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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
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    Son of the Mask

    Alan Cumming, Bob Hoskins

    Released2005

    Directed byLawrence Guterman

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    Basic Instinct 2 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Basic Instinct 2

    Sharon Stone, Charlotte Rampling

    Released2006

    Directed byMichael Caton-Jones

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    Speed 2: Cruise Control is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Speed 2: Cruise Control

    Sandra Bullock, Willem Dafoe

    Released1997

    Directed byJan de Bont

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    Superman IV: The Quest for Pea is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1987

    Directed bySidney J. Furie

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    Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Jaws: The Revenge

    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

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    Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2

    Jon Voight, Scott Baio

    Released2004

    Directed byBob Clark

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    Home Alone 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Home Alone 3

    Scarlett Johansson, Seth Smith

    Released1997

    Directed byRaja Gosnell

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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien

    Released2000

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

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    Sex and the City 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Sex and the City 2

    Miley Cyrus, Penélope Cruz

    Released2010

    Directed byMichael Patrick King

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    Scary Movie 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Scary Movie 5

    Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

    Released2013

    Directed byMalcolm D. Lee

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    Mannequin Two: On the Move is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Mannequin Two: On the Move

    Kristy Swanson, Meshach Taylor

    Released1991

    Directed byStewart Raffill

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    The Birds II: Land's End is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    The Birds II: Land's End

    Tippi Hedren, James Naughton

    Released1994

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

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    Amityville 3-D is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Amityville 3-D

    Meg Ryan, Lori Loughlin

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard Fleischer

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    Exorcist II: The Heretic is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Exorcist II: The Heretic

    James Earl Jones, Richard Burton

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Boorman, Rospo Pallenberg

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    Staying Alive is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Staying Alive

    John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone

    Released1983

    Directed bySylvester Stallone

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    Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney

    Released1997

    Directed byJoel Schumacher

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    Caddyshack II

    Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd

    Released1988

    Directed byAllan Arkush

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    Easy Rider: The Ride Back is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Michelle Borth, Lauralee Bell

    Released2013

    Directed byDustin Rikert

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    Mila Kunis, William Shatner

    Released2002

    Directed byMorgan J. Freeman

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    The Next Karate Kid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Hilary Swank, Pat Morita

    Released1994

    Directed byChristopher Cain

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    Mean Girls 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Mean Girls 2

    Claire Holt, Tim Meadows

    Released2011

    Directed byMelanie Mayron

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    Oliver's Story is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Oliver's Story

    Candice Bergen, Ray Milland

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Korty

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    Big Mommas: Like Father, Like  is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Martin Lawrence, Jessica Lucas

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Whitesell

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    Blues Brothers 2000 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Blues Brothers 2000

    Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    Poltergeist III is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Sequels Of All Time
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    Poltergeist III

    Lara Flynn Boyle, Heather O'Rourke

    Released1988

    Directed byGary Sherman

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