film/EbirahHorrorOfTheDeep playing volleyrock with a giant shrimp]] during the '60s. It probably has more to do with the outlandishly low production values for a few of those films coupled with bad direction and poor acting. In fact, [[Film/GodzillaVsGigan only]] [[Film/GodzillaVsMegalon two]] of the '70s films are considered irredeemably bad, with [[Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla two]] [[Film/TerrorOfMechagodzilla films]] being considered almost on par with the '60s films and a [[Film/GodzillaVsHedorah fifth]] falling squarely into LoveItOrHateIt territory. Even the aforementioned bad films often fall into the SoBadItsGood category for some people.
** Lately, the Millennium series seems to be taking over this role, due to a lack of continuity and a perceived overuse of tropes [[FollowTheLeader lifted from]] popular {{anime}} of the time, though there is still some contention within the fandom on this.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'', due to an UnpleasableFanbase[=/=]BrokenBase, and having so many different projects going at one time, goes into a constant rotation of dork ages. In the mainstream stuff ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' were polarized in how they were received. It was when ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' re-established a cool factor that the franchise has managed to recover. Even still, many people feel over-saturated in the {{merchandise|Driven}}, which led to a CriticalBacklash against ''Star Wars: The Clone Wars''. However, that show appears to have [[GrowingTheBeard grown the beard]] in Season 2, so hope springs eternal. There's also a true "Dark Age" between 1986 (when the comic [[ComicBook/MarvelStarWars published by Marvel]], and the animated series ''[[ThoseTwoGuys Droids]]'' and ''[[TheScrappy Ewoks]]'' were finished) and 1991 (when ''[[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Heir to the Empire]]'' was published). Creator/GeorgeLucas was uninterested in making new films, and both merchandise and the ExpandedUniverse stalled (notable during the period are only the ''Star Tours'' ride at Disney, the Star Wars RPG... [[AffectionateParody and]] ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'').
** Likely the most unanimously agreed-upon DorkAge for the ''Star Wars'' franchise is the period where Troy Denning was head writer for the novels, spanning nearly nine years from July 2005 to April 2014. Denning's work was noted for being far DarkerAndEdgier than most other stories in TheVerse, with a level of gratuitous sex and violence unusual for the franchise, most infamously a scene in ''Literature/LegacyOfTheForce'' where a grown woman sexually tortures a teenage boy for information. Denning and his contemporaries also built up a bad habit of using characters created by other writers for their own books as CListFodder. When it was announced in 2014 that the franchise would have a ContinuityReboot, the response from Denning's considerable hatedom was a resounding "Meh."
* ''Film/{{Batman}}'' was in it deep during the late '90s. Creator/TimBurton left the franchise, as did leading actor Creator/MichaelKeaton. ExecutiveMeddling caused ''Film/BatmanForever'' to be [[LighterAndSofter campier]] and more [[MerchandiseDriven toyetic]] than its predecessors. Following that film, the new lead actor Creator/ValKilmer left as well, and then the camp factor went UpToEleven and we got ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. That so-called "film" killed the Batman movie franchise for eight years until ''Film/BatmanBegins'' came out.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** The Creator/RogerMoore era is usually considered a DorkAge among Bond fans, especially in comparison to the Creator/SeanConnery films. Plots became weaker and campier, with more focus on gadgets and locations than characterization or action. Although this era did have its highlights (''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'') it also had its dark abysses (''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}})''. ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'' is a BaseBreaker, with some considering it on par with ''Moonraker'' and other fans feeling it to be Moore's equivalent to ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' and much better than made out to be. ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' is unique in that it was a Roger Moore Bond film without gadgetry -- it was given a mixed reception in 1981, but thirty years later, even fans who didn't like Roger Moore seem to like it. For music fans, on the other hand, the era is most often fondly looked at as the golden age of Bond themes, from "Nobody Does it Better" (Music/CarlySimon) to "Film/LiveAndLetDie" (Music/PaulMcCartney and Music/{{Wings}}) to "A View to a Kill" (Music/DuranDuran).
