Top 10 Worst Sequels To Great Movies3.08.12 # Top Ten # 16 Comments
We here at Movie-Moron have been closely watching the making of Raging Bull II (and yes, that’s a real thing and yes, it’s filming right now with William Forsythe as Jake LaMotta), from its long, laborious pre-production to the lawsuit from MGM and eventual re-naming to The Bronx Bull.
In honor of this soon-to-be masterpiece, we give you: The Top Ten WORST Sequels to Great Movies
10. Jaws: The Revenge
Even though Spielberg’s perfect original was followed by a forgettable sequel and an absolutely ridiculous 3-D installment, producers decided film goers hadn’t had enough of the Brody family saga and dreamed up the worst film conceit ever (until M. Night’s killer plants 20 years later): the shark’s family is stalking Chief Brody’s widow … across the planet. Worse than this nonsensical premise was the casting of an elderly woman as the lead in a horror/thriller. What followed was a ridiculous attempt at high seas horror that did nothing but smudge the career of Michael Caine.
9. The NeverEnding Story III
See what happens when you always get lucky but never use protection?
Having no resemblance to the first two films, which were based on the original novel, this third installment stars that kid from Free Willy, who went on the play in a bunch of Los Angeles indie-bands before disappearing altogether. Often subtitled Escape from Fantasia, it comes from the mind of Jeff Lieberman writer of Squirm (better known as the second-to-last episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000) and its only claim to credibility is that it co-starred Jack Black.
8. Superman IV: A Quest for Peace
Stop hitting me!
Following the critical and financial flop of Superman III, rights to the property were bought by Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, two men whose names sound like comic book villains. Judging by what they did to the Man of Steel, that is a viable theory. With its preachy anti-nuke premise (Superman literally preaches to the U.N. about nuclear arms), incredibly low budget, and general apathy from everyone except Christopher Reeve, it’s no wonder it took 20 years to revive the franchise.
7. Speed 2: Cruise Control
An image of Gillette’s Speed 2 razor, which is more entertaining than the entire film Speed 2: Cruise Control.
Even as a child I watched the trailers to this film and wondered, “how the hell would that happen to the same person twice … and why does Keanu Reeves look like a metro-sexual vampire?” The answers to both questions were simple: (a) it could never happen to the same person twice and (b) that was Jason Patrick, who played a metro-sexual vampire in Lost Boys. Despite the ridiculous plot, idiotic cameos from random side characters from the first film, and a few cool water stunts, I remember nothing of this travesty other than Willem Dafoe in a bath tub full of leaches.
6. Son of the Mask
holyfc*kingsh*t make it go away oh god in heaven make the bad thing go away
It was originally a horror comic but by the time Jim Carrey was finished with it The Mask was a violently entertaining introduction to Cameron Diaz’s body career. The sequel, however, starred Jamie Kennedy as a hapless cartoonist whose son contracts the godlike powers of Loki’s mask. Despite the studio’s attempt for a more family friendly PG rating, they filled this malignant sequel with crude humor and cast Alan Cumming as the villain, whose last name should automatically dictate an R rating.
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