Top Fifteen: Worst Film Sequels

Sequels are tricky territory. They either work, or they fall completely flat on their faces. I imagine there are ones that are worse that I haven’t seen (and certainly don’t intend to), but here is a list of the worst film sequels I have seen to date.

Which film sequels are your least favourite? Comment below!


15. Cars 2 (2011) – I absolutely loved Cars, but a sequel was risky business. It was such a shame, Disney/Pixar should have just left this one alone. Cars 2 could have followed the story of Cars – a story of hope…But no, instead they resorted to the violence route.


14. Scream 3 (2000) – The first two were great, as was the fourth. I don’t know what happened here. There is something about the third instalment in every franchise…


13. Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil (2011) – Stick to watching the original, (which was very entertaining!) A needless sequel is all that can be said here.


12. Kick-Ass 2 (2013) – Nothing new or worthy of seeing here. It was advertised as Jim Carrey having a decent-sized role…trust me, he didn’t. No sign of any likeable characters, a messy script, no humour, and no heart.


11. Spider-Man 3 (2007) – Though ripe with iconography – the American flag, a recurring theme from the first two films, and even a very slight homage to King Kong. Indeed, forgiveness is a theme that runs throughout this rushed and unfulfilled exercise. However, it is unlikely that Spider-Man fans, comic book and film alike, will be able to forgive this manic mess.


10. Ted 2 (2015) – The unnecessary sequel to Ted – or otherwise known as 50 shades of a sperm donor. It did not bring a hint of laughter to me. And I can tell you now, I am someone who laughs a lot. The writing was embarrassing, as was the acting. I definitely would not recommend, unless you are a ‘Die-hard’ fan of Ted, and for some reason you can’t continue your life without watching it…


9. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) – What I’d class as a forced comedy. Perhaps if it wasn’t so over-the-top and crammed full of tacky jokes and paper-like scenery, it may have got somewhere. Overusing a caveman double of Larry was also a big mistake.


8. Dumb and Dumber To (2014) – Sloppy, and nothing like the original. I mean, there’s silly, and then there’s silly… A cash grab at the most.


7. Mean Girls 2 (2011) – Why this was even created in the first place is beyond me. I could not finish watching this film, it was an embarrassment to the Mean Girls title. If you enjoyed Mean Girls, avoid.


6. Jurassic Park III (2001) – A real let-down to this wonderful franchise, and a sorry excuse for a sequel. I don’t quite understand what purpose it served. A very weak plot. Instead, perhaps go and see Jurassic World, I can assure you, it contains a lot more meat!


5. American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002) – The performance delivered by Mila Kunis is exceedingly poor. Contained not one of the ingredients that made the original good. Doesn’t hold a candle to American Psycho. Avoid at all costs.


4. Terminator Salvation (2009) – An utter disgrace to the franchise. I’d rather put myself through Transformers: Age of Extinction than sit through this again. Sadly Christian Bale’s worst performance. The character development was very weak, alongside the poor direction.


3. Jaws 2 (1978) – Unlike Jurassic Park, Jaws was not meant to be when it came to the making of a sequel. I won’t even begin to mention the sequels after this one. Why can’t Hollywood just leave their classics alone?


2. Titanic II (2010) – It just won’t sink in…why was this film made?


1. Son of the Mask (2005) – I have had hangovers I enjoyed more. Not only is this my least favourite sequel, it is, in my opinion, one of the worst films of all time. I wish I could forget that such a flawed film even existed, but certain things really do stay with us…

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10 thoughts on “Top Fifteen: Worst Film Sequels

  1. I actually liked Night at the Museum 3, and in my opinion the second one is the worst in the trilogy (I also think the first movie is rather underrated). I think you missed off Grown Ups 2 (which my just be one of the worst films I’ve ever seen) as well as all those direct-to-DVD Disney sequels.

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  2. Interesting List, i wouldn’t class Titantic 2 as a sequel though, The rest are basic cash in jobs, but Batman & Robin, Ocean’s 12 and Meet the Fockers are the quick think ones i would add. ooooo and all of the transformers movies but i guess they would need a good one first. i would be controversial and go Lord of the Ring Return of the King because it is pretty much the same as the Two Towers

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  3. Great idea for a list! I love some of your choices. I’d measure them in terms of expectation/disappointment. On that scale, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is ‘up there’, as is The Matrix Revolutions. I agree with you about Spider-Man 3; a real crash down to earth after the excellent Spider-Man 2. Oh, and I must say, I do enjoy Jaws II – it’s not in the same league as the original, but it’s one of those from my youth that I have affection for. Jaws 3-D and Jaws: The Revenge were far more guilty of crimes against cinema.

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    • Thank You! Ooh, I will have to test that one out – planning on catching up with the Indiana Jones’ franchise soon! Yes, the Matrix certainly didn’t need any sequels either, such a shame. Thanks for commenting – always very interesting to hear what you have to say!

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  4. Great list, although I did prefer Terminator Salvation to Terminator 3, but other than that it’s hard to argue against any of them being terrible sequels. Ted 2 in particular annoyed me because there was only one funny scene in it (the Liam Neeson scene) and the Jurassic Park reference when near the field of weed was just plain weird. Also, it may just be me but I can’t look at that picture of Titanic 2 and not see the frowny face on the pipe.

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