There are two kinds of sequels: those that improve on the original and those that worked their hardest but are best forgotten about. Today, we’re talking about the third type: the unwarranted sequel. Either the original didn’t need a sequel, or the concept didn’t gel with the franchise at all or it was a case of the lethal combo of a super late sequel filmed for a mediocre series. So, the top five sequels we never asked for but got anyways, these are their stories:
5. Troll 2 – The original movie was actually about a troll, and it was substandard Saturday afternoon network TV fare. The second one was about goblins, people turning into green goo and an uncomfortable scene involving corn. If we were looking at it technically, it should probably come out on top since it represents the unholy combination of a film that didn’t do well enough for a sequel and a sequel that completely ignores the plot of the first film; we’re going to knock it down to number 5 though, because it gave us this beautiful line delivery:
4. Staying Alive – As the sequel to Saturday Night Fever with its own hellish Road Warrior fever dream dance sequence, Staying Alive managed to miss every mark that made the original a classic. Apparently no one told the producers disco was well and truly dead by this point.
3. Honey 2 – Is a nearly ten year gap too long for finally getting the sequel to a middle-of-the-pile dance movie? Apparently not. Jessica Alba won’t be appearing in this outing, which puts it about on the level of a Disney direct to DVD sequel.
2. Leprechaun: Back 2 Da Hood – OK, the original Leprechaun was entertaining in that lazy-Saturday-afternoon kind of way. The sequels were a bit forgettable, sure, but then we reached Leprechaun 5: Leprechaun in the Hood and all bets were off on just how far you could take an Irish stereotype. And then they made a sequel to that… However unnecessary a sequel this was, we have to say that it’s definitely a necessary part of any bad movie night.
1. Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows – A study in what happens when you take a blockbuster film and strip it of everything that made it a blockbuster film in the first place. The first Blair Witch had the perfect combination of suspense and jump-out scares in a revolutionary found footage format, and the ending left just enough loose threads to make your walk from the theatre just that much more unsettling. So of course the answer is to follow it up with a standard-shot movie about teen angst. The top Youtube search result for its trailer is a Youtube fanedit, so that should tell you all you need to know about quality.
Did we miss out on any unnecessary sequels? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
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