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.