IndieWIRE critics Eric Kohn, Leonard Maltin and Anne Thompson take on Hollywood's bad case of sequelitis, from 'Saw' to 'Harry Potter,' which seems only to be getting worse each year.

Eric Kohn kicked off the conversation by saying that with the two-part 'Harry Potter' finale on its way, "I've got sequels on my mind. In theory, they aren't a bad phenomenon. The 'Harry Potter' movies take place in a large, fictional universe, so it's reasonable for it to take several installments to reach the finish line. In this case, that's eight movies, seven sequels. But there are also that many 'Saw' sequels, which shows you the negative side of the sequel logic."

Thompson said that she had no problem with sequels per se. "The scary change in the movie landscape is that as the studios chase low-risk, easy-to-market pictures with established brand names, they are squeezing out the high-risk originals that are harder to sell. Thus we see Tim Burton's 'Planet of the Apes,' 'Sweeney Todd,' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Dark Shadows,' and no more films like 'Edward Scissorhands.' "

Leonard Maltin brought up a good point about ready-made sequels: "I tend to be suspicious of films that have a beginning, a middle, and most of all an end ... only to hear that after they make a bundle at the box office someone is going to 'continue' the story in a sequel."

A transcript of their entertaining conversation is after the jump.
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