Movie Sequels You Could Go Your Entire Life Not Knowing About
Making good movies can be a tricky thing to master. Our society lets production companies take our favorite stories, books, and actors, and adapt them in the hopes that they’ll do something good with it. Most of the time, it works out. Just think of the classics we all know and love like Lawrence of Arabia, The Wizard Of Oz, and Caddyshack.
But every rose has its thorn. For every great film, there is an opportunity to butcher the sequel, and that’s just what these people did. Someone out there actually let Sylvester Stallone write and direct a disco movie. And why? To make money, and ruin everything for us.
Robert Downey Jr. Hated Showing Up To Film U.S. Marshals
The sequel to The Fugitive came out five years later and to put it nicely, was a dumpster fire. RDJ has famously said U.S. Marshals was “the worst action movie of all time.”
Both RDJ and Tommy Lee Jones reprised their roles, but a sequel like this proves that sometimes, star power isn’t enough.
Patrick Bateman Finally Met His Match In American Psycho 2
“Angrier, deadlier, sexier” was the tagline for American Psycho 2, and that’s pretty much all you need to know. Mila Kunis plays a criminology student — how ironic — that will do anything to become the teaching assistant for her professor, played by William Shatner.
Instead of just getting good grades, she decides to kill her classmates. Okay.
If There’s No Macaulay Culkin, There’s No Home Alone
Apparently, three Home Alone‘s weren’t enough for Twentieth Century Fox. Twelve years after the original, they released Home Alone 4, with a completely different kid playing Kevin who had only aged one year. Nothing about it made sense.
Ace Ventura Jr. Is The Reason Why You Never Skip To The Next Generation
This one technically is the third film in the Ace Ventura series, and definitely the worst one. It follows Ace Ventura’s son trying to clear his mom’s name, and I honestly feel bad watching this movie.
Whatever producer out there decided to put a child’s acting career on the line by making him live up to Jim Carrey’s comedy is just plain cruel.
Oh No, Tin Man, Who Did This To You?
Return to Oz is the unofficial sequel to The Wizard Of Oz and I’m sure Judy Garland is happy it’s unofficial. The plot picks up six months after Dorothy comes home to Kansas, but now she can’t sleep and wants to go back.
The film is adored by fans who think it’s more accurate to the books, but for the rest of us, the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion all look like they’d give you nightmares.
The Psycho Franchise Is The Original Fast And The Furious Franchise
Before Vin Deisel was doing Fast and the Furious XVIII, Anthony Perkins was whipping out three Psycho sequels. Psycho II wasn’t the worst, but it gets outrageous in Psycho III with a toilet murder. By Psycho IV: The Beginning, the writers clearly lost inspiration and just started reusing storylines.
Sissy Spacek Wisely Turned Down A Cameo In Carrie 2
Even though it came out more than 30 years after the original, The Rage: Carrie 2 tried to continue where the first left off. It follows Carrie’s half-sister raging and killing people with her powers. And that’s about it.
They offered Sissy Spacek a cameo, but she turned it down since her character, you know, dramatically dies in the original film.
Sylvester Stallone Wrote The Sequel To Saturday Night Fever
And unfortunately, it’s not called “Sunday Night Hangover.” Staying Alive was released in 1983 after the movie studio finally convinced John Travolta to reprise the role.
It might have worked out, but for some reason, Sylvester Stallone signed on to write and direct the film. I’m not sure who let Stallone have this amount of responsibility, but it’s not shocking that Staying Alive flopped.
Critics Called The Next Karate Kid ‘Unnecessary’
The Karate Kid franchise has actually done well for itself. The Karate Kid Part II and The Karate Kid Part III were both successful, but then it took a turn for the worse. Insert Hilary Swank as the next student of Mr. Miyagi.
Critics praised Swank’s acting, and the film definitely launched her career, but we could have all done without it.
Stanley Kubrick Didn’t Exactly Give His Blessing For A Sequel To 2001: A Space Odessey
Even though 2010 is technically just a movie about the Arthur C. Clarke novel sequel to 2001: A Space Odessey, the director Peter Hyams didn’t want to make the film without Kubrick’s approval.
When Hyams asked him, Kubrick basically said “Sure. Go do it. I don’t care.” Not exactly a response that will boost your confidence.
Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd Is No Longer Canon
Look. Mistakes happen. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels let other actors portray their iconic character. They let this prequel happen and didn’t realize at the time how much of a mistake it was.
Thankfully, after the 2014 release of Dumb And Dumber To, the movie is no longer canon, and now we as a society can forget about it.
Grease 2 Is Making A Comeback
A lot of original fans of Grease like to forget about the Michelle Pfeiffer sequel, but I’m sorry to say, it’s making a comeback. People have been criticizing the original Grease for being about a girl who changed everything about herself to get the guy.
However, Grease 2 is about a girl that works in a garage and says, “I kiss who I want when I want.” Maybe the jury is still out on this one.