12 Movie Sequels That Prove You Should Never Go Back

So much for going out at the top...

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Sometimes it's best to walk away at the top. That goes doubly in Hollywood, where studios have a frankly startling capacity to over-extend film franchises regardless of diminishing critical returns simply because they can make a profit. At the high end that means the likes of fast & Furious going on forever and actually getting better, but it also means we have to have seventeen Amityville horrors. And about three of them are watchable.

In a frustrating (but not surprising) revelation: when Hollywood tries to resurrect lucrative franchises or extends them beyond the point of audience goodwill (see the film that inspired this article Jack Reacher: Never Go Back) the results range from dishearteningly boring (as with Reacher), or flat-out despicable.

And then there's the special brand of revivalist sequels. It's not just a matter of these films being inferior versions of the originals, it's that they took ages to come out, were hyped massively (usually as the welcome return of an iconic character) and then sank with a dull thud. They're fetid turds that we were all duped into waiting for and watching filled with excitement.

And worse still, in the majority of cases, they represent a career move by someone respected that could be most charitably referred to as "nostalgic" too. They went back, and they absolutely, categorically should not have.

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