It happens to all of us, when we wake up in the middle of the night with a cold sweat. We tell ourselves that it was just a horrible nightmare. Nothing more than a bad dream, it wasn’t real. It never happened, we could just go back to sleep and rest easy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the boogeyman, Freddy or Jason chasing us in the nightmare. It’s much more horrifying, it’s the sequel that ruined everything and worse, it’s real, it’s damn real. Sometimes, a movie is so awesome and so amazing that fans want more. Fans can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen next to their favorite characters. Are they going to be happy? Are they going to lose everything? Some questions should be left unanswered.
Generally, sequels are considered to be inferior to its predecessor. In most cases, a sequel has difficulty living up to what came before it. Some sequels have proved the exception to the rule, such as, The Godfather Part II and Aliens. However, most of the time fans are left with a pain in the pit of their stomach, and not because they ate too much popcorn. Perhaps, fans and critics are too harsh and judgmental against a sequel. Sometimes, a sequel can be good but not as great as the first film. Other times, a sequel can ruin a series so bad that fans and critics will never forget it, no matter how hard they try too. Honorable mention goes out to Star Wars Episodes 1 to 3. Although, they are prequels and not sequels, many fans were disappointed and angry with the outcome. Here is a look at 20 Sequels We Wish Didn’t Exist.
20) The Godfather Part III – December 20, 1990
The Godfather Part III revolved around an older and aging mafia kingpin, Michael Corleone, as he tries to makes his family legitimate. The first film, The Godfather released March 15, 1972, is often considered one of the greatest films ever made. The Godfather Part II released December 20, 1974, is often regarded as one of the greatest sequels ever made. In comparison to the first two films, the third did very poorly. It did well at the box office and was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. The original plot included the character of Tom Hagen, played by Robert Duvall. However, Duvall could not come to terms with the studio and his character was written out. Director Francis Ford Coppola feels that without Tom Hagen, the story seemed incomplete. Most of the criticism fell onto Coppola’s daughter, Sofia Coppola, who played the role of Michael’s daughter, Mary. Her acting ability and talent was heavily criticized. Some felt GF3 tarnished the legacy of the series, while others felt it was a fitting end.
19) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde – July 2, 2003
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde followed the beautiful and talented Elle Woods, played by Reese Witherspoon, as she takes on a cosmetic company for testing on animals. It was the sequel to the very successful Legally Blonde, which was released July 13, 2001. The first film was a critical and commercial success. The sequel received a majority of negative reviews. Many felt it was the same old “blonde joke” over and over. The film did well enough that it’s considered a success for the studio, but was overall a disappointment. However, much like the first film, Reese Witherspoon received universal praise for her role.
18) Staying Alive – July 15, 1983
Staying Alive followed Tony Manero, played by John Travolta, six years after the events of the first film. The sequel follows Tony as he struggles to achieve his dream of making dancing his career. It was the sequel to the iconic film, Saturday Night Fever, which was released on December 14, 1977. The original was a critical and commercial success. The sequel did very well at the box office but nowhere near the first film. Fans and critics heavily criticized the sequel. Many felt that it lacked the “heart” and “shock” of the first film. They also felt it lacked the grittiness of the first and that the dance sequences felt uninspired. Some critics felt the sequel was “unnecessary” and “embarrassing”. It was directed and co-written by Sylvester Stallone.
17) Halloween 2 and Halloween III: Season of The Witch – October 30, 1981 and October 22, 1982
Halloween 2 continues to follow the sick and sadistic Michael Myers, as he stalks his sister, Laurie Strode, played by Jamie Lee Curtis. The first Halloween was released October 25, 1978. It is considered an iconic horror film. The sequel received mixed reviews from critics. It did do well at the box office, but nowhere near the success of the original. Some felt that Michael Myers had too much screen time, which made him appear less scary.
Halloween III: Season of The Witch received extremely negative feedback. It contained no story elements from the first two films. It was a completely new story with new characters. Most significantly, there was no Michael Myers. Halloween III bombed at the box office. Michael Myers was brought back to the series 6 years later. However, no film in the series would ever equal the success of the original.
16) Dumber and Dumber To – November 14, 2014
Dumber and Dumber To followed dim-witted but lovable best friends, Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne, played by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. The plot revolved around the two searching for Harry’s daughter, so that he can get a kidney transplant. It was the sequel to Dumb and Dumber, which was released on December 16, 1994. The original was highly praised by fans and critics. However, the sequel received mostly mixed to negative reviews from critics. Some felt it was simply not as funny as the first. Other critics felt it was just too late for a sequel. However, it did very well at the box office.
