Despite the fact that everyone seems to bemoan sequels, excitement grows when it is announced that a follow-up is in the works for a popular movie. The Avengers has not even been in American theaters a week, and yet Disney has already announced plans for a part 2–and it’s unlikely that many people are protesting that. However, audiences are fickle; there are few complaints as long as the sequels are entertaining, but as soon as one film in a series hits a sour note, the fan community acts like it’s the second coming of Hitler. Just look at Spider-man 3, which brought about the end of Sam Raimi’s superhero series despite making $890,871,626 worldwide at the boxoffice.
Some movie series are pretty lousy to begin with, so, for instance, it really doesn’t matter how bad the next Leprechaun movie is because fans of that series expect as much. But how many people avoid the original Jaws because they associate every movie in that series with growling sharks that leap out of the water only to explode when impaled by a sailboat? Often, an excellent film will spawn cringe-inducing sequels that often are the death-knell of the series. Occasionally, a series can overcome a stumble like Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, but all too often the result is a Batman & Robin where the only way to recover is to reboot the franchise. Of course, there’s also series fatigue that happens when so many sequels are made that the filmmakers just run out of creative energy, hence Rocky V and A View to a Kill. There’s also the completely unnecessary sequel to a blockbuster like Speed 2: Cruise Control that is completely inexplicable in its existence (though that can be said for quite a lot of sequels).
The question then is which sequel do you wish was never made? This can be because it ended a terrific series of films, it tarnished the reputation of a classic, or it just angered you beyond belief by its badness. Take the poll vote for as many as you want, and feel free to add one that did not make this list. I’m sure there are many more out there!
Note: The Star Wars prequels were not included in the poll because, well, they’re prequels and not sequels. Also not on the list are any direct to video sequels like the Disney animated cash grabs, as those are just too obvious.
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