There are some sequels out there that match or exceed their originals. Godfather Part II, Terminator 2, The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Then there are those “other” sequels – the ones that not only don’t come close to matching the power of the original, but are so bad it’s almost like an insult. Typically these productions are shitted out by corporate idiots only looking to cash in on the first film’s success, with no particular care about the quality of the movie itself. Some of them are so bad that they become almost works of art in their field of ineptitude. We now present these top 10 worst movie sequels to you, dear readers*
* Note: Some “obvious” bad-sequels have been left out because they were sequels to films that were pretty horrible in themselves. Case in point: Baby Geniuses 2 is a horrible movie no matter how you slice it, but the original movie Baby Geniuses wasn’t exactly Citizen Kane now, was it? We tried to pick some movies that were huge disappointments because the first ones were so good. So, with that in mind, here are some of the
Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels Ever Made
2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
Sure, take everything cool and brainy about 2001: A Space Odyssey and turn it into a typical hand-holding piece of Hollywood tripe, complete with dumb voice-overs by Roy Scheider. Hey, we didn’t understand anything about 2001 so be sure to tell us, in simple language, and very slowly. Thanks.
Highlander 2: The Quickening (1991)
The original Highlander was a fun adventure about immortal beings. This movie uses that as a jumping off point into sci-fi nonsense, making our heroes into banished superbeings from the planet Zeist. There’s also some crap about UV rays destroying the ozone. Sean Connery’s character died in the first one but he is brought back to life here through the magic of money. Props, though, to Michael Ironside, for playing a total maniac but making him funny. The Zeist storyline was so out there that they actually reworked the film into something called Highlander 2 – Renegade Version, which drops all references to them being extra-terrestrials.
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
The Matrix Reloaded should have been called The Matrix: Bloated. We acknowledge that. But there are plenty of ideas in it and some good sequences despite all the mess… one of which suggested that Zion itself might be another virtual world. The third film Matrix Revolutions pisses all over this concept and brings nothing new to the table except for rehashed action scenes from the first film. The ending involving Neo fighting Smith is underwhelming, anticlimactic, and nonsensical. The decision to focus on unimportant characters like secondary Zion residents and sentient computer programs that nobody cares about is a major mistake. No, we’re not going to watch The Animatrix just so we can “get” it. Jerks.
Watch this scene, where it takes Trinity forever and ever to die.
Jaws – The Revenge (1987)
One of the worst horror sequels ever made, featuring an extremely fake-looking mechanical shark that follows a member of the Brody family around, because sharks like to take revenge on humans. This time, it’s personal! Features a badly edited ending (with a shark that ROARS!); it should have gotten the editor thrown in jail. We’ll watch Jaws 3 before we watch this crap.
Freddy’s Dead – The Final Nightmare (1991)
They actually thought it was a good idea to put Rosanne Barr and Tom Arnold in this sub-par sequel. Making the ending sequence in 3D (and featuring a character who actually puts on 3D glasses!) is quite possibly the dumbest thing we have ever seen. Or was it perhaps the scene where Freddy plays a victim like a video game and we watch him bounce around like a goof. Who can say? All we know is that by this time the producers of Elm Street had no illusions about churning out anything other than a quick product meant to deliver gimmicks only (“This is the last one, we swear! And It’s in 3-D!”). Wes Craven would have to come back again to fix it with New Nightmare.
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