Certain movies develop a kind of mass appeal. This popular clout is then used by the film’s producers to extend a film’s shelf life up until the point that the movie going public would still choose to pay to see the film’s sequels. Some sequels are as good or even better than their predecessors. On the other hand, some sequels are simply horrendous – a totally bad idea! Nevertheless, there are sequels that are more obscure – neither adored nor hated – but somehow fail to catch the radar of movie fans. These sequels seem to just “slip quietly into the night”, disappearing in the cine plexes and perhaps, going straight to dvd or Blue Ray.
These films are the topic of today’s Top 10. Find out the top 10 films that you probably did not had sequels. So, how many of the films on the list were you able to see?
10. Legally Blonde 3
The first 2 installments of Legally Blonde were massive hits for the film’s producers and its lead actress, Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon. For the third installment, which came out six years after the last sequel, starred the twin cousins of Elle Woods. Witherspoon did not return for her role but decided to take the directorial chair instead for the film’s third installment. Sadly, Legally Blonde 3 failed to make any dent at the box office.
9. Home Alone 3
The first two installments of the Home Alone film franchise were massive hits featuring then child wonder Macaulay Culkin. As Culkin aged and demanded more mature roles, producers of the film seem to not be ready to let the installment go just yet. Hence, Home Alone 3 was released in theaters and featured another child actor. The movie fans rewarded the producers’ crass commercia list ambitions by staying away in theaters – in droves.
8. Mean Girls 2
The original film starring wayward actress Lindsay Lohan was a big hit, thanks to an excellent screenplay and a wonderful ensemble cast. The original was very relatable and relevant for many, despite its comedic nature. Fast forward several years later, and Mean Girls 2 comes out, hoping to create the same box office magic as the original. None except one from the original cast returned. The sequel, sadly, was a huge flop.
7. Dr. Dolittle 3,4, and 5
Eddie Murphy did wonders in the first two installments of the Dr. Doolittle series. He was funny, on point, and the film itself was well-written and well-directed. When Murphy refused to return for the third installment, producers cast a young female genius as the new Dr. Doolittle. The next 3 films from the franchise went straight to video, and did nothing to boost the career of its lead actress.
6. I Know What You Did Last Summer
Jennifer Love Hewitt, Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Philippe starred in this slasher film which became a huge hit especially with adolescents. It was quickly followed up by a sequel the following year, with Hewitt and Prinze returning to reprise their roles. In the third installment, none of the lead actors and screenwriters from the first two films returned. Nevertheless, a third film, entitled I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer was released and went straight to video.
5. Son of the Mask
The original film, The Mask, benefited from Jim Carrey’s comedic genius and the film’s dark humor. The sequel did not have Carrey anymore. Instead, the plot centered on a baby who inherited the powers of the original The Mask. The film became a huge box-office and critical disaster.
4. Dirty Dancing 2
The original Dirty Dancing film came out in 1987 and starred Jennifer Grey and the late Patrick Swayze. Their onscreen chemistry was simply undeniable. Flash forward twenty years after, and a pale sequel comes out set in Havana, Cuba. It quickly vanished into oblivion.
3. Return To Oz
The original film, The Wizard of Oz, which came out in 1939, starred the iconic Judy Garland. The film remains to be one of the most well-loved musicals of all time.In 1985, a sequel was released. The sequel, though still well-made, did not make much of a dent and only attracted a minor cult following.
2. Cruel Intentions 2 and 3
The original film was a controversial teenage drama which starred Ryan Phillipe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Reese Witherspoon. It was a huge box office success and launched the film careers of these 3 actors. The second and third installments though were a different story. They were quickly retracted from movie houses and got early dvd releases.
1. The French Connection 2
The original film was shown in 1971. It was critically acclaimed and even won for lead star Gene Hackman the Oscar for Best Actor. Still with good intentions, the producers and the original actors came back for a sequel four years later. The moviegoing public was less enthusiastic. Despite having good reviews, the film was little seen and completely forgotten in a few years.