There was once a time when sequels were actually seen as much better than the original movie, but in recent years sequels have become more and more disappointing. There are some sequels to the biggest movies of the past five years that many believe shouldn't have been made. Sequels are becoming more and more common nowadays but instead of having the hype that surrounded the first movie, many of them are instead released directly to DVD because the film company is aware that this second instalment won't be as good as the first.
The biggest issue with many sequels is that after the first movie does well, the main cast aren't under any obligation to come back for a second so they then have to be recast and the films no longer feel like they are linked. This has happened with even the biggest movie franchises, including American Pie and The Prince and Me, which interestingly spanned four movies.
The following list looks at 20 sequels from the past five years that many fans pretend never happened, whether this is based on ratings or critics reviews. Some of the biggest and best-known movies have spawned sequels that fans wish they could forget, because they were unable to achieve the same level of success as the first movie. It could be argued that many of these movies should never have made it out of the first meeting.
20 The Inbetweeners 2 (2014)
The Inbetweeners was once one of the most popular UK teen TV series before it came to an end after the third season and it was then announced that there was a film in the pipeline. The series came to an official end in 2010 and the following year the first Inbetweeners movie was released.
Whilst the first movie was met with rave reviews, three years later in 2014, the sequel was released but didn't receive the same kind of reception. The original movie received a 75% score from Rotten Tomatoes, but the sequel was unable to achieve the same since it was given a score of just 58%.
19 Zoolander 2 (2016)
Zoolander was originally released back in 2001 and saw Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson fight it out for the title of best male model. It was a hilarious movie that was considered a breath of fresh air. 15 years later, Stiller and Wilson returned to the big screen but this time the script lacked the genius of the original.
Many critics panned the sequel that took more than a decade to become a reality, whilst Screen Rant's Sandy Schaefer wrote: "Zoolander 2 aims to be bigger and crazier than its predecessor, but amounts to a serviceable (though less memorable) comedy sequel."
18 The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Snow White has become one of the most successful fairytales of all time, but when Hollywood decided to cash in on The Snow White and The Huntsman franchise, it became one of the most costly mistakes. Whilst the original movie was considered a success, The Huntsman wasn't on the same level.
The average rating on Rotten Tomatoes is just 17%. Critics go on to claim that they wouldn't recommend the movie to a friend. Even a cast that boasted Hollywood heavyweights like Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt and Chris Hemsworth wasn't enough to save this movie from ultimate failure.
17 Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)
Independence Day was one of the biggest movies ever made when it was first released back in 1996 and shockingly, fans were forced to wait two decades for the unwarranted sequel. Independence Day: Resurgence wasn't the movie that fans were promised since the movie only served to axe one of the most beloved characters and did absolutely nothing to push the original story forward.
Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie at just 4.3 out of 10 and wrote, "It's undeniably visually impressive, but like its predecessor, Independence Day: Resurgence lacks enough emotional heft to support its end-of-the-world narrative stakes."
16 Sharknado 2 (2014)
The Sharknado saga has gotten out of hand over the past few years since there are now six movies that have been released under the name, despite the fact that the first movie wasn't even met by many positive reviews. The franchise is mainly comical silliness which involves flying sharks and somehow fans are still entertained by the same storyline over and over.
15 The Hangover Part 3 (2013)
The Hangover was a huge success, which could be why a second movie was then created and seemingly followed the same plot line. The cameos in the franchise included the likes of Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton but even these weren't considered enough to save it.
The New York Times called the movie a "dull, lazy walkthrough" as well as stating that it has "a claim to be the year's worst star-driven movie."
14 Piranha 3DD (2013)
The original Piranha film was released back in 1978 and was seen as a popular satirical horror film at the time, but 32 years later the movie was given a reboot in 3D. The 2010 movie was a hit with many fans but directors have since decided to push out many more sequels to the movie, which are just parodies of the first.
The sequel was panned by critics and Rotten Tomatoes rated the movie at just 3.2.
13 Ted 2 (2015)
The original Ted movie was released back in 2012 and was absolutely hilarious but there was never any need for there to be a sequel since one of the biggest issues with the second movie was the fact that Amanda Seyfried was called in to take Mila Kunis' place.
Whilst Ted 2 received a score of 5.2 from Rotten Tomatoes, there are many critics who weren't a fan of the humor or the story arch that was involved in the second installment of the movie about the lifesize talking teddy bear that all the kids wanted to see but none of them were actually allowed.
12 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)
The Paranormal Activity series has managed to create more than six sequels now but when The Ghost Dimension was released back in 2015 the plot was the same as many of the other movies. The thrills and jump sequences from its predecessors have mostly run dry, which could be why it was panned by many critics.
Rotten Tomatoes rated Ghost Dimension with the lowest rating of all the Paranormal Activity movies at just 3.6 and left a review that said: "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension ties up some of the franchise's lingering questions, but six films into the series, the thrills are mostly gone."
11 Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)
The Divergent Series was finally adapted for the big screen but the first two movies weren't considered to be as successful as producers hoped. The third movie was rated as the worst and was the main reason why plans for the final movie, which was set to be called Ascendant and released in 2017 were ultimately scrapped.
