Worst Sequels Ever

The Worst Sequels Ever
The Worst Sequels Ever

Why Did They Make That?

Sometimes there are movies that come out that make people laugh or cry.  The movie does really well financially at the theatres and gets nominated for Awards.  Instantly, the movie becomes a classic.

Undoubtedly, if a movie does well at the box office they will make a sequel.  A few sequels have been as good, if not better, than the original.  However, most of the time the sequels don't live up to the hype and ruin the legacy of the great movies.  The following is a short list of the worst sequels ever made. 

The Sequel To National Lampoon's Vacation Just Seemed To Lose Its Way
The Sequel To National Lampoon's Vacation Just Seemed To Lose Its Way

National Lampoon's European Vacation

National Lampoon's Vacation was released in 1983 and became an instant classic. Vacation starred Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo as the parents of two teenage kids. The family decides to drive across the country the visit California's Walley World, a fictional theme park that resembles Disneyland. The clan faces many obstacles along the way including the death of a family member, the killing of a dog and the purchase of a car that can only be classified as a lemon. The movie also features Anthony Michael Hall, John Candy and Eugene Levy.

Vacation was an instant hit. It earned over 61 million at the box office and was ranked as the 46th best comedy by Total Film in 2000. After the success of the original Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation was released in 1985. European Vacation still featured Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo but the two children were replaced with new actors. This movie featured the Griswold family winning a vacation around Europe from a television game show.

What this movie lacked however, was the same humor and timing as the first. The jokes are strained and the children are whiny. Further, the characters the family meet throughout the vacation are not as likeable as the roles played by Randy Quaid or John Candy in the original. The movie also tries to add adventure by having the family taken hostage by jewel thieves. It simply does not work. This movie was so bad I left before it was finished.

National Lampoon's, however, made up for this mistake by releasing two more Vacation movies, Christmas Vacation and Vegas Vacation. While neither lives up to the original, they are both funny in their own ways and are able to make fun of their past mistakes.

 

Witherspoon Tried To Bring Back The Same Charm In The Sequel To Legally Blonde, But It Didn't Work
Witherspoon Tried To Bring Back The Same Charm In The Sequel To Legally Blonde, But It Didn't Work

Legally Blonde 2

Legally Blonde was released in 2001 and starred Reese Witherspoon as the the lovable Elle Woods. The movie tells the story of a bubbly sorority girl who goes to Harvard Law School to chase after her college boyfriend to only find who she is and what she can offer the world. While not the greatest movie ever made, Legally Blond is a funny movie with a good message.

Legally Blonde was an instant hit. It grossed over twenty million in its first weekend, ninety six million in the United States and over 140 million worldwide. It was nominated for three Golden Globes and was ranked 29th in Bravo's list of 100 funniest movies.

Because of the success of Legally Blonde, Witherspoon starred in the sequel Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde in 2003. The movie was a disaster and went straight to DVD. It tried the same jokes as the first and because they were no longer fresh, they were no longer funny. They story evolved around Elle's attempt to change Washington D.C. and save her dog's mother. With a story line like that, how could it miss?

Sandra Bullock Should Have Sped Away From The Sequel To Speed
Sandra Bullock Should Have Sped Away From The Sequel To Speed

Speed 2: Cruise Control

Speed was released in 1994 and starred Keanu Reeves as Officer Jack Traven, an LAPD Bomb expert. The story begins when Traven and his partner save a group of people in an elevator being held hostage by the bad guy, wonderfully played by Dennis Hopper. After this incident, Hopper's character then holds a bus hostage and warns it will blow up if the bus reduces speed under 50 miles per hour. The story then shows how the bus and its driver, played by Sandra Bullock, traverse through Los Angeles.

Speed was also an instant hit. The movie was filled with action and some decent jokes. Hopper was amazing as the crazy bomber and Reeves and Bullock had good chemistry. It grossed over fourteen million its first weekend and over three hundred million in total. Speed received two Oscars for sound and was a critical success.

So of course they made a sequel. Speed 2: Cruise Control was released in 1997 with Sandra Bullock the only star from the original to appear. This time the scene was set on a cruise ship. The reason the original was a hit was it was fresh and new. The sequel tried to use the same unbelievable gimmicks and stunts only to have the audience claim it has all been done before.

