Hollywood loves a sure thing. So it's probably no surprise that when a film enjoys massive success at the box office, Tinsel Town executives immediately start planning the sequel. After all, audiences loved the original so just churning out more of the same is a bullet-proof plan, right?
While there have certainly been a number of great sequels that were as good as or even better than the original, there have also been quite a few times where the sequel failed to live up to expectations. Here are our picks in no particular order for the worst movie sequels of all time.
1. Caddyshack II
I'm all right, ain't nobody worried about me, isn't just a famous line from the original Caddyshack, it's also probably what Warner Bros. executives were thinking when they green-lit the sequel to the wildly popular golf comedy. While Caddyshack II did return quite a few all-star actors from the first go around including Chevy Chase, the script was viewed by many as lazy and cheesy. Among the more cringe worthy additions to this movie was the ability of the famous gopher to actually speak. The studio should have seen the writing on the wall when Rodney Dangerfield back out of the project after seeing the script.
2. Blues Brothers 2000
The original Blues Brothers was an instant classic for Saturday Night Live stars Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi and is still recounted today as one of the better SNL efforts on the big screen, developing a cult status among fans. The Blues Brothers 2000 is, well, we'll let Roger Ebert take it from here: "The film is lame comedy surrounded by high-energy blues."
Perhaps the film was doomed from the start. While Dan Aykroyd returned, three stars who had roles in the original, John Belushi, John Candy and Cab Calloway had all passed away before the sequel was made. John Goodman gave it his best effort as Aykroyd's co-star, but in the end it came off feeling to many fans as a chance to cash in on nostalgia more than a great musical comedy in its own right.
3. The Hangover Part III
Oh man, the opening of this movie, did you guys see it? Alan was traveling down highway with a stolen giraffe and then the giraffe was decapitated! A decapitated giraffe! The giraffe head went flying through the windshield of the car behind him! Hilarious! If you're wondering why I'm harping on this one scene from The Hangover III so extensively, it's arguably because it's the only scene from the film worth seeing. The Hangover franchise had already been stretched thin by its trip to Bangkok in Part II, but the idea that the guys would manage to get up to their old hijinks a third time back in Sin City was met with much skepticism from critics as soon as the movie's premise was announced. Even for the world of The Hangover, the plot just seemed lazy and contrived with the actors simply going through the motions.