Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ten "Bad" sequels I love.

Everyone knows how disappointing a sequel can be, but I feel there are quite a few that have been slammed over the years simply because they were birthed from a better film.

Here are 10 of my favorite sequels that are considered bad by the majority (whoever that is)

Oh you, just leave the wolf man/boy alone. He means no harm! He's just having some harmless college fun trying to find time to learn science, get a girl with big glasses (she's smart) AND try not to die while boxing. That's a lot of plot to chew on and have fun with. Plus Teen Wolf Too has a lot of montages. I love montages.

Death wish 1 was a classic 70's revenge film. Death wish 2 was a serviceable follow-up. Death Wish 3 however is so bad, so over-the-top, it's glorious. Just the very thought of this film makes me crave boiled cabbage.

A choice Paul Kersey line from Death Wish III: "I'm going out for some ice cream... this is America, isn't it?"

The unfairly maligned follow-up to Saturday Night Fever (a film which I count as one of my absolute favorite pictures of all time) got a ton of flack in the early 80's. I guess making Tony Manero's driving force to become this kinda hurt the film:

I still don't care. Even though Staying Alive isn't a masterpiece of 70's gritty filmmaking like the original, it's still pretty damn entertaining.

By the time Poltergeist III rolled around in 1988 everyone yawned. And since the film only retained one original cast member (Heather O'Rourke--who passed away while filming) audiences just chalked it up as another useless sequel. I find it to be a fairly effective little chiller with imaginative special effects and a great setting. Part II on the other hand...

Amityville 3's theatrical gimmick was the 3D, and even without it I find the movie to be a fun ghost story with some wacky set pieces. Plus it stars Tony Roberts! But wait, that's not all...It also has both Meg Ryan and Lori Loughlin playing with a Oujia board in the house!

The Karate Kid Part III suffers from the "3's" (see also Superman III, the aforementioned Death Wish 3 and so on) but much like Death Wish 3, it's so over-the-top bad, that it's good. The dialogue and acting style of the villain (played by Thomas Ian Griffith) are so ridiculous and trashy, they make the movie actually worth watching. This along with 1994's Not-so-hot but not-quite-awful The Next Karate Kid makes for one long, bumpy road for Mr. Miyagi.

Much like Staying Alive, most people find Grease 2 to be a most unnecessary sequel. Not here. In fact, I prefer Grease 2 to Grease 1. Call me insane, but I love it. LOVE IT.

Was Troll 1 even good? Who cares, no one remembers it. Troll 2 has become a legendary bad movie with hipsters and seniors alike. And rightfully so. It's pure cheese. And cheese is delicious.

Mannequin Two On The Move will go down on record as the most embarrassing movie that I'd ever admit to being a fan of. Yes, it is in all aspects a bad movie, but somehow in it's warped universe of fairly tale getting a makeover in a modern department store, I find it comforting. Awesome use of Kristy Swanson's wooden acting style, too!

I am a big fan of The Rage: Carrie 2. Sequels to films made many years before (23 years prior in this case) never work. But what The Rage does is craft a fairly sensitive and realistic portrait of an outsider teenager who's struggling to find some happiness in her otherwise miserable life. The film would never be able to top the Prom sequence of the original, but does have a fun gore-filled sequence as well.

The Rage with Katt Shea's (Poison Ivy) instinctive direction, plays the horror and the drama really well for a teen movie made in the late 90s.


nathan said...

What do you mean sequels can be disappointing?! I love sequels and this list is a perfect explanation as to why! Great picks. I would add Exorcist 2, Wrong Turn 2, ... well, I can't think of a horror part 2 that I don't love.

I am too lazy to change accounts right now. So, I guess the secret is out. JM is really Nate!!


Jay Amabile said...

phenomenal post. I agree with you on most of these. I adore Grease 2 although Karate Kid 3 is tough for me. And you're right...montages do rock...especially when they are to Real Life's "Send me an Angel"

Jay Amabile said...

