Comfort Sequels: The Psychology Of Movie Sequels From the 80’s and 90’s, examines the psychology behind what makes certain movie sequels memorable, safe, predictable, and comforting. A sneaky memoir, Comfort Sequels tells stories from Em’s life, through the movie sequels of their childhood.
Comfort Sequels celebrates the campiness and nostalgia that these films evoke. Every chapter is a love letter to a specific movie sequel. As a licensed psychotherapist and psychology professor, Em interprets characters, story arcs, and major themes in a unique voice, while sharing fun and random behind-the-scenes facts about each film. This book will be released September 2024.
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Featuring interviews with Muppeteer Steve Whitmire (creator of Rizzo the Rat from The Great Muppet Caper), Christine Ebersole (My Girl 2), Stuart Pankin (Mannequin 2: On the Move), Peter Mosen (Ghostbusters II), Christopher McDonald and Leif Green (Grease 2), and the “Cool Rider” himself, Maxwell Caulfield (Michael, also from Grease 2).
Comfort Sequels covers the following twelve comfort sequels; Grease 2, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, My Girl 2, Karate Kid: Part II, The Great Muppet Caper, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze, Ghostbusters II, Batman Returns, Dream a Little Dream 2, Mannequin 2: On the Move, The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, and The Evening Star.