Putting together a follow-up
to any massively popular project is not an enviable task. Many great filmmakers
have fallen victim to Difficult Second Movie Syndrome, failing to follow up an
innovative original despite their best attempts.
However, this is not a list of
those noble failures. Instead, what we’ve compiled is a set of flicks which
looked at the much-loved original and decided to follow it up with as little
effort as possible. Taking much-loved titles and dragging their names through
the mud, these are sequels which didn’t even offer an ounce of their predecessor’s
Some are late-in-the-franchise
instalments which ran out of steam and soiled the reputation of earlier films.
Some are second films which lost their way and ruined any chance of further adventures
for their characters. All of them are the sequels which were the worst smack in
the face for fans of their instant classic originals.
10. Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
If a horror franchise survives
long enough, you can be sure every iteration will have its own defenders. Some
fans love former Rorschach Jackie Earle Haley’s interpretation of Freddy
Krueger as a grim, unsmiling presence; some refuse to acknowledge any Freddy
not played by horror icon Robert Englund.
Despite this discord, every
once in a while, a sequel comes through which unites every warring fandom
faction in their absolute disgust, and the sixth instalment of the phenomenally
popular Nightmare on Elm Street series did just that. Where to start with this
one—the inexplicable Roseanne cameo? The Goo Goo Dolls’ theme song? The Power
Glove product placement?!
No scene better encapsulates
the derided fifth sequel better than the sight of Springwood’s adults losing
their marbles, reacting to the wholesale death of the town’s adolescent
population by… riding around in bumper cars and rewriting history books so they
star the titular menace. Mercifully the title was as misjudged as the rest of
this movie, and the next sequel managed to pull the franchise out of the
doldrums with an injection of meta-horror in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.