Sequels are rarely equal to the original movie that spawned them. There are a few exceptions. "The Godfather Part II," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," "The Empire Strikes Back," and "Aliens" all equaled or surpassed their predecessor movie in quality. The problem is most sequels take a movie franchise in directions that make it simply unwatchable. These movies make you want to sue everyone associated with producing it for monetary compensation over the two hours of your life you wasted on them. Among the most awful sequels ever made, these six movies stand out as the most rotten apples in the movie barrel:
"Jaws: The Revenge" (1987):
One of the things that made the original "Speed" great was stranding the main characters on a bus with a bomb triggered to explode if the speed dropped below 55 miles per hour. "Speed 2" decided that movie audiences needed an out-of-control cruise ship sabotaged by a villain who affixes leeches to himself. Can't wait for "Speed 3" when this time it is an out-of-control blimp, tractor or glacier rigged with a bomb.
"Star Wars Episode I – The Phantom Menace" (1998)
Most "Star Wars" fans were disappointed by the whole prequel trilogy in general. The most offending to the mythology of the original trilogy had to be "The Phantom Menace." The man who became Darth Vader is a whiny 10 year-old kid. There is Jar-Jar Binks, an alien who somehow manages to be even more annoying with his dopey accent and clumsy behavior. Then there's the revelation turning the Force from an energy field created by all living things into a bunch of microscopic particles on the cellular level. This entry in the saga marked the beginning of George Lucas giving a big middle finger to his fans.
"Batman & Robin" (1997)
True Batman fans everywhere should send director Joel Schumacher a thank-you card. His botched fourth-entry in the Tim Burton-generated "Batman" series led studio executives to opt for a grittier and darker reboot under Christopher Nolan a decade later. "Batman & Robin" is a classic case of excess in all phases. You have the infamous bat-suit with nipples. Arnold Schwarzenegger hams it up as Mr. Freeze through a series of weather-related puns and one-liners. Robin and Batgirl (played by Chris O'Donnell and Alicia Silverstone) compete to see which one can be the most annoying. It is utterly cartoonish on a level even the 60s TV series would be hard pressed to match.
"Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd" (2003)
Prequels can be the worst form of sequels as this follow-up to "Dumb and Dumber" proves. The producers could not get Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels to return. So they concocted a story about Harry and Lloyd meeting and becoming friends in high school. Few actual laughs are available in this so-called comedy. It is simply a parade of retard jokes and bathroom humor.
"Blues Brothers 2000" (1998)
John Belushi would roll over in his grave if he knew about this one. In a last-gasp attempt to retain comedic leading-man status, Dan Aykroyd slapped together this follow-up to one of his most famous roles. "Blues Brothers 2000" picks up with Elwood being released from prison and looking to put his band back together. It involves stupidity such as a voodoo spell turning Aykroyd and band mate John Goodman into zombies. At least Jim Belushi didn't make an appearance.