15) Blues Brothers 2000 – February 6, 1998
Blues Brothers 2000 revolves around Elwood Blues, who is released from prison and wants to reform the band, The Blues Brothers. The first film, The Blues Brothers, was released June 20, 1980. It revolved around brothers, Jake and Elwood Blues, played by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, who enter into a battle of the bands in order to save the orphanage they grew up in. In the sequel, when Elwood is released, he finds out that his brother Jake Blues had died. This was done because Belushi had died shortly after the release of the original. The first film was a huge success and helped make big stars out of Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. John Goodman joined the cast in the sequel. The Sequel bombed at the box office and was a major disappointment.
14) American Psycho 2 – June 18, 2002
American Psycho 2 revolved around a young woman who is a criminology student and is drawn to serial killing. It was the sequel/spin off of American Psycho, which was released on April 14, 2000 and starred Christian Bale. The first film received mostly positive reviews from critics. Christian Bale received universal praise for his role as the insane, Patrick Bateman. The sequel starred Mila Kunis as Rachel Newman. It was not shown in theatres and was a direct-to-video release. The sequel received a universal negative response from fans and critics. Mila Kunis reportedly regretted her decision to appear in the sequel.
13) Predator 2 – November 21, 1990
Predator 2 revolved around a LAPD officer Mike Harrigan, played by Danny Glover, investigating the war between two drug cartels. He is unaware that a technologically advanced alien, Predator, is stalking and hunting the people of L.A. It was the sequel to Predator, released June 12, 1987, and starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. The first film initially received mixed reviews but it is now considered one of the best action movies ever. The sequel was heavily criticized and did not meet the expectations of the first. Some critics felt that it was too violent and unoriginal. It did well at the box office but was considered a disappointment when compared to the first film. Arnold Schwarzenegger did not return because of a pay dispute. The film did receive praise for the casting of Danny Glover.
12) Teen Wolf Too – November 20, 1987
Teen Wolf Too revolved around a college student who discovers that he can turn into a werewolf. He uses his new-found ability to dominate in college boxing. The film starred Jason Bateman. It was the sequel to Teen Wolf starring Michael J. Fox, which was released August 23, 1985. It revolved around a high school basketball player who discovers he can turn into a werewolf. The first film did very well at the box office but received mixed reviews from critics. The sequel did poorly at the box office and received exclusively negative reviews. Famous film critics, Siskel and Ebert, gave the film an enthusiastic two thumbs down.
11) Robocop 3 – November 5, 1993
Robocop 3 revolved around Robocop seeking revenge for the death of his partner. It was the third film in the Robocop Series. The first film, Robocop released on July 17, 1987, was considered one of the best movies of 87. The sequel, Robocop II, released on June 22, 1990 had mostly positive to mixed reviews. However, it did well at the box office. The third film received mostly negative reviews. The film was toned down to be more family friendly, which was in sharp contrast to the graphic violence of the first two. Peter Weller, the original Robocop, was unavailable to reprise his role and was replaced. The series was rebooted in 2014.
10) Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace – July 17, 1983 and July 24, 1987
Superman III revolved around the Man of Steel as he did battle with villain Ross Webster, who wants to control the world’s oil supply and destroy Superman. It was the sequel to Superman and Superman II, which were released December 13, 1978 and December 4, 1980, respectively. It had mostly mixed to negative reviews. It was criticized for its more comedic tone and for the decision to cast iconic Stand up comedian, Richard Pryor. However, Christopher Reeve was praised for his role as Superman/Clark Kent.
Superman IV: The Quest For Peace was the final film to feature Christopher Reeve as Superman. The plot followed Superman, as he did battle with Lex Luthor and his evil Superman clone, Nuclear Man. It was a critical and commercial flop. It is often regarded as one of the worst movies ever. It failed at the box office and put an end to the original series. Christopher Reeve even reportedly regretted his decision to do the fourth film.
9) Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 – October 27, 2000
Books Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 was a horror film that revolved around a group of tourists arriving in Maryland, after seeing the first film. It was the sequel to the tremendously successful found footage, horror film, The Blair Witch Project, released July 30, 1999. The original followed three film students investigating the myth of the Blair witch. For the sequel, the studio went ahead without the involvement of the original creators. The sequel received almost universal negative reviews. The first film was a low budget movie that was different than the majority of horror movies at the time. Fans and critics felt that the sequel was much more glamorous, had a much bigger budget, relied on special effects and was like any other horror movie of the time.
8) Grease 2 – June 11, 1982
Grease 2 was a musical that starred Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. The plot revolved around two lovers in the 1960’s. It was the sequel to the enormously successful film, Grease, which starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The first film was released on June 16, 1978. The original followed two lovers in the 1950’s. The first film was a critical and commercial success. The sequel did not come even close to the success of the first film. It was heavily criticized with most fans and critics feeling that the sequel just covered the same ground as the first film, just over and over again. However, Michelle Pfeiffer was highly praised for her role and was considered the only redeeming quality. The sequel was actually the second film in a planned series that would have included two more sequels and a TV series. However, after Grease 2’s poor performance at the box office, those plans were dropped.
