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The movie sequel is, along with the reboot and the remake, one of the most transparent indicators of Hollywood’s greedy excess; any film that does well is almost definitely going to get a follow-up – whether the original cast and crew are attached or not – and the result is often vastly inferior to the original effort. It’s really a case of necessity (or its lack thereof); an original film spawns from someone’s mind largely without any pressure or ulterior motive, whereas most sequels are motivated by the enthusiastic nudging of executives who see nothing but dollar signs.

Though there’s countless sequels that have managed to better the original – Terminator 2 is perhaps the test case for this – what about movie sequels that nobody really needed nor had any particular expectations for, yet wound up being pretty damn good anyway? It’s a rare beast, but these 10 films somehow caught lightning in the bottle, »

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