A Sequel Too Far? 14 Sequels That Are The Absolute Worst

If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again. If at first you do succeed, put the pen down, mate, the second one won’t be as good.

They can’t all be winners and sequels do, sometimes unfairly, get a bad rep – but these ones deserve it. Here are the films that are ruining sequels for everyone.

Look Who’s Talking Too – 1990

Sequel to what?

Look Who’s Talking (1989)

What happens?

Mollie and James are the parents of toddler, Mikey and newborn, Julie who, for some reason, have the voices of Bruce Willis and Roseanne Barr. Mel Brooks also voices the toilet. We don’t know either.

What did we learn?

One film of a baby with a bad internal monologue is more than enough. Don’t even get us started on Look Who’s Talking Now (1993), the third film with talking pets.

IMDB rating:

4.5 out of 10

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Staying Alive – 1983

Sequel to what?

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

What happens?

Tony Manero, who sees dance moves on TV then makes them up himself, has left the technicolour dancefloors of disco and has trekked it to NYC to make it big on Broadway. He’s matured in the five years away from Brooklyn and has lost his dodgy accent and avoids booze and swearing. He’s still an arse to his girlfriend though.

What did we learn?

You can’t just keep naming films after Bee Gees songs and expect them to be belters.

IMDB rating:

4.5 out of 10

staying alice

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction – 2006

Sequel to what?

Basic Instinct (1992)

What happens?

Catherine Tramell is under investigation by the police (again…) when her boyfriend’s death is thought to be down to her. She’s assigned to a psychoanalyst who thinks she’s really hot even without her having to do that thing where she uncrosses and crosses her legs and no one knows where to look. When the Doc’s ex-wife becomes one of a load who’ve been recently murdered, he becomes obsessed with proving Catherine’s guilt.

What did we learn?

Probably best not to go on a killing spree if you can’t get out of it by being sexy.

IMDB rating:

4.2 out of 10

Basic Instinct 2

American Psycho 2: All American Girl – 2002

Sequel to what?

American Psycho (2000)

What happens?

First thing’s first; direct-to-video films never spell success, let’s get that out there. So this direct-to-video film was every bit as awful as we expected, if not moreso. Morgan J. Freeman directs and Mila Kunis stars as a student who fancies doing a bit of murder.

What did we learn?

Morgan J. Freeman is not the same as Morgan Freeman.

IMDB rating:

3.9 out of 10

American psycho 2

Addams Family Reunion – 1998

Sequel to what?

The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1994)

What happens?

Grandma and Grandpa Addams have a rare disease that threatens to turn them into ‘normal’ people and the only thing that can save them is a family reunion. A typo on the invite means a load of normal, one ‘d’ Adams turn up and two of the invitees accidentally go to the Addams mansion.

What did we learn?

Always read an invitation properly, whether you’re the sender or recipient… Also, illnesses cannot be this easily cured, alright? A party will not cure the flu.

IMDB rating:

3.9 out of 10

Addams FAmily Reunion

Legally Blondes – 2009

Sequel to what?

Legally Blonde (2001) and Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde (2003)

What happens?

Elle, who was total life goals, is mentioned repeatedly throughout this film despite not starring in it. Instead, her twin cousins, who are for some reason English, move to California and basically reenact Elle’s entire life leading up to college.

What did we learn?

Mentioning the lead character from the first film a hundred times does not a good film make.

IMDB rating:

3.8 out of 10

Legally Blondes

Speed 2: Cruise Control – 1997

Sequel to what?

Speed (1994)

What happens?

Annie, the woman who was stuck on a bus with a bomb strapped to it finds herself on a cruise which is set on a course that will send it crashing into a massive oil tanker and at no point does she begin to wonder if someone is trying to kill her.

What did we learn?

If you’re on a bus with a bomb on it and then a cruise set to crash, assume that somebody out there wants a piece of your inheritance.

IMDB rating:

3.7 out of 10

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S. Darko

Sequel to what?

Donnie Darko

What happens?

Donnie’s little sister, Samantha, leaves Virginia for LA after her brother’s death. Her best friend Corey joins her and the pair soon find themselves stuck in a glitch in the time-space continuum.

What did we learn?

If your car breaks down in a small desert town, don’t fall into a hole in the matrix…

IMDB rating:

3.6 out of 10

S Darko

Splash Too – 1988

Sequel to what?

Splash (1984)

What happens?

This film was almost entirely re-cast (obviously we’re not suggesting that this is because Darryl Hannah and Tom Hanks knew it would be all kinds of awful) but it includes the same characters; Allen and Madison, who is a mermaid, obv. They relocate to New York because Madison has legs now.

What did we learn?

Having legs doesn’t solve everything, guys.

IMDB rating:

3.5 out of 10

Splash Too

Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd – 2003

Sequel to what?

Dumb and Dumber (1994)

What happens?

Alright, technically this is a prequel but it’s so awful we couldn’t leave it out. This is the story of how Harry met Lloyd in a high school with a nasty principal and a load of other weird kids like them.

What did we learn?

Eric Christian Olsen, who plays Lloyd, looks a bit like Jim Carrey. There’s nothing else to take from this.

IMDB rating:

3.4 out of 10

dumb and dumberer

The Birds II: Land’s End – 1994

Sequel to what?

The Birds (1963)

What happens?

Shh, listen carefully. Hear that? Yeah, it’s Alfred Hitchcock turning in his grave. This made-for-TV horror follows almost the exact same storyline as the original Hitchcock classic; birds start attacking people, the mayor denies all of it, birds become even more violent.

What did we learn?

Ignoring the problem is not a solution. There’s a life lesson for everyone, there.

IMDB rating:

2.8 out of 10

the birds II

Son of the Mask – 2005

Sequel to what?

The Mask (1994)

What happens?

A cartoonist, who loves his dog more than he loves people, even his own wife and child, begins to reject the dog to spend more time with his kid. The dog then coincidentally finds an enchanted mask and plots to use it to get rid of the baby.

What did we learn?

Real dogs can’t plot to kill people.

IMDB rating:

2.2 out of 10

Son of the Mask

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr. – 2009

Sequel to what?

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) and Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)

What happens?

It’s direct-to-video again, but another huge pointer that a sequel is going to suck some big ones is when the actor from the original film who plays the actual character in the actual film’s title refuses to star in it. So this is the only one of the trilogy to not star Jim Carrey and is about Ventura’s kid who, for some reason, has to save his mum from being sent to jail.

What did we learn?

The first two Ace Ventura films were the work of Orson Welles in comparison to this.

IMDB rating:

2.0 out of 10

Ace Ventura Jr

Titanic II – 2010

Sequel to what?

Titanic (1997), but this film reckons it’s not a sequel. Even though it’s called Titanic TWO. So we’re calling bullshit on that, James Cameron probably started that rumour.

What happens?

This 2010 low-budget straight-to-TV movie is set on a Titanic replica that sets off exactly 100 years after the original maiden voyage but on the reverse route. Global warming and nature cause the exact same thing to happen again. Who’da thunk it?!

What did we learn?

We’ll never forgive Rose for letting Jack go in the original film. Also global warming is some real shit, guys.

IMDB rating:

1.6 out of 10

Titanic 2

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