** For a long time, the Creator/TimothyDalton movies were seen as a DorkAge, with ''Film/LicenceToKill'' being [[DarkerAndEdgier so gory and violent]] that many felt it barely resembled a Bond film. Nowadays, however, the Dalton movies are seen as prototypes for the Creator/DanielCraig era, having had the bad luck of hitting about [[BornInTheWrongCentury twenty years too early]]. In addition, the Bond that Dalton portrays is much closer to the Bond that Creator/IanFleming wrote: a stone-cold killer with a hinted-at lust for violence whose womanizing, used to paint him as a playa during the Connery era, made him come across as a sexual predator.
** The consensus on the Creator/PierceBrosnan age is that it got progressively worse as time went on. ''Film/GoldenEye'', the first film with Brosnan as Bond, is the only one with a Fresh score on Website/RottenTomatoes (even ''Moonraker'' has a Fresh score on RT, although just barely), and is Brosnan's equivalent of ''The Spy Who Loved Me'' or ''For Your Eyes Only'' as the film that even his critics tend to enjoy. (It also had [[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 an absolutely kick-ass video game adaptation]], which makes it nostalgic for a whole generation of '90s kids.) On the other hand, it ended with ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', which fan consensus views as a rival to ''Moonraker'' as the worst film in the series. The fact that, around the same time, the ''Film/AustinPowers'' series was parodying Bond to great success didn't help matters. Whether or not the era as a whole was a Dork Age depends on one's opinion of ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'' and ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', the two films in between ''[=GoldenEye=]'' and ''Die Another Day''; some think that they were stylish and perfectly acceptable, while others think that they were too over-the-top and had some [[WTHCastingAgency questionable casting choices]] (most notably '90s bombshell Denise Richards as a [[HotScientist nuclear physicist]]).
*** Even Brosnan doesn't seem to think fondly of his tenure as James Bond. In a documentary made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the franchise, Brosnan said he can only remember filming ''[=GoldenEye=]''. The rest "blurred together."
** A large chunk of the fanbase was expecting this when Creator/DanielCraig was announced (there was a "Bond's Not Blond" movement after his announcement), but was averted when shown that Craig was actually pretty awesome; like Dalton, his films hewed much closer to Bond's characterization in the novels, acting as an origin trilogy for him. That said, some Moore and Brosnan fans consider the Craig era to be a Dork Age, arguing that Craig-era Bond has taken so many pages out of [[Franchise/TheBourneSeries Jason Bourne's]] book that he no longer resembles Bond at all. Specifically, the plots are heavily toned down from past films, with few of their over-the-top villains, gadgets, or science fiction elements. Within the Craig series, ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' is usually held to be the worst of the three, thanks to poor direction and a plot that tried to marry the DarkerAndEdgier style of ''Film/CasinoRoyale'' with a more conventional Bond SuperVillain, with mixed results ([[GreenAesop stealing Bolivia's water]] just doesn't measure up to past {{Evil Plan}}s).
* Creator/MaeWest lost a good chunk of her sex appeal when UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode was imposed, but her movies remained passable. ''Myra Breckinridge'' and ''Film/{{Sextette}}'', made after she was convinced to come out of retirement in old age, are not. ''Myra Breckinridge'' was a terrible film in its own right and only featured Mae in a single scene -- basically playing herself -- as a man-hungry talent agent-type who gives the eponymous hero/heroine (don't ask) lessons on mistreating the menfolk. Frankly, Mae is not the grossest thing in it -- not after you see the [[BlackComedyRape strap-on scene]]. ''Sextette''... well, it was based on her ''1926'' play ''Sex'', and having her be a {{Memetic Sex God}}dess back when she was 32 was quite a different matter from having the movie treat her like one when she's a frail, overly made-up 84-year-old woman paired with men young enough to be her grandchildren (such as 32-year-old Timothy Dalton, for whom this is a major OldShame). Most people's reactions to the film are somewhere between a PrimalScene reaction and profound {{Squick}}.
