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The Worst Sequels Of All Time  

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The worst movie sequels from throughout film history. These are the follow-up films in a franchise or reboots that brought the most disgrace to a once-beloved properly, and most completely abandoned the elements that had made the first film popular. In many cases, these terrible sequels even abandoned core concepts, characters and ideas that had made the initial films successful - as when the Joel Schumacher Batman series ditched Tim Burton's dark, gloomy sensibility for candy-colored cartoon theatrics, or the "Jaws" series left realism behind and became a flat-out shark horror series.

Follow-up films have always been a huge temptation for movies executives and studios. Name recognition and positive sentiment towards the first movie means a better chance that a sequel will fare better at the box office than a random, unknown title. Additionally, contracts are often signed before an initial movie is made locking in talent for a second, and even third, entry in a potential franchise, meaning there is less up-front dealmaking and casting to be done before production can begin.

In the case of franchises that are essentially 'locked in place' prior to the release of the first movie, like the "Harry Potter" and "Hunger Games" series, these pre-negotiations can be even more all-encompassing. Often, sequel films are shot simultaneously with the original film, or immediately after production has ceased on Part 1. Richard Donner and producer Ilya Salkind famously attempted to shoot "Superman 1" and "Superman 2" at the same time before the idea was abandoned. The concept was again taken up by Peter Jackson when he made the entire "Lord of the Rings" trilogy of films at once.
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Son of the Mask is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Logan2011 added Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins, Ben Stein
Son of the Mask is a 2005 American fantasy family-comedy film directed by Lawrence Guterman and starring Jamie Kennedy as Tim Avery, an aspiring cartoonist from Fringe City who has just had his ...more
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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Jaws: The Revenge Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles
Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more
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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman
Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more
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Superman IV: The Quest for Pea... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series. This is the first film in ...more
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Speed 2: Cruise Control is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe, Tim Conway
Speed 2: Cruise Control is a 1997 American action thriller film, and a sequel to Speed. The film was produced and directed by Jan de Bont, and written by Randall McCormick and Jeff Nathanson, ...more
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Exorcist II: The Heretic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
James Earl Jones, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow
Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 horror film directed by John Boorman and written by William Goodhart. It stars Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul ...more
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Caddyshack II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid
Caddyshack II is a 1988 golf comedy film and sequel to Caddyshack. The film stars Jackie Mason, Dan Aykroyd, Robert Stack, Dyan Cannon, Randy Quaid, Chevy Chase, Jonathan Silverman, and Jessica ...more
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Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Jon Voight, Scott Baio, Vanessa Angel
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2 is a 2004 comedy film and directed by Bob Clark. It is a sequel to the 1999 film Baby Geniuses and, like its predecessor, it received extremely negative reviews from ...more
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Scary Movie 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson
Scary Movie 5 is a 2013 American comedy film and the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. It was distributed by Dimension Films, a division of The Weinstein Company. The film is ...more
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Home Alone 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Logan2011 added Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith, Marian Seldes
Home Alone 3 is a 1997 American family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes. It is the third film in the Home Alone series and the first not to feature actor Macaulay Culkin, director ...more
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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Logan2011 added Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a 2000 American psychological horror film and the sequel to The Blair Witch Project, directed by Joe Berlinger. Another sequel was planned but never ...more
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Basic Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling, Hugh Dancy
Basic Instinct 2, is a 2006 thriller film and the sequel to 1992's Basic Instinct. The film was directed by Michael Caton-Jones and produced by Mario Kassar, Joel B. Michaels, and Andrew G. ...more
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The Birds II: Land's End is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Tippi Hedren, James Naughton, Jan Rubeš
The Birds II: Land's End is the 1994 television movie sequel to Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 classic The Birds. It stars Brad Johnson, Chelsea Field, James Naughton, and Tippi Hedren, in a role ...more
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American Psycho 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Mila Kunis, William Shatner, Lindy Booth
American Psycho 2 is a 2002 direct-to-video stand-alone sequel-spin-off of Mary Harron's 2000 film adaptation of American Psycho. It is directed by Morgan J. Freeman and stars Mila Kunis as ...more
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Halloween 6 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasence, Mitchell Ryan
Picking up six years after the events of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, this competently produced but ultimately disappointing sequel attempts to tie up the uneven horror series' ...more
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Mannequin Two: On the Move is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Kristy Swanson, Meshach Taylor, William Ragsdale
Mannequin Two: On the Move is a 1991 romantic comedy film and a sequel to the 1987 film Mannequin. The film stars Kristy Swanson as a mannequin who was frozen one thousand years ago by an evil ...more
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Troll 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Jason F. Wright, Darren Ewing, Michael Stephenson
Troll 2 is a 1990 horror comedy B movie directed by Claudio Fragasso and starring Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie McFarland, Deborah Reed and Jason Wright. The plot concerns ...more
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Sex and the City 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker
This film is a 2010 American romantic comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Michael Patrick King. It is the sequel to the 2008 film, which is based on the HBO TV series of the same ...more
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Poltergeist III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, Nancy Allen
Poltergeist III is a 1988 American horror film. It is the third and final entry in the Poltergeist film series. Writers Michael Grais and Mark Victor, who wrote the screenplay for the first two ...more
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Jason X is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
David Cronenberg, Lexa Doig, Peter Mensah
Jason X is a 2001 Canadian-American science fiction slasher film directed by Jim Isaac. It is the tenth installment in the Friday the 13th film series. The film made $16,951,798 worldwide ...more
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Star Trek V: The Final Frontie... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is a 1989 American science fiction film released by Paramount Pictures. It is the fifth feature film based on Star Trek, and a sequel to the 1966–1969 Star Trek ...more
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Amityville 3-D is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin, Tess Harper
Amityville 3-D is a 1983 American horror thriller film and the third installment in the The Amityville Horror series. It was one of a spate of 3-D films released in the early 1980s. The film was ...more
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Police Academy: Mission to Mos... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Christopher Lee, Claire Forlani, Ron Perlman
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow is a 1994 comedy crime film starring George Gaynes, Michael Winslow, David Graf, and Claire Forlani. It is the seventh and final film in the Police Academy ...more
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Star Wars Episode I: The Phant... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor
(32 Years Before Episode IV) Stranded on the desert planet Tatooine after rescuing young Queen Amidala from the impending invasion of Naboo, Jedi apprentice Obi-Wan Kenobi and his Jedi Master ...more
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Big Momma's House 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Logan2011 added Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence
Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the ...more