Fenway

Fenway

Fenway

There are good movie sequels and then there are these movie sequels.  I won’t say bad because I bet it’s a challenge to make a follow-up to an extremely successful first movie.  Think about it.  A director nails it the first time, the movie does well at the box office or on a streaming platform, there’s demand for a sequel, and then off to a new adventure.  Or the same adventure i.e. The Hangover trilogy.  Sequels don’t always stop at two productions and may even have a different crew altogether.

In some cases, you’re also dealing with prequels and spinoffs like Marvel and Star Wars.  Both are highly successful franchises that tie stories together and make hundreds of millions of dollars on their opening nights.  Others aren’t so lucky.  I came across a list of bad sequels at MovieWeb.com.  I was surprised by some sequels that didn’t make their list.

The bad sequels that immediately came to my mind were all Batman movies.  For me, this starts with Batman Returns with Michael Keaton through Batman and Robin with George Clooney.  One could say that different directors are involved, but either way, they were bad movies.  Christopher Nolan revitalized that franchise and up until the release of Barbie, The Dark Knight had the largest opening box office weekendSuccessful sequels often become a franchise that people become devoted to.

I have a brother who is 11 years older than me.  I got to see a lot of movies at a very young age with parental permission of course.  That is how I discovered The Back To The Future trilogy.  Other than Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy, it is the only trilogy I will fully devote my entire day to.  There are good movie sequels and then there are these movie sequels below.

  • Legally Blonde2: Red, White, & Blonde

    I have to disagree with this one.  There are some amazing actors in that movie including the beloved Jennifer Coolidge who will always be remembered for this famous line every 4th of July.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 36%.

  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    This came out almost 30 years after the first one featuring Michael Jordan.  The acting isn’t great in either, but the first was ahead of its time and a sequel many years later was set up to fail.  Rotten Tomatos scored it a 25%.

  • JAWS: The Revenge

    Did you see the first one?!?!  That shark was blown to pieces, but apparently, HE BACK!  The shark is seeking revenge against the family of Chief Brody.  Rotten Tomatoes says the film was actually rushed through production and overall the production was cheap.  They scored it a 0%.  OUCH.

  • Honey, I Blew Up The Kid

    I remember my Mom coming home with this as a rental on video cassette.  Since then, I haven’t had any interest in reminiscing.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 40%.  A few years later “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” would come out but most of the cast was different.  If the sequels had been reversed I think they would’ve been more successful.

    Here’s “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.”

  • Son Of The Mask

    I literally watched the trailer before typing this.  What?  I sure missed this one.  I can only assume it’s hard to direct a sequel of a movie that featured acting and comedic legend Jim Carey as the main character.  It might have even been his breakout role.  One director tried with Son Of The Mask.  There’s even a talking baby.  Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 6%.

  • Home Sweet Home Alone

    My wife would say that Home Alone 2: Lost In New York was one too many.  I always disagree and the first two movies with Macaulay Culkin will always be in the lineup of Holiday movies.  And it shouldn’t go past those two movies.  Producers and directors keep trying to fix what isn’t broken when it comes to Home Alone sequels.  Rotten Tomatoes gave this one a 15%.

    SOURCES| Rotten Tomatoes | IMDB | MovieWeb.com

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