* Depending on your opinion, either ''Film/{{Alien 3}}'' or ''Film/AlienResurrection''. While in popular culture, ''Alien 3'' is considered the turning point of the franchise, many fans of the franchise appreciate the Assembly Cut's character drama ([[RecycledINSPACE with an Alien...]]) approach, leading some to believe that the latter example is the true turning point. To support its quasi-popularity, many fans saw ''Alien 3'' as a return to the themes and atmosphere of the first film, where the second was a subverted gung-ho action flick.
** The ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' films are considered the nadir of [[Franchise/{{Alien}} both]] [[Franchise/{{Predator}} franchises]]. While the two have crossed over before, the films were considered inferior to previous team-ups and both films have the two lowest Rotten Tomatoes scores of all the films. [[note]]21% & 12% for the first and second film respectively[[/note]]. While ''Alien vs. Predator'' was criticized for its watered-down PG-13 rating, ''Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem'' was panned for trying too hard to go in the opposite direction. Both the Aliens and the Predators underwent severe VillainDecay and later films have rendered the spinoffs [[CanonDiscontinuity non-canon]].
* ''Franchise/TheCrow'' pretty much went into one after people realized that there was money to be made after [[Film/TheCrow the first film]] was successful (and Brandon Lee died). ''Film/TheCrowCityOfAngels'' was poorly received by most, not helped by the fact that Dimension [[ExecutiveMeddling cut out at least 20 minutes' worth]] of {{character development}} and important plot points, causing the film to feel rather disjointed at times. (And, of course, there's the ''[[BadBadActing atrocious]]'' performance by Lee's replacement, Vincent Perez, which, to paraphrase film critic Leonard Maltin, will cause you to wish his character had stayed dead.) ''Film/TheCrowSalvation'' was considered a definite improvement, while most people see ''Film/TheCrowWickedPrayer'' as SoOkayItsAverage. And now there's a remake in the works, and most people have ''very'' low expectations for how it will turn out.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'' lost its edge when the seventh film, ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIITheNewBlood The New Blood]]'' in 1988, was [[{{Bowdlerise}} butchered by the MPAA]] to avoid an X rating, though the film itself is still regarded as pretty good in spite of it. The true point of no return came with the eighth film, ''[[Film/FridayThe13thPartVIIIJasonTakesManhattan Jason Takes Manhattan]]'' the following year, which was a FranchiseKiller that convinced Creator/{{Paramount}} (who had always been [[SciFiGhetto ashamed of the series' success]]) to offload the rights to [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 the first film]]'s director, who in turn sold them to Creator/NewLineCinema. New Line proceeded to churn out [[FranchiseZombie two very poorly-received installments]] that are viewed as SoBadItsGood at best -- one where [[Film/JasonGoesToHellTheFinalFriday Jason turned out to be a demonic entity]] capable of {{body surf}}ing, and another where he [[Film/JasonX went to space]] -- before finally [[DevelopmentHell getting off their asses]] and making ''Film/FreddyVsJason'', a long-anticipated {{crossover}} with ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' that, [[BrokenBase by and large]], ended the Dork Age. The only redeeming value that many fans can universally agree on from the era is that Creator/KaneHodder, who played Jason from the seventh film through the tenth, was pretty damn awesome in the role.
* ''Franchise/{{Halloween}}''.
