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The Worst Sequels Of All Time

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The worst movie sequels ever made 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
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    Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins

    Released2005

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

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    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
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    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1987

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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  • 3
    Speed 2: Cruise Control
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    Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe

    Released1997

    Directed byJan de Bont

  • 4
    Jaws: The Revenge
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    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

  • 5
    Basic Instinct 2
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    Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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    Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
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    Jon Voight, Scott Baio

    Released2004

    Directed byBob Clark

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    Home Alone 3
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    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith

    Released1997

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Scary Movie 5
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    Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

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    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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  • 9
    Sex and the City 2
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    Directed byMichael Patrick King

  • 10
    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
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    Released2000

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

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    Mannequin Two: On the Move
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    Kristy Swanson, Meshach Taylor

    Released1991

    Directed byStewart Raffill

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    The Birds II: Land's End
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    Tippi Hedren, James Naughton

    Released1994

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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    Exorcist II: The Heretic
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    James Earl Jones, Richard Burton

    Released1977

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    Staying Alive
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    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1983

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Amityville 3-D
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    Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    Batman & Robin
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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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  • 17
    Caddyshack II
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    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byAllan Arkush

  • 18
    American Psycho 2
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    American Psycho 2

    Mila Kunis, William Shatner

    Released2002

    Directed byMorgan J. Freeman

  • 19
    Easy Rider: The Ride Back
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    Michelle Borth, Lauralee Bell

    Released2013

    Directed byDustin Rikert

  • 20
    The Next Karate Kid
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    Released1994

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    Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son
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    Martin Lawrence, Jessica Lucas

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  • 22
    Mean Girls 2
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    Claire Holt, Tim Meadows

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  • 23
    Oliver's Story
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    Candice Bergen, Ray Milland

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Korty

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    Blues Brothers 2000
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    Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin

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    Police Academy: Mission to Moscow
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    Christopher Lee, Claire Forlani

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