The movies were set in a dystopic future and starred Shailene Woodley and Theo James, but whilst there were fans that were excited to see the end of the series, the rating of just 16% meant that all plans were abandoned.
10 Dumb And Dumber To (2014)
Dumb And Dumber was released back in 1994 and was one of the funniest films of the year but two decades later when the sequel was released, it was a little too late, since the humour felt very dated.
Rotten Tomatoes wrote "Dumb and Dumber To does have its moments, but not enough of them and the Farrelly brothers' brand of humor is nowhere near as refreshingly transgressive as it once seemed." The average score that was given for the movie was just 4.3 out of 10 since fans waited two decades for this sequel and it didn't live up to the hype.
9 Grown Ups 2 (2013)
When the original Grown Ups movie was released back in 2010, the cast, which included the likes of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, and Chris Rock, was incredible. It was a hilarious comedy, but the sequel wasn't met with the same reaction.
Critics rated the movie at just 7%, with The New York Times reviewing the movie as "pap, plain and simple: scattered raunch-lite devoid of emotional resonance." Once again, this was another movie that didn't need a sequel.
8 Terminator Genisys (2015)
Terminator will always be seen as one of the biggest robot movies in history, but more than two decades after Arnold Schwarzenegger was cast as the original Terminator, Genisys became the sequel no one asked for and even fewer people went to see on the big screen. The 2015 movie was seen to have a boring storyline throughout and with a rating of just 23% the movie obviously didn't live up to the 1984 classic.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said that the movie was "mechanical in the worst way" whilst Rotten Tomatoes stated that the movie " lacks the thematic depth, conceptual intelligence, or visual thrills that launched this once-mighty franchise."
7 A Good Day To Die Hard (2013)
Die Hard is arguably one of the most popular Christmas movies of all time, but John McClane's adventures have continued over the last few decades and finally went out with a whimper in the fifth movie of the franchise. A Good Day To Die Hard back in 2013 proved that Bruce Willis was no longer able to pick up the mantle of McClane and is seen as easily the worst movie in the saga.
Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie just 3.9 out of 1o as well as stating that "A Good Day to Die Hard is the weakest entry in a storied franchise, and not even Bruce Willis' smirking demeanor can enliven a cliched, uninspired script."
6 Taken 3 (2015)
The first two Taken films centered around Liam Neeson and the fact that he was out to protect his family, but when it was revealed that there would be a third, many wondered who would get taken this time around. Instead, in Taken 3, Neeson is the one being hunted whilst he's also hunting for those who harmed his wife.
There's a reason this movie was the final one in the Taken saga. Critics gave the movie an average score of just 12%, whilst Rotten Tomatoes' review stated, "Hampered by toothless PG-13 action sequences, incoherent direction, and a hackneyed plot, Taken 3 serves as a clear signal that it's well past time to retire this franchise."
5 Transformers: The Age of Extinction (2014)
Gone are the days of Megan Fox and Shia LaBeouf in their small town figuring out that his little yellow car could transform. It appears that this franchise has grown bigger over the years but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's better.
With Bumblebee set to be released next year, the sequels to the original movie keep coming, but since Age of Extinction was only able to score 3.9 out of 10, it is unknown as to why all these movies have continued to be given the green light.
4 Scary Movie 5 (2015)
Ashley Tisdale was the main cast member in Scary Movie 5 as the plot centered around the satire of the Paranormal Activity movies, but at this point, the Scary Movie films had already lost their charm.
With an average rating from critics of just 4% which saw the movie awarded just 2 out of 10, it's no wonder that Rotten Tomatoes gave the film this scathing review: "Juvenile even by Scary Movie standards, this fifth instalment offers stale pop culture gags that generate few laughs."
3 Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack (2017)
When it comes to cheerleading films, Bring It On has always been in a class of its own. Over the past two decades, the original movie has gone on to create five more movies with the most recent being released last year entitled Bring It On: Worldwide Cheersmack.
The final addition to the best-known cheerleading franchise in the world received the lowest rating on the list with many critics calling it an uninspired sequel and Rotten Tomatoes giving the movie an average rating of just 1.4 out of 10. Hopefully, this is the final chapter of the Bring It On saga.
2 Jason Bourne (2016)
When The Bourne Identity first made its debut on the big screen, Matt Damon was seen as a hip alternative to James Bond. This series then went on to push Daniel Craig's Bond to another level, but by the time Jason Bourne was released back in 2016, Damon had grown too old to be seen as a respectable spy.
CBR rated the unwanted sequel as the worst movie of the summer, whilst many other sites stated that the movie failed to innovate in the same way its predecessors did and it was hard for the audience to move back to Damon after Jeremy Renner had been seen in the main role of The Bourne Legacy.
1 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge (2017)
Pirates of the Caribbean has been a huge hit for Disney ever since Jack Sparrow first emerged back in 2003, but in the years that have followed and the sequels that the movie has created have all been living in the shadow of the first.
Salazar's revenge was the second movie in the franchise to not star Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann in the main roles. Instead, it was the child of Turner and Swann who was given screen time along with Johnny Depp and even Bond villain Javier Bardem wasn't enough to pull in the positive reviews. The average Rotten Tomatoes rating for the movie was just 4.7 out of 10.