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The Worst Belated Movie Sequels

Caddyshack 2, Return to Oz, The Godfather III and Son of the Mask are all failed movie sequels

There is no getting around the fact that sequels to popular movies are a way of life in Hollywood. If a movie has a strong box office showing then, inevitably, a sequel (or two) won't be too far behind.

A sequel to a film based on a series of books is to be expected: The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Twilight Saga, as are films that are usually cheap and easy to produce: Saw, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street. Also films that have a well established mythos: Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman are almost always expected to have multiple sequels.

Typically, most of these sequels have one thing in common – the amount of time between films is usually no more than roughly three years. With the noted exception of Pixar’s smash follow-up Toy Story 3, which enjoyed eleven years between parts 2 and 3, virtually every franchise that has waited six or more years to release a new sequel is widely considered to be either a critical or financial failure.

With Tron: Legacy set to take a crack at box-office greatness this weekend, we’ve put together a list of every sequel made in the past 70 years which we felt failed as a proper follow-up to the previous film. This isn't a list designed to merely point out the multitude of bad sequels in existence - that conversation could go on all day. Rather, we sought to look at the correlation between great original films whose belated sequels floundered many years later - as a result of drawn-out release dates longer than the standard three year mark.

Criteria

To make the list a film must meet a certain criteria:

There is no way to rate which sequel is worse than another because, in most cases, they're equally terrible - so we’ll just list them, pick the one we feel was the worst of the bunch and let you make your own decisions from there.

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