Many times, movies, much like songs, are one-hit wonders. They may be hilarious, thrilling, horrifying, or spectacular. Unfortunately, this can lead to production studios trying to capitalize on a good thing, and they take it WAY too far. Subsequently, we get sequels that we never asked for, never wanted, and don't need. So, with that in mind, take a look at the ten worst sequels ever.
10. Any Disney Straight-to-DVD Sequel
(Yes, there are obviously a lot of straight to DVD releases from Disney, but it would take an entire separate list to show them all)
Disney has produced some true classics with their excellent animated features. The Lion King, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella are some of the best animated features of all time. However, they all did so well, Disney decided to produce sequels to all of them. Now, I bet half the people reading this can recite all the lines (or songs) from the Lion King by heart, but can anyone tell me one line from Lion King 2: Simba's Pride? I doubt it.
9. Cars 2 (2011)
Disney's Cars is one of my all-time favorite movies. The diverse cast of characters, the unique setting, and the beautiful themes make for a great film. Granted, it wasn't one of Pixar's best, but it still stuck with me. On the other hand, I barely registered the release of Cars 2. I don't remember a single memorable plot detail from the sequel, and I bet most viewers do either. It currently holds a 39% on Rotten Tomatoes. I'm actually amazed it did so poorly, considering the success of Pixar's other sequels (Toy Story 2 and 3 and Monsters University).
8. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
Where to start with this one? Revenge of the Fallen took everything that made the first Transformers even mildly enjoyable, then overinflated it until it exploded in everyone's face. The racist twins, the infamous pot brownie scene, the overabundance of explosions, and the incoherent plot make this movie all but unwatchable. Then, instead of stopping there, Michael Bay decided to shove more of it in our faces with two sequels that did even worse.
7. Hangover: Part II (2011)
Take a lesson from the Hangover. When something is hugely successful, DO NOT try to rehash the exact same thing for the sequel, or else you will end up with The Hangover Part II. With the exact same concept (friends wake up from a night of drinking to find a friend gone), only set in Bangkok, the sequel felt painfully awkward and forced, instead of the natural, hilarious comedy we were hoping for. In the end, you're better off watching the original Hangover again.
P.S. DO NOT watch The Hangover Part III either.
6. Son of the Mask (2005)
How does such a hilarious movie turn into something so terrible? Oh, that's right. It didn't have Jim Carrey in it. Without Carrey's trademark style, the sequel seems cartoonish and off-putting instead of witty and hilarious. Brought down even further by weak casting, cringe-worthy dialogue, and a laughable plot, this is one sequel you should definitely avoid.
5. Starship Troopers 2 (2004)
Hoo boy. When one talks about terrible sequels, there's going to be at least one sequel to a Paul Verhoeven movie on the list. Case in point, Starship Troopers: Hero of the Federation. Sacrificing everything that made the original so amazing and containing none of the original cast, the sequel ends up being a cheap, direct-to-DVD sci-fi movie with a plot that barely concerns the Arachnids. Though it repeats some of the similar totalitarian government themes, it does not even deserve to call itself part of the Starship Troopers Universe.
4. Robocop 2 (1990)
Remember a second ago when I talked about how bad sequels to Paul Verhoeven movies are when they aren't actually directed by him? Behold, example number two. Granted, this one does one thing right by bringing back Peter Weller (Robocop) and Nancy Allen (Anne Lewis), but loses in the long run by losing the more graphic violence and memorable dialogue that was a staple of the original. Certainly not the worst sequel on this list, but still pretty bad.
3. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
This one is not bad all by itself. Half of the badness can be chalked up to the tragic death of John Belushi in 1982. The other half, however is due to the fact that they even tried to make a second one with just Dan Aykroyd and a completely new set of "Blues Brothers". The second one comes off as slapstick and unfunny, as it also carries a PG-13 Rating. If you really want to watch the Blues Brothers, again, stick with the first one.
2. The Matrix Reloaded
Right off the bat, I love the first act of The Matrix Reloaded. The action scenes are solid, the philosophy isn't too confusing, and the plot is fairly coherent. However, when we reach the infamous Architect scene, the entire movie, possibly the entire mythology of the Matrix franchise, falls apart completely. No one knew what the Architect was talking about when he ranted at Neo, and could only do so by having Webster's dictionary open in front of them. Coupled with (Spoilers!) the iffy resurrection of Trinity and Neo's sudden powers in the real world only seeks to make this movie more confusing and unwatchable.
1. Jaws II
When you take a film as iconic as the original Jaws, with its superb pacing and thrilling atmosphere, and bastardize it with not one, but three sequels, you should not be making movies. The Jaws sequels took a movie with a (fairly) believable plot and turn them into quasi-cartoonish farces, with bigger and more dangerous sharks magically showing up wherever the protagonists happen to be, as well as increasingly ridiculous plots and poor writing. In all seriousness, we're gonna need less sequels (but a bigger boat).
What do you think? Any horrible, unwatchable sequels that I've overlooked? Sound off in the comments below!