Which they aren't. At all. Not coincidentally, most of them single-handedly stopped the franchise in its tracks.
Some sequels I get. Even if the Transformers sequels keep getting worse and worse, it makes sense for the studios to squeeze as much as they can out of their cash cow. But in some cases, the studios should recognize that a movie's success was just lightning in a bottle. Everything that the filmmakers had to say was said well enough in the first one, and there was just nothing left to explore.
“ ADMISSION: I HAVE NEVER WATCHED ANY PART OF THIS MOVIE. After the underwhelming letdown that was "The Blair Witch Project," I wasn't gonna waste my time. ” - Notspartacus
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
The MacManus brothers are living a quiet life in Ireland with their father, but when they learn that their beloved priest has been killed by mob forces, they go back to Boston to bring justice to those responsible and avenge the priest. (118 mins.)
“ The original had already worn thin on me. It's rarely so easy to tell that a sequel is gonna be bad just by knowing that it exists. ” - Notspartacus
When a crass new-money tycoon's membership application is turned down at a snooty country club, he retaliates by buying the club and turning it into a tacky amusement park. (98 mins.)
“ A horrific sequel to the greatest comedy of all time. ” - Notspartacus
Eight strangers awaken with no memory and find themselves in a puzzling cube shaped room where the laws of physics do not always apply. (94 mins.)
“ This was an odd series of movies. They could have been so much more. But, as it turns out, the sequels seemed to miss the point of the original. Also, the original kinda sucked. Specifically, the problem was that the entire series was a solid foundation, and nobody knew what to build on top of it. ” - Notspartacus
A young man whose job is to watch over the Cube endeavours to rescue an innocent woman trapped in one of its rooms. (97 mins.)
Highlander II: The Quickening
In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield. (91 mins.)
“ I would include all the Highlander sequels on this list, but this is the only one I've seen. ” - Notspartacus
It Runs in the Family
It is now summer in the Parker family and the usual number of events is happening in their separate lives... (85 mins.)
“ I know this as "My Summer Story." Like anybody who's seen "A Christmas Story," I was excited to learn that they were making a sequel to it. But this was a serious letdown. I saw it when it was brand new, but never again. ” - Notspartacus
“ A conversation from around 1992:
Me: HEY! The Neverending Story 2! I've been wanting to see this. Let's watch it.
My friend Carl: No, you don't want to see it.
My brother Kenny: Yeah, I already saw it, and it sucked.
Me: No. I really want to see it.
Carl: No, he's right. It sucks.
Me: Okay. I want to find out how much it sucks.
Kenny: That's exactly what I said. You do not want to see how much it sucks.
Me: If it sucks so bad, Carl, why do you still have it?
It went on this way for a while. We ended up watching it, and Kenny and Carl were right. ” - Notspartacus
The Sting II
Lonnegan is planning to get back at Gondorff and Hooker for bilking him out of half a million. At the... (102 mins.)
“ I can honestly say that I'm not really sure if I've seen this movie. Whether that means it's that forgettable, or my memory is just that bad, I don't know. I do remember parts of it. I think I started channel surfing, and then wound up watching something else. ” - Notspartacus
Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
A group of smart-talking toddlers find themselves at the center of a media mogul's experiment to crack the code to baby talk. The toddlers must race against time for the sake of babies everywhere. (88 mins.)
“ Here's another movie on the list that I've never seen. I consider "Baby Geniuses" to be the worst movie I've ever seen through to the end. I consider it to be one of Hollywood's lowest moments that they actually made a sequel to that one. ” - Notspartacus
US Marshal Samuel Gerard (Jones) and his team of Marshals are assigned to track down Sheridan (Snipes), who has been accused of a double-murder. (131 mins.)
“ This wasn't terrible, just kinda bad. But it was suspect from the beginning that they decided to change the focus of the plot from one movie to the next. Weak. ” - Notspartacus
Wayne's World 2
The inseparable duo try to organize a rock concert while Wayne must fend off a record producer who has an eye for his girlfriend. (95 mins.)
“ Maybe I should cut them some slack on this one. It is, after all, the sequel to the ONLY GOOD MOVIE that was based on a Saturday Night Live skit. ” - Notspartacus
Weekend at Bernie's II
Larry and Richard use a voodoo-revived corpse to track down hidden money to clear their names. (97 mins.)
“ Not many movies insult the audience's intelligence as much as this one. And yes, OF COURSE I saw the original, and know how far it expects you to suspend your disbelief. But that was at least fun in its absurdity. This one is just plain stupid. ” - Notspartacus