I've been trying to come up with a list of the most disappointing movie sequels or prequels of all time. So far I've come up with three the got stuck.

  1. Phantom Menace, prequel to the Star Wars Trilogy
  2. Matrix Revolutions, sequel to Matrix Reloaded
  3. Escape from LA, sequel to Escape from NY

I'm curious as to what suggestions others have for filling out this list. There is one rule that has to be obeyed in submitting entries to this list. Sequels that went straight-to-video do not count. So the various Disney sequels to their major hits like Aladdin or Beauty & the Beast don't count nor do movies like Cruel Intentions 3 or Children of the Corn 7.

So which are your nominees for most disappointing movie sequel?


Friday, October 8, 2004 8:08:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Superman IV
Friday, October 8, 2004 9:18:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
My submission is the truly craptacular "Indiana Jones and Temple of doom".

I have to call shenangians on "Escape from LA" though - to be disappointed you have to have some a priori expectation that it might be good and that was nothing but a cash grab from day 1. I mean, the trailers for "Escape from LA" had Kurt Russell surfing a frickin' tidal wave!
Friday, October 8, 2004 9:49:30 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
hmmmm, my trackback didn't work. I posted a few over on my blog. http://scottkoon.org/archives/2004/10/08/dare-obasanjo-most-disappointing-movie-prequels-or-sequels/

It might be easier, or at least consume less time, to make a list of sequels/prequels that DIDN'T disappoint. :)
Friday, October 8, 2004 10:47:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Jurassic Park 2: The Lost World kind of missed the point of the book entirely, and turned into some kind of creature-amok-in-the-city feature. Very disappointing, even considering that most sequels disappoint.
Saturday, October 9, 2004 12:02:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Starship Troopers 2 :-|
Saturday, October 9, 2004 5:53:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Jaws 3
Speed 2
Caddyshack 2
Legally Blond 2
Men in Black 2
Alien 3 & 4
Rambo 3
Godzilla (the American one - I count it as a sequel to all the Japanese Godzilla movies before it)
Michael Brundage
Saturday, October 9, 2004 9:04:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Highlander II, III, IV (the higher the number, the worse the movie)
Monday, October 11, 2004 2:40:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
How can you possibly nominate "Matrix Revolutions, sequel to Matrix Reloaded" instead of "Matrix Reloaded, sequal to the Matrix" ????

I actually enjoyed Revolutions more than Reloaded, though that may be in part due to adjusted expectations. The original Matrix was a hard act to follow and Reloaded was indeed a huge disappointment to me. For Revolutions, I wasn't expecting a movie akin to the original Matrix anymore but rather something simular to Reloaded, which is pretty much what I got.

Some other sequels I've been hugely disappointed in are:
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Bad Boys 2
Speed 2
Monday, October 11, 2004 7:34:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Terminator 3
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 6:44:55 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Batman 3 & 4
Tuesday, October 12, 2004 11:09:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Stefan: Alien 3 was definitely one of the biggest disappointments in movie history given who good/great Alien 2 (Aliens) was. But Alien 4 (Alien Resurrection) was definitely not a disappointment, IMHO. It reminded me a lot of Alien 2 though it was funnier but not as suspenseful.
Thursday, October 14, 2004 3:16:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The Bourne Supremacy.

The Identity, although very different from the book, was a refreshing change from the typical Hollywood action film. Interesting characters and an original storyline that had your attention all the way to the end. The Supremacy on the other hand, was little more than typical Hollywood fair. Note that I'm not calling the movie miserable by any means - it just doesn't hold a candle to the original.
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