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Baffling sequels

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Batman, Jan 31, 2015.

  1. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    I was scanning through the channel guide the other day and saw a listing for "Eddie and the Cruisers 2."
    Why in the hell was this movie ever made? The original was a pretty forgettable flop, and there was no groundswell of support from the masses to continue Eddie's story. Even the production and distribution of both films seemed to be a mess.
    There was one good song off the original's soundtrack (which, from reading the Wiki entry, might have been the reason for a sequel), but on the whole there is no earthly reason this film should exist, right?

    So it got me wondering, what other sequels or franchises fall into this category? I'm dismissing most horror franchises, which make money until the magic runs out around part 4 or 5, or plain old bad sequels to good movies where it's understandable why the studio would try to cash in a second time yet failed.
    I'm talking about the sequels where either the story was wrapped up neatly and there didn't seem to be room for a sequel (Fugitive/U.S. Marshals) or the franchises that never made money yet keep cranking out sequels (the NINE Children of the Corn movies, for example).
  2. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Maybe they made money, but Grownups and The Hangover were so deplorably bad that making sequels to those horrible shitstorms was akin to prostitution.
  3. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    Weekend at Bernie's II. End of thread.
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  4. Vombatus

    Vombatus Well-Known Member

    No, Caddyshack II, end of thread. My god, what an abortion.
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  5. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Grown-Ups is a good one, but might be explainable. I think the original was basically Adam Sandler bankrolling a working vacation for his buddies, so maybe the sequel was the same logic of Sandler having more money and clout than he knows what to do with.

    The Hangover sequels fall under the "made money" exception, though. The original made a shit ton of money, which gives them a pass to keep pressing their luck with parts 2 and 3 until the momentum dies out.
  6. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    Major League: Back to the Minors is another one that comes to mind.
    The original was awesome, probably did well at the box office, and left room for a sequel -- which was underwhelming in every aspect. And then they completely shift gears, make Triple-A baseball akin to Legion ball (including filming game scenes at a city park with chain link backstops) and put Scott Bakula and Corbin Bernsen through phases of their careers they probably refer to as "I dunno. I was drinking heavily at the time and having trouble paying alimony."
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

  8. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    As if The Sandlot 2 wasn't bad enough, there is a The Sandlot 3.
  9. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    Hunger Games squeezing four movies out of a book trilogy is a bit much.
  10. Spartan Squad

    Spartan Squad Well-Known Member

    Peter Jackson stretching the Hobbit into three movies was pretty bad.
  11. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    Frank Ridgeway needs to weigh in on this. Eddie and the Cruisers was awesome even if the sequel wasn't.
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Fletch Lives was a back-alley abortion.
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