Despite the long awaited arrival of this sequel, The Godfather Part III Failed In Comparison With The Originals.
Despite the long awaited arrival of this sequel, The Godfather Part III Failed In Comparison With The Originals.

The Godfather Part III

The Godfather Part I and Part II were released in 1972 and and 1974 respectively. Each is considered one of the best movies of all time (at least by me) and Part II is considered one of the best sequels ever made and many believe it is better than the original. The Godfather movies tell the story of the Corleone Family, a powerful New York Mob family. Part I and Part II track the rise of the patriarch of the family through the reign of his youngest son. The movies are well written, directed and acted. They are classics.

The Godfather Part III was released in 1990 and finishes the story of Michael Corleone's attempts to make the family legitimate. Al Pacino, Talia Shire and Diane Keaton reprise their roles. However, Part III adds Andy Garcia as the Don in waiting and Sofia Coppola, the director's daughter, as Michael Corleone's daughter.

For many, Sofia Coppola ruins the legacy of this trilogy. She is a horrible actress who lacks timing and sincerity. However, she is not the only problem with the movie. The plot revolves around the Church and business and for the first time feeds into the stereotype of mafia. The characters are no longer likable but run of the mill gangsters and thieves. For this, the movie lacked the charm of the originals. While not the worst movie ever made, it falls so short in comparison with its predecessors that it is one of the worst sequels ever..

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Hawkesdream 7 years ago from Cornwall

I'm with you guidebaba, personally I can't think of any sequels that match the original. Perhaps our expectations are too high, maybe we should watch the sequel first lol


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

With many of the sequels I wonder was there such demand after the original to make a sequel?

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lafenty 7 years ago from California

A few more that should have been left alone, Alien, Jurassic Park and any of the Disney movies.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Fair Point. The list is so long that I could only include a few. I will add as time permits.

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R. Johnson 7 years ago

I agree, Jurassic Park 2 was not as exciting and thrilling as the first movie. One more example: Highlander II lol.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Good example.

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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

I happen to agree with you. There're a whole lot of other movies whose sequels suck as well. Like Walking Tall, Green Street Hooligans, Starship Troopers, and many more.


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bgpappa 7 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Thanks fierycj

There are too many to list. These are ones that I actually saw in the theatre and was mad that I spent money on them. I walked out of European Vacation.


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Mezo 6 years ago from Egypt

I agree with you...but didn't really hate Godfather III...may be i just loved the story whatever the acting was.

What do you think about Shrek2 and iceage 1,2,3 ?


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I didn't hate Godfather III either, but it was so below the standard of the first two in my humble opinion. I don't mind sequals for kids movies as much, they are what they are.

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Mavrek's Mayhem 6 years ago

I totally agree with Speed 2. I think the reason its so awful is that the first one was so good. Good List even though I have a soft spot for National Lampoons. Guilty pleasure.


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I love the other three Vaction movies. But that one really let me down.

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Glimmer515 6 years ago from Never Never Land

did lafenty actually say alien shouldn't have made a sequal???? ALIENS was prob one of the most succesful sequals ever made next to The Godfather! Sorry Lafenty but u are sooooo in the wrong here!


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bgpappa 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

lol.

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phteh 4 years ago from Georgetown

Hmm, I must make time to see all those movies.


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

See the originals first phteh, then you will see why these are so bad.

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cody 4 years ago

the butterfly effect 2 didn't come close to being as awesome as the first butterfly effect movie which was truly amazing


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Nice choice Cody.

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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

What are your thoughts about the Evil Dead trilogy? And how about Blade Trinity?


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Haven't seen them. What are your thoughts?

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jessefutch 4 years ago from North Carolina

I just did a double take at your comment! You haven't seen the Evil Dead trilogy? Where have you been living!!?? It's a major cult classic! They are ridiculously cheesy, poorly made and hilarious! Evil Dead is a "horror" that is fantastically funny because it's so bad!

As for Blade Trinity, all three are good movies (especially for a Wesley Snipe movie). Just an example of sequels and threequels that were great ideas to produce!


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bgpappa 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

I know I am horrible. I will check them out.

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