Hollywood films become franchises or installments when its creators decide to release more movies using the original template. Characters are resurrected, new plotlines are drawn, and certain styles are rehashed or reinvigorated for cinematic effect. Producers and filmmakers result to this when the original film becomes a huge box office hit, and sequels are created to keep the revenues coming – sometimes to detrimental effects.
There have been many sequels that were successful and critically acclaimed. Examples of these include The Godfather from the 1970’s, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, there are sequels that are on the opposite side of the spectrum.
This list will let you in on the top 10 worst Hollywood sequels ever made. How many of these were you able to see in cinemas?
Liam Neeson’s career was resurrected when he starred in the original film Taken back in 2010. The film made a huge profit in the box office that producers decided to make 2 more installments – so far. The installments were still entertaining and action-packed, but critics have complained that the central character of Neeson is already too tired and the film too formulaic to warrant more sequels in the future.
The original Jaws film was a huge critical and commercial success. Made by no less than THE Steven Spielberg, it emphasized a man versus nature theme that made it an artistic triumph as well. Though Spielberg was quite tired to do a sequel, producers pressed him to do not 1, but 2 more sequels, due to the film’s box-office potential. Sadly, the sequels of Jaws became a rehashed and diluted horror film with very minute artistic merits.
Speed was a huge hit for its producers and its lead stars, Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock – making them more bankable and more popular in Hollywood. The original film was a real adrenaline rush, filled with suspense that will keep the viewers at the edge of their seats. Producers ordered a sequel because of its box office promise. Nevertheless, the original director and the original writers of Speed did not return for the sequel – including lead actor Keanu Reeves. Bullock returned in the sequel with a new lead partner, Jason Patric. New writers also explored a new angle for the sequel. Sadly, the film was panned by critics and was only a moderate success at the box office.
7. The Book of Shadows
The Blair Witch Project was a huge hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It had a unique style and a fresh approach to horror – it was truly a game changer. This prompted its producers to try to extend the film’s mass appeal by introducing a sequel after 2 years entitles – The Book of Shadows. The sequel failed to make any dent in both artistic and commercial spheres. It was soon forgotten.
6. American Psycho 2
The Psycho franchise, which started in the 1950’s with Hitchcock’s original Psycho films, quickly ran out of steam in recent years simply because the American Psycho sequels featured YET ANOTHER set of psychotic individuals. Simply put, it was a really tired genre.
5. U.S. Marshalls
The Fugitive was a huge commercial and artistic success in 1993. It even earned Tommy Lee Jones the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as an FBI agent who is out to get a fugitive on the run. After several years, a sequel was made but only Jones returned to do the second part. The second part, though still action packed and had a lot of suspense, seemed like a lousy epilogue of the original. It seemed completely recycled!
4. Halloween Franchise
This horror franchise is centered in the character of Michael Myers – a dark, sinister, slasher who is out to get revenge. The first 2 installments were pretty gritty and successful. Sadly, the latter ones proved to be too much of a rehash of the previous Mike Myers films. Sooner than later, people just started to get tired and sick of Mike Myers. The franchise is now considered a B-movie straight to video flick.
3. Dirty Dancing 2: Havana Nights
The year was 1987 when the original Dirty Dancing film came out. After some twenty years, the sequel comes out which looked totally dated – both in technology, theme, storyline, and sensitivity. It was like the producers of the film got stuck in 1987. Obviously, the sequel was really just an attempt to cash in on a popular film. That too, failed.
2. Look Who’s Talking Too/Look Who’s Talking Now
The original film was both a huge commercial hit and one that critics also warmly embraced. The innovation of babies talking and thinking like adults was both refreshing and funny to watch. But not for long. As the producers tried to over-extend the lifeline of the film, the succeeding films seemed corny and dry. It was no longer innovative – nor even entertaining.
1. Basic Instinct 2
The original film was well-made and made Sharon Stone a huge and bankable celebrity. Though Stone’s star soon slowly faded, she decided to embark on a sequel of her most popular film for another shot at stardom. The public rewarded her with this unabashed and desperate move by staying away from the film in droves. The film itself was also an ill-conceived, badly made sequel that sent Stone’s career crashing to the ground with a loud thud.