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Added by The Mighty Celestial on 24 Jun 2008 09:34
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Great Movies That Were Followed Up By Bad Sequels.

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People who added this item 1121 Average listal rating (774 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.3
The Sting (1973)

To this day, I still think that this is a hoax. A movie follow-up without the Redford/ Newman team? Even with a great story ( which this movie substantially lacks) would've bombed without that duo. Hell, that's logic enough not to make this movie in the first place. But, not only was it made, look at who they did actually cast in the lead roles: Jackie Gleason & Mac Davis.
You heard right.
a "WTF?!" moment in it's most purest form.

People who added this item 4056 Average listal rating (2796 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 7.3

One of the funniest movies in the history of cinema followed up by one of the biggest voids of humor in the history of comedy. I'd rather sit thru an entire career's worth of Dane Cook's stand-up routine than ever again have to sit thru this torturous pile of doodoo balls.

People who added this item 5346 Average listal rating (3632 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)

A perfect example of a movie that was so self-contained in it's moment of glory, that you know that the only thing that inspired it's sequel was the ringing sound of the ol' ka-ching-arolla.

People who added this item 1413 Average listal rating (925 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.7

In the first Nine Yards, it was Matthew Perry, Bruce Willis & Amanda Peet in all their comedic glory. Move ahead forward to a sequel, down the field an extra yard, & all three are now in a unlaughingly boring follow-up story that makes absolutely no sense.
did anyone involved in the second "effort" even try?
Oh what a difference one yard makes.

People who added this item 6361 Average listal rating (4434 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 6.9
The Mask (1994)

As a big fan of the Mask comic-book series, & I knew that, logistically, it would be impossible to translate the surrealistic reality distorting powers of the Loki-mask with the hardcore violence of that of the printed series. However, the film adaptation, rather than even trying to do that, took the basest part of the concept & was able to come up with a movie that made the character of the Mask all it's own.
The sequel on the other hand, took the idea of the first movie & sunk it down to levels of a new low which no movie would want to call it's own.

People who added this item 595 Average listal rating (405 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.8

The DD was released in 1967. The sequel was released in
1985. The story of the original film took place 1944 . The
story of the sequel took place 6 months later. If the math
there doesn't seem to add up, rest assure, it still makes more sense than the whole idea of the 2nd. movie.
The first Dozen blended escapist action adventure with down to earth grittiness that made it an instant war-movie classic. It's follow-up blended an empty story with just plain ol' dirt to make it an instant forgettable mess which has already made me forget what I'm typing about right now.

What was I talking about again...?

Oh yeah.....

People who added this item 4003 Average listal rating (2639 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Exorcist (1973)

Satan takes over a little girl & makes her behave in a manner so vile, even the sickest adult mind would feel a shiver run down their spine.
On the other hand, The Heretic, while initially an honest effort, was just too explanitory to provide the expected nightmares that is expected from standard horror-fare, let alone, from probably the scariest story ever produced on the silver screen.

People who added this item 200 Average listal rating (120 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.6
Purple Rain (1984)

Okay, maybe the non-musical parts of the Kid's debut film leave something to be desired. But the concert performances are some of the most energetic & charismatically maneuvered dance moves caught on film & the songs culminate into one of the best movie soundtracks ever recorded. This 1984 rock 'n' roll anomaly featuring the Minneapolis funk acts Prince, the Revolution, the Time & Apollonia-6 was followed 6 years later by a 1990 sloppy piece of absolute sh#t, with an after-taste of eighties over-indulgence that would make anyone glad that the decade responsible for spawning the jerri-curl was finally over.

People who added this item 2691 Average listal rating (1729 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.4
Carrie (1976)

This is one of my favorite high school teenage horror movies ever. 23 years later, a sequel.
Twenty three years later.
And the film flops & is critically panned on a universal level. The moral of this story:
if you're gonna wait twenty years to make the 2nd chapter of a classic, you better hope for the best
but prepare for the worst.

The title of this thread says it all.

Runners Up:

- Grease
- Blues Brothers
- Arthur
- The Original Star Wars Trilogy
- The Blair Witch Project
- Halloween

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