We all have our favourite films, and then we all have our favourite films that have been ruined, or at the very least tarnished, by the spate of inferior sequels that have followed. While it’s easy to just try and ignore the influx of studio-inspired greed that creeps around great films, one can’t help but think that the general perception of the original film is somewhat coloured by the lesser quality of what comes after, even subconsciously.
So observe our angry rundown of 10 classic films that were irrevocably ruined by the greedy tripe that followed in the wake of their success.
10. Police Academy
Alright, I know what you’re thinking – since when was Police Academy thought of as a good movie? And that’s exactly my point; the answer is, well, not at least since 1994, when Warner Bros. released their seventh and, to date, final entry, which was well and truly the final nail in the coffin for the beleaguered franchise. The first film, however, is a giddy guilty pleasure, an extremely crude and crass farce that scored huge with audiences – even if it didn’t fare so well with critics – netting $81m against a $4m budget.
However, not a single sequel reached this same success, and each one, in fact, grossed less than the ones before it. Sure, there are a few classic moments throughout – namely in Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, when Tackleberry points his gun at a shark, causing it to promptly swim off in fear – but generally speaking, the sequels were horrid, misjudged efforts that somehow made it to number seven despite each outdoing the previous film’s badness, both critically and commercially.
Number 7 is a film so unimaginably awful that instead of talking about how Christopher Lee and Ron Perlman thoroughly embarrassed themselves, I’ll just include a montage of the film’s few good moments, all coming at the hands of, unsurprisingly, Michael Winslow.
And of course, if you talk to most people nowadays, they’ll just groan at how “the Police Academy films sucked”, and on the law of averages, they’re not wrong. But that first film really deserves more respect than that. Still, it’s their own fault in the end…