Sellout Sequel Society: The 5 Unneeded Second Movies

Not Every Sequel Can Be ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Awesome

Most of the time, a sequel never lives up to the original. Audiences are used to that but there is some truly unnecessary sequels. So bad that they almost tarnish the reputation of the original. Below are some of the most unwarranted sequels ever.

The only requirement for the list is the movie has to be the second in the franchise. It can’t be the third or fourth film in the series. Sorry, you won’t be seeing ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ on here.

“I don’t know about doing a sequel. I think you can retroactively damage a product by adding to it.”
Simon Pegg

  1. Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

    -The film that inspired this list. Most of the box office is now filled with sequels or remakes or prequels. ‘Independence Day: Resurgence‘ is no different expect this direct sequel to the 96’ movie has been met with some deserved critical bashing.

  2. Jaws 2 (1978)

    -If Spielberg didn’t sign on to direct, you should’ve jumped ship from the start. The follow-up to the 1975 classic lost all the magic of the first film. The same can be said for ‘The Lost Word: Jurassic Park’ but ‘Jaws 2’ follows such a masterpiece.

  3. Cars 2 (2011)

    Pixar thought they’d have similar sequel success to ‘Toy Story‘ but ‘Cars 2‘ flopped with critics and audiences. Lightning McQueen’s second story was sadly left in the dust. It’s become the worst scoring Disney/Pixar film on Rotten Tomatoes at 39%.

  4. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

    -Nothing says sellout like Wall Street. Trying to capitalize on the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, this unneeded sequel reeked of cash grab. ‘Money Never Sleeps‘ pairs a returning Michael Douglas and newbie Shia LaBeouf in a real snoozer.

  5. Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)

    -‘Speed‘ got lucky. Fresh concept mixed with fun action made for a surprise blockbuster hit. But when Keanu turns down a script, you should second guess yourself. Everyone involved with ‘Speed 2‘ seemed to be working on cruise control.

Is your least favorite sequel on this list?

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EJ Moreno
EJ Moreno
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