7) I Still Know What You Did Last Summer – November 13, 1998
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer revolved around Julie James, played by Jennifer Love-Hewitt, continuing to be stalked by a deranged killer. It was the sequel to the very successful film, I Know What You Did Last Summer, which was released October 17, 1997. The original followed four friends who were being stalked by a killer, one year after covering up a car accident. The sequel received negative reviews from critics and fans. Some critics described the sequel as being “predictable” and “boring”. However, regardless of the negative response, the film did well at the box office. In 2006, a third film, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer, was released direct-t0-video. It is not connected to the first two films.
6) Basic Instinct 2 – March 30, 2006
Basic Instinct 2 is an erotic thriller that followed writer and suspected serial killer Catharine Tramell, played by Sharon Stone. It was the sequel to the controversial and massively successful film, Basic Instinct, which was released March 20, 1992. The first film generated a ton of controversy, but was a critical and commercial success. It is one of the most financially successful films of all time. The sequel bombed and was a major disaster at the box office. Critics blasted the film and focused their criticism on the plot. It also suffered from being compared to its predecessor. The sequel is considered a critical and commercial failure.
5) Son Of The Mask – February 18, 2005
Son Of The Mask revolved around cartoonist Tim Avery, played by Jamie Kennedy, who has a son born with the powers of the mask. It was the sequel to The Mask, starring Jim Carrey, which was released July 29, 1994. The first film was a huge success and helped make Jim Carrey a movie star. However, the sequel received universal negative reviews. It bombed at the box office and the decision to cast Jamie Kennedy was heavily criticized by some. It was lighter in tone and was family friendly. This was in contrast to the first film, which was darker in tone and more adult oriented.
4) The Exorcist II: The Heretic – June 17, 1977
The Exorcist II: The Heretic is set four years after the first film. The plot revolved around 16-year-old Regan MacNeil, played by Linda Blair, who is still recovering from her demonic possession. It is the sequel to one of the greatest films and most influential horror films ever made, The Exorcist, released December 26, 1973. William Friedkin directed the first film. The sequel is regarded to be one of the worst films ever made. It’s considered a major disappointment at the box office. At the time, many critics felt that it had tarnished the legacy of the first film. It’s considered a critical failure.
3) Speed 2: Cruise Control – June 13, 1997
Speed 2: Cruise Control followed Annie Porter, played by Sandra Bullock, who goes on a cruise ship with her husband, which is then hijacked. It was the sequel to the massively successful action/thriller Speed, which was released on June 10, 1994. The original starred Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. The plot revolved around a runaway bus that had a bomb on it. In the sequel, the cruise ship is programmed to crash into an oil tanker, at a very slow pace. The sequel is considered one of the worst sequels of all time. It was heavily criticized for its dialogue, characters and its less than thrilling action scenes. At the time of its release, it was considered a critical disaster. Keanu Reeves chose not to return for the sequel and was replaced by Jason Patric.
2) Jaws 4: The Revenge – July 17, 1987
Jaws 4: The Revenge revolved around Ellen Brody, the wife of Sheriff Martin Brody, who was the protagonist in the first two films. It follows Ellen as she goes to the Bahamas. She is convinced that a great white shark is stalking her family. The first film, Jaws released June 20, 1975, is considered one of the greatest horror films. The final installment in the series is considered to be one of the worst movies ever made. It made the least amount of money at the box office and was heavily criticized by fans and critics. It received negative reviews for the special effects, inconsistencies in the story and implausible scenes, such as the shark swimming from New York to the Bahamas, in three days. The tagline for the film, that had many fans and critics laughing, was, “This time it’s personal”.
1) Batman and Robin – June 20, 1997
Batman and Robin revolved around the dynamic duo battling Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy. It’s the fourth and final film in the first Warner Brothers Batman series. The film had an outstanding cast that included, George Clooney, Chris O’Donnell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman and Alicia Silverstone. The film received intense negative reviews and is often considered to be one of the worst films ever made. It was the third highest opening film in 97, but declined rapidly in its second week. The film was considered to be too family friendly and was much lighter in tone, compared to the darker films in the series. There was also criticism of the Batman and Robin costumes, in particular the distinctive codpieces. At the time, the film did so poorly that it put an end to the planned, Batman Triumphant. It did so badly, George Clooney said, “I think we might have killed the franchise.” Luckily, that wasn’t the case, as Christopher Nolan would reboot the Batman Series to critical acclaim.
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