Do you ever wonder and think: is any film sacred? Are people so out of ideas they will just do anything for a cash grab? Now, I’ve ranted before about remakes but this time I want to look at times when people saw a poster or trailer for a film, and just thought; ‘Doesn’t that just look the same as the original?’ Now sequels are always going to be a very hit and miss affair, but you can at least give them a chance, as they may be better than you would think. But with news of an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982), I am quite infuriated that a Sci-Fi classic with such ambiguous repercussions is going to get a sequel that will ruin the whole thing. Are any of your pet peeves below?
10. Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
I can never understand what Dan Aykroyd had in mind when developing this project. He and John Belushi will forever be remembered as the classic “Brothers on a mission from God”. Great musical numbers, amazing car chase sequences, and just a whole heap of fun. This sequel just felt completely forced without Belushi and will forever live in the shadows of its exceptional original.
9. Rush Hour 3 (2007)
I know I mentioned Rush Hour (1998) on a previous list for the two mismatched cops who kicked up a storm back in the day, but it is enough to say that both the original and its first sequel were pretty good, for what they were, and are still entertaining to this day. However, when this bombshell dropped, people were pretty sick of the antics, and even sicker of Chris Tucker as his comedic spiel had run its course. Maybe a third film may have been a good idea on paper, but it’s the general consensus that people really pushed their luck with this one.
8. Vacation (2015)
Is it just me, or does it just seem lazy to use a character from National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), and just go on the same vacation he had with his family when he was a kid? That is the plot for this apparent cash-in. Even a role for Chevy Chase isn’t enough to save this disaster of a movie. Although the other films have received mixed reviews throughout the years, it does not give you the excuse to green-light a project like this, and hope people don’t notice. That just seems so wrong.
7. Evan Almighty (2007)
The first of several sequels left in the wake of Jim Carey on this list. Although the original Bruce Almighty (2003) film received mixed reviews, it is still an enjoyable film in parts, and actually had ONE funny moment provided by Steve Carrell. Which makes this sequel just confusing, as Evan was such a minor character with ONE laugh in the previous film, this modern day take on the Noah’s Ark story is just ridiculous, and to many people, just downright offensive.
6. Teen Wolf Too (1987)
Before Michael J. Fox hit it big with the classic Back to the Future (1985), he was doing well on television with the hit sitcom Family Ties (1982-1989), and played the role of a high school basketball player who discovers he’s a werewolf in the campy and cheesy Teen Wolf (1985). Although at times people like to forget that film even exists, it’s even harder to forget that it somehow produced a sequel which paled in comparison (if that was even possible), with both Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel giving it a major thumbs down. Let’s just move on with our lives.
5. S. Darko (2009)
Does anybody remember the first time they saw Donnie Darko (2001)? For me it was an experience, a film that was just so far removed from anything else I had seen up to that point, and I even figured out the film before all my friends (which I gloated about for years to come). Then comes this. I’m actually lost for words here as to how bad a sequel could fail. A 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes isn’t really something to be proud of. Hopefully they learn their lesson here. But they probably won’t.
4. Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry met Loyd (2003)
Believe me, this is just the tip of the iceberg of very bad films, and Jim Carey has ties to several of them. Although I’m cheating with this film, which serves as a prequel to the 1994 comedy classic, at least people had expectations for the official sequel back in 2014. This is just unbelievably bland for a comedy film. Trying to impersonate Jim Carey is just going to end in failure. My hats off to both the leads for accepting such a ludicrous idea for a film, but this deserves to be locked away and never see the light of day.
3. Son of the Mask (2005)
Poor Jaimie Kennedy, thinking he could pull off a classic Carey character and still expect to have a career after it. The film just runs amok with far too much special effects, is incredibly unfunny and even somehow managed to add in Alan Cumming as the films antagonist. I actually started to feel depressed as the film reached the first 5 minute mark. Is that a bit over-reactionary? No is my answer to that question.
2. Ace Ventura Jr: Pet Detective (2009)
This was just soul-crushing. The last Jim Carey knock-off on this list and the last time his name was dragged through the mud because of a sequel (his return in Dumb and Dumber To wasn’t that bad). It’s more than enough having grown men try and impersonate the comedy mad-man, but to actually make a child try and impersonate the “rubber-faced” comedian, was just so agonisingly cringe worthy. I don’t even want to talk about this film anymore, I just want to curl up in a ball and die.
1. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
Now to really scrape the bottom of the barrel. Can you think of one person who thought that Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) was in any way a good film? Or even anybody who thinks that Kevin James is one bit funny? If so, I would highly recommend you look for new friends. If no is the answer to both of the above questions, then why on earth would a sequel be made for this. Before you know it, a franchise will be made for this film. I know the film is targeted at kids, but I know several of them that asked to leave the cinema. If that doesn’t say how bad this is I don’t know what will.