Must-See-O-M-G: ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II,’ ‘Christmas Story’ Sequel Trailers Debut (VIDEO)

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It’s not every day moviegoers get introduced to both objectivist propaganda and the shameless exploitation of a beloved childhood property. But on Thursday, trailers premiered for Atlas Shrugged: Part II and A Christmas Story 2, two highly-not-anticipated sequels set for release in 2012.

Mind you, sequels and spin-offs are seldom cause for being awestruck – the reason they exist is because you already liked their ideas once. But we’ve seldom seen movies that are as completely out-there crazy as these two, and their trailers must be seen to be believed. (If also to be studiously avoided when they’re released in theaters and home video.)

Which one will offer a worse time at the movies?

Atlas Shrugged: Part II claims to be based on the novel of the same name by author Ayn Rand. But judging by the trailer, it was created in a lab using remnants of a Roland Emmerich disaster movie and Christopher Nolan’s Inception. Starring Samantha Mathis, Esai Morales and D.B. Sweeney, the film takes place in the near future and follows a woman who faces opposition from an totalitarian government after discovering a solution to a global economic crisis.

Watch the trailer below:

A Christmas Story 2, meanwhile, is based on the works of A Christmas Story author Jean Shepherd, but transformed into a day-glo copy of the first film by screenwriter Nat Mauldin (Doctor Dolittle). Following his acquisition of a Red Ryder BB gun in the original, Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters), now 16, sets his sights on a car, only to find his Christmas wish stymied by the interference of his parents, little brother and friends.

Watch the trailer, now up on Yahoo Movies:

There really aren’t enough words to express exactly how unwanted a sequel is to A Christmas Story. The original is such a famous holiday classic that it’s broadcast literally 24 hours in a row on cable every year, and even if it weren’t, its astute and hilarious portrayal of childhood urges doesn’t need to be revisited.

But Atlas Shrugged: Part II is a passion project: the original film bombed hardcore at the box office, and the filmmakers persisted with a sequel anyway. That doesn’t mean it has more integrity or it’s any better, but at least it can be said that the people who made it weren’t just trying to make money.

Regardless, these are two films whose marketing we will be watching closely as their release date nears. It’s possible that both of them could be completely incredible, but on these films it’s as hard to be objective as it is to believe either will deliver the kind of joy you only get on Christmas morning.

On the other hand, there are some sequels we’re really looking forward to — so watch Zoe Saldana talk about just two of them:

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