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The Worst Sequels Of All Time 

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List Rules Only movie sequels. No TV.

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
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Released: 2005

Directed by: Lawrence Guterman

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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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman

Released: 1997

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles

Released: 1987

Directed by: Joseph Sargent

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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Speed 2: Cruise Control ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe, Tim Conway

Released: 1997

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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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Superman IV: The Quest f... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent

Released: 1987

Directed by: Sidney J. Furie

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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Superbabies: Baby Genius... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Jon Voight, Scott Baio, Vanessa Angel

Released: 2004

Directed by: Bob Clark

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) 7 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, Mike Tyson

Released: 2013

Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee

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) 8 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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Released: 1997

Directed by: Raja Gosnell

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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Caddyshack II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid

Released: 1988

Directed by: Allan Arkush

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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Exorcist II: The Heretic... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
James Earl Jones, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg

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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Book of Shadows: Blair W... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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Released: 2000

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

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

Released: 2006

Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones

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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Sex and the City 2 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 2010

Directed by: Michael Patrick King

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The Birds II: Land's End... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Tippi Hedren, James Naughton, Jan Rubeš

Released: 1994

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

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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Halloween 6 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Paul Rudd, Donald Pleasence, Mitchell Ryan

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joe Chappelle

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (also known as Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween VI: The Curse of Michael Myers or Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers) is a 1995 ...more
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Mannequin Two: On the Mo... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Kristy Swanson, Meshach Taylor, William Ragsdale

Released: 1991

Directed by: Stewart Raffill

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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The Next Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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Released: 1994

Directed by: Christopher Cain

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Big Momma's House 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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Released: 2006

Directed by: John Whitesell

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

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American Psycho 2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Mila Kunis, William Shatner, Lindy Booth

Released: 2002

Directed by: Morgan J. Freeman

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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The Flintstones in Viva ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Kristen Stewart, Rosie O'Donnell, Joan Collins

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brian Levant

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas is a 2000 American family-romantic comedy film and prequel to 1994's The Flintstones based on the 1960-66 cartoon series of the same name. Produced by Amblin ...more

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Police Academy: Mission ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Police Academy: Mission to Moscow Christopher Lee, Claire Forlani, Ron Perlman

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alan Metter

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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Staying Alive is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Janet Jones

Released: 1983

Directed by: Sylvester Stallone

Staying Alive is the 1983 film sequel to Saturday Night Fever, starring John Travolta as dancer Tony Manero, with Cynthia Rhodes, Finola Hughes, Joyce Hyser, Steve Inwood, Julie Bovasso, and ...more
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Poltergeist III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke, Nancy Allen

Released: 1988

Directed by: Gary Sherman

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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Troll 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Jason F. Wright, Darren Ewing, Michael Stephenson

Released: 1990

Directed by: Claudio Fragasso

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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Amityville 3-D is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin, Tess Harper

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Fleischer

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