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EW’s Top 25 Worst Sequels

Entertainment Weekly has identified 25 of the Worst Movie Sequels Ever Made. There are more than a few sci-fi, fantasy and horror movies that made the list.

  1. Staying Alive (1983)
  2. CaddyShack II (1988)
  3. Leprechaun: Back 2 Tha’ Hood (2003)
  4. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
  5. Batman & Robin (1997)
  6. Weekend At Bernie’s II (1993)
  7. The Fly II (1989)
  8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
  9. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
  10. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
  11. Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
  12. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999)
  13. The Sting II (1983)
  14. Conan the Destroyer (1984)
  15. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)
  16. Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
  17. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)
  18. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
  19. Revenge of the Nerds II: nerds in paradise (1987)
  20. The Godfather Part III (1990)
  21. Legally Blonde 2: red, white & blonde (2003)
  22. Teen Wolf Too (1987)
  23. Porky’s II: The Next Day (1983)
  24. The Next Karate Kid (1994)
  25. The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
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John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

12 Comments on EW’s Top 25 Worst Sequels

  1. Any of the original Apes flicks past “Beneath” ain’t worth it and even “Beneath” is a pale shadow of the first. And I won’t even mention that remake.

    Thank heavens none of the Muppet movies made the list!


  2. I think it’s very unfair to call Matrix Reloaded a bad sequel. I thought it was a breathtaking movie. Loved it. Putting it in such company is wrong. Star Trek V however is a real stinker, and I say that as a loyal Trekkie.

  3. To each his (or her) own. I know someone who’s a fan of Porky’s! :-$

  4. Anonymous // April 1, 2006 at 5:27 pm //

    weekend at bernie’s II was tight

  5. matrix reloaded “breathtaking”? give me a break. The acting was absolutely horrible. If I made this list, the matrix reloaded would be in the top 5, considering its hype. It was a mistake, how could they possibly produce that piece of garbage?

  6. :-@ Halloween III: Season of the Witch might be too obscure to make the list, but it’s my all-time stinker. Unlike the first two films where Mike Myers hacks up some teenages, H3 goes off in an entirely different direction with disasterous results. Fortunaly, they resurrected Myers for all the remaining sequels.

  7. this list is gay it dosen’t even have Grease 2 it needs to do better research

  8. Highlander II.

    Any list of bad sequels that does not list Highlander II as the all-time el-supremo undisputed champ of a stinking stinkeroo of a stinker is not the pixels used to post it.

    Let us compare, shall we?

    Highlights of Highlander I: swordfights, totally original idea, cool SFX, good editing and direction, memorable dialog (“what does ‘baffled’ mean?” “That was the year Mozart wrote his great mass”), tons of swordfighting, Sean Connery, swordfights.

    Highlights of Highlander II: Planet Zeist. The old, mortal guy gets young, immortal again because he is attacked by two goons on flying skateboards. A forcefield to darken the world is erected in order to save the ecology from ozone depletion–but the ecological ramifications of cutting off all sunlight are never mentioned. Why and how Conner McLeod of Clan McLeod has the force field technology is never mentioned: maybe he picked it up on Planet Zeist. The penalty for treason on Planet Zeist is to be sent to Earth and granted immortality. Oh, and Sean Connery, after being resurrected from the dead for no reason, sacrifices his life and dies for no reason, fighting an evil ceiling fan. The bad guy is a megacorp: curse those evil capitalists!

    The sheer super-colossal, gut-crunching, brain-burning, drool-inducing stupidity of this deranged clone of a fine film is beyond incredible and well on its way to awe-inspiring. There is no parallel in all Hollywooddom for a first film so good and a sequel so bad.

    When call Highlander “totally original” I mean that a whole generation of films, RPG’s and TV shows, everything from MAGIC: THE GATHERING to UNDERWORLD has used the Highlander idea of immortals living in secret among us, but the concept of doomed, fate-haunted swordsmen otherwise invulnerable, hunting each other down the centuries, has at least as much narrative power as the idea of Martians, Robots, Mummies, Vampires, or the Werewolves: it is a worthwhile addition to the pantheon of commonly-understood SF tropes, the kind of thing it is easy to put in a role-playing game: if Anita Blake were to throw away her Elf lover and take on Methos or Duncan McLeod, it would be no step down for her. If Phra the Phoenician or John Carter, Warlord of Mars, turned out to be a Highlander-style immortal, it would surprise no one. It is an original idea that way “Ents” in Tolkien were original: once someone has invented them, one wonders why they had not been invented before?

    The only good thing in Highlander II was Virginia Madsen, who is a total cutie-pie.

  9. Anonymous // August 13, 2007 at 12:29 pm //

    Exorcist 2 and matrix revolutions need to be on there.

  10. This isn’t a very good list at all as some have mentioned.

    Grease 2 not on there?

    Where is Highlander 2?

    What about The Cronicles of Riddick (not exactly a sequel but not the first of its series)?

    Matrix Reloaded as a worst sequel? Hardly and anyone who thinks so doesn’t know a stinker from a best picture. Not saying Reloaded was best picture material. It was hardly that, but it was far better than trash I remember watching that year. I believe a lot of the hate for Reloaded comes from the fact Reloaded went into a more action adventure then the original which was more Sci-Fi. Reloaded left the Science Fiction behind in lieu for higher action sequences and more Kung Fu. This was a poor move. The story line could have used a bit more work since bringing back Mr. Smith was completely unnecessary in my opinion. However the spirit of the movie and the action itself was a smashing success. The first one did have far more class, but when you are as artistic as the Original Matrix movie, you set standards so high, it’s next to impossible to break them. Only a few directors have been successful in breaking their own standards: James Cameron with Terminator 2, Sam Raimi with Spiderman 2 and Francis Ford Coppola with Godfather Part II.

  11. Jamison Newlander // September 8, 2008 at 8:09 pm //

    Highlander 2 should have been on there. So should have Die Hard 2, Halloween 3, Robocop3, and Crow2.

    Revenge of the nerds 2 was good.

  12. Of all the films mentioned that I’ve seen, I disagree with 8 & 23. In my opinion, Friday the 13th Part VIII was much better than Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning. At least the real Jason was in Part VIII!! As far as Porky’s II goes, I thought it was alot better than Porky’s Revenge and at least it was directed by the late-Bob Clark. I still laugh my a$$ off when they put the snake in Ms. Balbricker’s commode!

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