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1 Carry On... on Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:10 pm

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I found out a few days ago that there are apparently 2 new Carry On films being made. I don't know if they'll happen, there was news years ago about a Carry On London that never happened. What are your thoughts on the series?

I used to love Carry On Screaming as a kid and still enjoy Camping, At Your Convenience, Loving, and Girls. I haven't seen any of the films in years but have a handful of them from when they were included free in a newspaper years ago. I'm thinking of watching some to try and get back into them and looked at the box sets available. It seems that both are missing Cary On Columbus despite being called complete sets. I don't know why, at first I thought it was an unofficial entry like Never Say Never Again for the Bond series, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Is it just so awful they want you to forget about it?

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2 Re: Carry On... on Sat Feb 11, 2017 6:58 am

Carry on Screaming used to be one of the best but these days they do little for me. The humour was always quite traditional so no idea how that would translate these days but if it's Rufus Hound going, "Ooh, Matron!" Then I am out. Carry On London must have been on the drawing board since the mid-late '90s. That's when I first remember it being mentioned. cyclops

Surely, they can't still be being made by the same people so what makes them Carry On films these days?

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3 Re: Carry On... on Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:35 pm

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I think the series mostly had one writer but he got sick towards the end and other people started doing the scripts. He died ages ago, I have no idea about the director.

I''m glad Carry On London never happened, not after they said Vinnie Jones would be one of the stars.

I think new Carry On films would work but they'd have to be updated and would be Carry On in name only. I don't think the innuendo would carry a film these days and going gross out Inbetweeners humour with it would be horrible. I'd like to see them try something more satirical, especially since the new film is called Carry On Doctors. The current state of the NHS could open the doors to some decent jokes.

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4 Re: Carry On... on Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:43 pm

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We don't need more Carry On fillms but the UK film industry is growing and we don't really have any other long running film franchise to exploit. It's all about that name recognition.

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5 Re: Carry On... on Sat Feb 11, 2017 10:48 pm

No long running film series. Bond? The Harry Potter films seemed to go on forever, they could always remake those.

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6 Re: Carry On... on Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:18 am

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Sony currently have the rights to Bond and Harry Potter was Warner Bros. They might be taking Bond too, when the Sony deal expires. The Carry On films can be cheap enough to not need financing from other countries.

We also have Hammer making a comeback with Let Me In and the Woman In Black films.

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7 Re: Carry On... on Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:41 pm

Let's hope the original films are left as they are, no sequels please. After all the problems and critical panning Columbus had as a 1990s relaunch, not to mention the equal mauling that the Run For Your Wife remake with Danny Dyer had, I think this would suffer the same trouble.

I was always a bit surprised at the time at the Comic Strip guys appearing in Columbus, though you could argue that the one common thread between the Carry Ons and alternative comedy is their complete disregard for critics or audiences having a potentially negative reaction. Furthermore Rik Mayall's fondness for Kenneth Williams takeoffs became clear from Bottom Live.


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8 Re: Carry On... on Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:59 pm

The earlier Carry Ons still have a lot of mileage left in them.

Cabby, Sergeant and Teacher have a little bit more heart and subtlety than the catchphrase-laden, double-entendre fests which followed.

Still, the original Ealing comedies piss on Carry On.

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9 Re: Carry On... on Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:27 pm

The Ealing comedies do ooze charm, for sure. And the earlier Carry Ons are more intelligently-written, very philosophical at times. The Hudis Carry Ons would be seen as 'quaint' these days, as opposed to the 'dated' Rothwell films (I love both of them, personally!)


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