** The ''Halloween'' series fell into its first Dork Age with the fifth film, ''[[Film/Halloween5TheRevengeOfMichaelMyers The Revenge of Michael Myers]]'' in 1989, and sank further into it with the sixth film, ''[[Film/HalloweenTheCurseOfMichaelMyers The Curse of Michael Myers]]'' in 1995. The common denominator in both films was the Curse of Thorn storyline, which tried to tie Michael to prophecies and an ancient cult that had never been hinted at in prior films; the TroubledProduction on the sixth film in particular only made it that much worse. The series only got out of its Dork Age by way of a partial ContinuityReboot with ''Film/HalloweenH20TwentyYearsLater'' in 1998, which took only the [[Film/{{Halloween 1978}} first two]] [[Film/HalloweenII1981 films]] as canon and [[CanonDiscontinuity threw out everything that came after them]] (even if it meant that they also had to drop the popular [[Film/Halloween4TheReturnOfMichaelMyers fourth film]]). It was praised as a return to form and the best ''Halloween'' film since the first two, and the Dork Age seemed to be over, the series in good hands and back on track...
** ...only for it to fall right into a second Dork Age with ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'' in 2002, which featured a gimmicky (and [[UnintentionalPeriodPiece dated]]) internet[=/=]RealityTV story, [[spoiler:[[DroppedABridgeOnHim Laurie Strode getting a bridge dropped on her]]]], and the humiliating sight of Michael Myers getting smacked down (twice!) by Music/BustaRhymes, resulting in a film that many fans feel to be in the running with ''The Curse of Michael Myers'' for the title of worst entry in the original series. As a result, they hit the reset button for the next film, a [[Film/{{Halloween 2007}} remake]] by Music/RobZombie in 2007. That film received a [[BaseBreaker visceral]] LoveItOrHateIt reaction, and [[Film/HalloweenII2009 Zombie's follow-up]] two years later was a critical and commercial dud and a FranchiseKiller. Another reboot, tentatively titled ''Halloween: The Next Chapter'', is in the works; time will tell if it ends the Dork Age.
* And the third of the "big three" '80s slasher franchises, ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'', reached its commercial peak with the third and fourth films, ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors Dream Warriors]]'' in 1987 and ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster The Dream Master]]'' the following year; ''Dream Warriors'' is generally regarded as the better film, but ''The Dream Master'' still has its fans. However, decay set in hard with the fifth film, ''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet5TheDreamChild The Dream Child]]'' in 1989, a FranchiseKiller that convinced Creator/NewLineCinema to end the series with the next film. That film, ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'' in 1991, was the point at which the series became completely impossible to take seriously. While the non-canon spinoff ''Film/WesCravensNewNightmare'' in 1994 didn't restart the series, it was very popular among fans and, at the very least, restored its pride, while ''Freddy vs. Jason'' in 2002 also got a decent reception. The poorly-received [[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet2010 remake in 2010]], on the other hand, seems to have put Freddy to sleep for good.
* Notice how the above three entries all began falling into Dork Ages around the exact same year, 1989? The cumulative effect of that was that American horror films in general went dormant in the first half of the '90s. Between 1989 and 1996, very few horror films had much success, and the few that did (such as ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'' and ''Film/{{Se7en}}'') were typically closer to the PsychologicalThriller end of the spectrum. It wasn't until the [[SleeperHit sudden success]] of ''Film/{{Scream|1996}}'' in 1996 when mainstream moviegoers began seeing horror movies again in large numbers.
* The Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon has seen three Dork Ages. The first happened during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and a little while afterward, where all films released were cheap "package" films rather than ones with coherent stories, and ended with the release of ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. The second happened between the late 1960s and the mid '80s due to the death of Creator/WaltDisney, and ended with [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation the Disney Renaissance]], while the third started in the early 2000s and ended with the release of ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''.
* Franchise/{{Pixar}} seems to have entered one in TheNewTens, possibly related to corporate owner Disney's current obsession with extending established franchises as opposed to creating original concepts for films.
** After the massive success of ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 3]]'', the studio's next effort was ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Cars 2]]'', by far its weakest film, the first to earn a Rotten rating on Website/RottenTomatoes, and the first ''not'' to receive a nomination for Best Animated Feature Academy Award since that category's inception.
** ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'' won the Animated Feature Oscar in 2012 but is one of the most divisive films in the canon, suggesting to many that the ''Cars'' films weren't just aberrations in the company's output.
** ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' in 2013 was received rather well -- if not quite as rapturously as previous Pixar movies had been, and again went without any Oscar nominations.
** While ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' has received a near-rapturous reception the '''extremely''' TroubledProduction of their other film for 2015, ''WesternAnimation/TheGoodDinosaur'', combined with most of their upcoming films being still more sequels (''[[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo Finding Dory]]'', ''[[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Toy Story 4]]'', and ''[[WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles The Incredibles 2]]'') suggests the company may not be out of the woods yet.
* Some argue the Creator/MarxBrothers went through this after their switch to MGM. Zeppo got tired of acting and the studio forced the brothers to go from completely anarchic RapidFireComedy to more good-natured characters helping out a forgettable romantic lead between increasingly tedious musical numbers (Groucho called ''The Big Store'''s "Tenement Symphony" "[[CreatorBacklash the most godawful thing I'd ever heard]]"). Granted, there was still plenty of [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments CMOF]], it was just more restrained than during their years at Paramount.
* Creator/EddieMurphy had one starting with his 1989 flop ''Film/HarlemNights'' that lasted into the [[TheNineties early-mid '90s]], with many unsuccessful movies including ''The Distinguished Gentleman'', ''Film/BeverlyHillsCopIII'', and ''Film/VampireInBrooklyn'' (all of which he has since disowned), before he made his comeback with his 1996 remake of ''Film/TheNuttyProfessor''. He entered another one in the 2000s, where, with the exception of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' movies and ''Theatre/{{Dreamgirls}}'', his films like ''Film/TheAdventuresOfPlutoNash'', ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', ''Film/{{Norbit}}'', ''Film/MeetDave'' and ''Imagine That'' were all massive failures (''Pluto Nash'' has become [[BoxOfficeBomb one of Hollywood's biggest flops]], and many feel ''Norbit'' torpedoed Murphy's Oscar hopes with ''Dreamgirls''). He got praised for starring in 2011's ''Film/TowerHeist'', but his 2012 follow-up ''A Thousand Words'' (although it was filmed in 2008) was universally panned, receiving a [[Website/RottenTomatoes Tomatometer]] score of ''0%'', so only time will tell whether he'll recover.
** ''Film/{{Bowfinger}}'' is another exception to his mid-career slump. It is generally considered some of the best material to come from both Murphy and Creator/SteveMartin in years. It was a box office success and currently holds an 80% on RT.
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}''
** ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'' is universally ignored, although there is more debate over ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'', which is either seen as at least a good step back to the spirit of the first two films despite its troubled production (which resulted in the movie getting the [[AlanSmithee Alan Smithee treatment]]) or as just ''Hellraiser [[RecycledINSPACE in Space]].'' Interestingly, the franchise's own creator Creator/CliveBarker has put both movies in a Dork Age on his own. His ''Hellraiser'' comics for Boom Studios serve as a direct sequel series to the first two movies, but so far [[CanonDiscontinuity have completely brushed aside the continuity from the other sequels.]]
** Then there's the [[DirectToVideo straight-to-video sequels]]. Well, as always YMMV, but generally when ''Hellraiser'' fans recommend the series to someone they're usually only talking about the first two films - and ''maybe'', ''possibly'' ''Bloodline.''
* Creator/DreamworksAnimation has gone through two:
** The first was from 2004 to 2007, where the company after ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek 2}}'' had mostly box office successes but harsh critical reception, with the exception of ''WesternAnimation/OverTheHedge''.
** The second from 2012 to the present day. After ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' didn't do as well as they hoped despite good reviews and a cult fanbase, most of their output since then (with the exceptions of ''WesternAnimation/TheCroods'' and ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'') has had similar results: Good reviews (with the exception of ''{{WesternAnimation/Home}}''), but disappointing box office grosses, resulting on financial writedowns and re-estructuring.
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