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5 Worst Movie Sequels Ever Made

Movies are stories depicted on screen. Not every story can be told in just one installment. Sequels are made to tie up loose ends. Some movies need another installment so that any and all loose ends, from the first movie, can be tied-up. Unfortunately, there are some sequels that were better off never being made. These are just some of the worst movie sequels to ever grace the big screen

5. The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter (1990)
{Original: The NeverEnding Story (1984)}

The NeverEnding Story was widely received by critics and theatergoers. It was only fitting that a sequel would be made since the movie’s title suggested the story was never ending. Unfortunately, the second installment, and the sequels made thereafter, couldn’t compare to the first. In The NeverEnding Story, Bastian loved flying high in the air on Falkor the luck dragon. In the sequel, Bastian is deathly afraid of heights. In the first movie Atreyu was Caucasian, but in the sequel, Atreyu somehow magically became Indian. If the directors wanted to replace the actors from the first movie, they could have at least given them different names. In the first movie, Fantasia was almost destroyed by ‘The Nothing’. Instead of using the same demon in the sequel, the writers decided to have Fantasia be destroyed by something called ‘The Emptiness’. The NeverEnding Story II is a disappointment from beginning to end. The movie lacks continuity from the first film. The magic that radiated from the original movie fails to shine on the sequel.

4. Batman & Robin (1997) {Original: Batman (1989)}


Batman & Robin
is the prime example of how a horrible movie can still make money. The film seemed more like a Lifetime movie rather than a superhero film. In the beginning of the film Batman and Robin are barely speaking to one another. While the dynamic duo is butting heads, Alfred’s life hangs in the balance. Coincidentally Alfred and Mr. Freeze’s wife are both suffering from the same rare disease. Everyone’s either crying or arguing in this movie. Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) are supposed to be the villains in this installment. However, they’re both too nice to execute their roles efficiently. The real villain in Batman & Robin was director Joel Schumacher. Schumacher turned Batman into a circus. The scenery for Batman & Robin looked like something from a strip club. The movie’s background colors and atmosphere were fluorescent and reminiscent to a comic book strip. The plot for Batman & Robin was all over the place. The director jammed too many competing storylines in this movie. George Clooney does a decent job as Batman/Bruce Wayne. However, Clooney’s handsome demeanor and acting skills aren’t enough to save the film.

3. Rocky V (1990) {Original: Rocky (1976)}


Rocky
is probably one of the best sports movies ever made. It was a movie that made you cry and cheer all at the same time. Rocky II, III and IV were done in a tasteful manner and kept you wanting more. Unfortunately, Rocky V killed that desire for more. In Rocky V, viewers are met with a disheveled, poor and brain damaged Rocky. No one wants to see their favorite athlete at his/her worst, but the filmmakers of Rocky V obviously missed that memo. Rocky Balboa takes a young boxer named Tommy Gunn under his wing and trains him to be the best. Gunn ends up turning on Rocky and challenges him to a fight. After some hesitation, Rocky decides to fight Gunn in a street fight. Balboa takes a few tumbles, but he eventually gets back up and wins the fight. The storyline for Rocky V wasn’t well thought out, especially since Stallone reprises the role in 2006. For someone who was supposedly brain damaged, Balboa looked very healthy in Rocky Balboa.


Grease 2 (1982)
{Original: Grease (1978)}

The original Grease had a cast of A-list actors and actresses. Unfortunately, the casting directors for Grease 2 didn’t feel the need to go that route. Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer were cast as the leading male and female characters. Both actors were not well-known at the time. In the original film, Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) portrayed the shy homely character and Danny (John Travolta) played the bad boy gang leader. In Grease 2, the roles were reversed and Pfeiffer portrayed the bad girl while Caulfield played Mr. Goodie Two-Shoes. The plot is predictable and leaves nothing to the imagination. Stephanie (Pfeiffer) falls for Michael (Caulfield), but because of her social status, she’s afraid to date him. Didi Conn even reprises her role as Frenchy for 3.5 seconds. Even if Grease 2 wasn’t a sequel, it would still be bad. The plot isn’t strong enough to make its own statement. The soundtrack is okay, but not memorable. The dance sequences were choreographed well, but the plot was so bad that it made the dancing look bad as well.


Staying Alive (1983)
{Original: Saturday Night Fever (1977)}


Staying Alive
is probably the worst sequel ever made. The movie Saturday Night Fever and its soundtrack was a huge success. The movie’s album remains one of the best selling soundtracks of all time. However, Staying Alive was the complete opposite. The movie flopped at the box office. Staying Alive’s soundtrack didn’t sell as well as Saturday Night Fever. And to top it all off, the soundtrack featured Slyvester Stallone’s brother Frank. Including Frank Stallone on the soundtrack is one example of how Nepotism can go wrong. John Travolta takes on the role as Tony Manero once again. Manero left his Brooklyn home and started a new life residing in Manhattan. This time around, Manero is working as a dance instructor and waiter. Tony is hopeful that his efforts will help him get his big break. John Travolta looks like a mini-Slyvester Stallone in the film. Travolta’s physique went from ‘David Banner’ to ‘The Hulk’. Manero’s luck with the ladies, still hasn’t improved since the first film. Tony falls for yet another woman (Finola Hughes) who has no real interest in him. Manero finally gets his break when he’s cast as the lead in the Broadway show Satan’s Alley. Manero prances around the stage in his jungle outfit for what seems like an eternity. And despite the show’s horrid dance sequence, the crowd cheers for more at the end. The film ended with a cocky Manero strutting to the song “Staying Alive”. Staying Alive is similar to a low budget B-movie. The acting, dancing and story line were all poor. It’s no wonder John Travolta’s career took a nose dive in the early 1980s.The end credits are the only positive thing that can be said about Staying Alive.

Sequels are always either a hit or miss. It’s very rare to encounter a sequel that actually lives up to the first installment. And with sequels like these, it’s no wonder originality is lacking in films today.

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