It is often the case that movie sequels fail to live up to the success of their predecessors. Rather than continuing or developing a story, they exist simply as a rehash of the original film. On other occasions movie sequels are rushed into production to capitalize on a previous success, and as such they suffer from a lack of quality. When this is the case the original cast members often refuse to be involved, thereby making the sequel even less appealing to audiences. Whatever the reason for their creation, the following list contains ten movie sequels that not many people have seen.
Dirty Dancing was released in 1987, and went on to gross almost $214 million at the box office. Starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, the film inspired many imitations and homages. However, a sequel did not appear until 2004. That year saw the release of Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. The plot was very similar to that of the original film, but with a new setting of Havana in the 1950s. None of the original cast returned. Perhaps these two factors contributed to the film taking only $14 million at the box office.
Cruel Intentions was a remake of the French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Released in 1999 and starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe, and Sarah Michelle Gellar, it grossed a very respectable $75 million. As a result, a sequel was released the very next year. However, Cruel Intentions 2 lacked any of the stars of the original movie, and went straight to DVD. Also suffering this fate was Cruel Intentions 3, released in 2004.
The original Lost Boys movie was released in 1987, and went on to gross over $32 million in the US alone. It starred Jason Patric, Kiefer Sutherland, Dianne Wiest, and the two Coreys, Haim and Feldman. In 2008 a sequel, Lost Boys: The Tribe, was released to little acclaim, followed by Lost Boys: The Thirst in 2010. The sequels bear little resemblance to the original movie in terms of quality, and the only common factor is that Corey Feldman appears in all three.
American Psycho was a smart and stylish 2000 movie based on the book of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis. Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, and Jared Leto, it made $34 million worldwide at the box office. American Psycho 2: All American Girl was a loosely related sequel that went straight to DVD in 2002. Surprisingly, it starred William Shatner, and a young Mila Kunis.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, released in 1969, was a classic western starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Its perfect blend of comedy and tense action helped it to gross almost $97 million at the US box office. Ten years later a prequel was released, Butch and Sundance: The Early Days. It told the story of the two outlaws prior to the events of the original movie. Tom Berenger replaced Newman as Butch Cassidy, and William Kitt took on the role of the Sundance Kid. Although both movies were written by William Goldman, the prequel had little of the charm of the original, and was nowhere near as successful.
The Mask was a massively successful comedy for Jim Carrey in 1994, and featured an early appearance by Cameron Diaz. So popular was the movie that it made over $350 million worldwide. It is surprising, therefore, that it took until 2005 for a sequel to appear. When Son of the Mask was released there was no sign of Carrey or Diaz, and this, combined with a humorless screenplay, contributed to it taking only $17 million at the box office.
Donnie Darko was not a box office success when it was first released in 2001, but quickly gained a cult following on DVD. It was an interesting story well told by writer and director Richard Kelly, and starred Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role. Due to the movie's lack of commerciality a sequel seemed unlikely, however in 2009 S. Darko was released. The fans of the original were not impressed, and the movie was not well received. Perhaps an indication of its lack of quality is the fact that Kelly and Gyllenhaal were not involved.
WarGames was released in 1983, and its success launched the career of its young star, Matthew Broderick. A suspenseful adventure set in the world of computer hacking, it grossed almost $80 million at the box office. In 2008 WarGames: The Dead Code arrived on DVD with no theatrical release. It was essentially an updated but hugely inferior copy of the original, and unsurprisingly had no connection to the talent from that movie.
American Pie was a hugely successful comedy from 1999, which grossed $235 million worldwide. It inspired many imitators, as well as three official sequels. It is the American Pie Presents series of sequels that deserve inclusion here, however. Band Camp from 2005, The Naked Mile from 2006, Beta House from 2007, and The Book Of Love from 2009, were all straight to DVD releases. They are pale imitations of the original movie, and from that cast feature only Eugene Levy.
Disney are notorious for churning out inferior, straight to DVD sequels to their biggest hits. Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Bambi, and Lady and the Tramp are all considered timeless classics, and have all had the sequel treatment. Even some less well received Disney movies, such as Lilo and Stitch, Mulan, Tarzan, and Pocohantas, have had sequels made of them. Disney sequels are generally considered to be inferior in every way to the originals, and from a cynical point of view could be seen as an attempt to cash in on initial success.