Blair Witch 2 Book of Shadows.

Cinema Du Meep said...

You are absolutely right, Nate. I love sequels as well. However I think most folk look down on them... And some series really should have went to bad after the first couple of films (The first two Superman & Batman movies immediately come to mind)

I love The Exorcist III. Great companion piece to part 1.

Cinema Du Meep said...

Jay-- The montage is why I will always worship the french. Oh and eclairs. Yum!

Yum-Yum said...

You have great taste in sequels. Love The Rage (Emily Bergl rocks), Grease 2 is awesome ("Cool Rider," baby), Staying Alive is crotch-tastic, and Mannequin: On the Move is the stuff demented dreams are made of.

Samuel Wilson said...

Death Wish III always grabs my attention when it shows up on TV. It's the closest they dared come to the reductio ad absurdam of setting Bronson loose in a post-apocalyptic world, Road Warrior style. That would have been a bad sequel everyone could love.

Cinema Du Meep said...


It really is demented, isn't it? THANK YOU for making feel less guilty about enjoying it!

Sam-- That would have been very fitting for Bronson in the 80's, for sure.

Rupert Pupkin said...

Just came across this list. Love it! I have an odd love for bad sequels too! DEATH WISH III is amazing, one of my favorites!

Cinema Du Meep said...

Thanks for the love, RP!

There is no other and never will be there be a film quite like Death Wish III.

Ty said...

Death Wish III is the best one! Love silly sequels! For example: Red Scorpion 2 (With Michael Ironside) and Delta Force Commando II: Priority Red One (With Fred Williamson) are hilarious!

Cinema Du Meep said...

I'll have to check those 2 out. They sound great already.

HystErik said...

Loving your list - the only one I have never seen is Staying alive, which is strange as I love dance movies ! I must seek it out. Like nathan, I love all things 'Part 2' - I thought Blair Witch 2 was excellent. I love Exorcist II, Omen II, Jaws 2 (which I controversially love more than the original) and Amityville 2.

However, I do disagree with about Poltergeist II - I think it's a hoot :)

P.s. Sligo !

Cinema Du Meep said...

Jaws 2 is a lot of fun. Good choices!

Cesar Fernandez D said...

Sylvester Stallone's "Staying Alive" is one of the most misunderstood movies ever made. It is the sequel to the very popular "Saturday Night Fever". However, "Staying Alive" is often pegged as a turkey in comparison to the first film. That is very unfair.
I wonder whether critics have anything against the film or Stallone himself. Stallone had established himself as a very capable director with "Paradise Alley" in 1978 and "Rocky II" in 1979 and "Rocky III" in 1982. But they seem unwilling to lay off Stallone and his many talents. I think he does an excellent job continuing the story of Tony Manero (played again by John Travolta).
If you love dance, you will love this film. Stallone uses his camera extremely well to capture the nuances of dance itself. There is one very strong sequence in which Tony and his on-again, off-again girlfriend practice for a Broadway musical that takes up about 12 minutes and is just exhilarating. The story is also very good here. Tony is now a professional dance instructor in Manhattan who has a chance to get a part in the hottest new Broadway musical out there "Satan's Alley". Tony finds himself torn between two women and Stallone asks a lot of tough questions about relationships here that a harebrained movie wouldn't even touch. consultoria medicina pediatria medicina medicina dermatologia veterinaria veterinaria veterinarian online especialista abogado españa abogado colombia abogado mexico abogado españa derecho psicologia medicina psicologia derecho psicologo Travolta is again on target here as Tony Manero. A lesser actor wouldn't even touch material as tricky as this, but Travolta takes the risks and it pays off. The music (by the Bee Gees and Frank Stallone) is excellent and fulfills the same purpose music did in the original.

"Staying Alive" probably won't ever receive the recognition it deserves. For those of you wondering, I am not being paid by Paramount to say this. My opinions CAN'T and NEVER WILL BE bought. I genuinely feel that this is an exceptional film and that it deserves better than it has received over the years.

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