Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Nate: The Blues Brothers were created as a Saturday Night Live sketch by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi before being turned into a movie in 1980. The movie would go on to achieve cult status even going as far as having a live attraction at Universal Studios theme park that continues to this day. The sequel, Blues Brothers 2000 however, was an uninspired sequel released 18 years after the original that really should not have been made especially considering Belushi’s untimely passing in 1982. Nostalgia is a powerful drug but much like other cult comedies that could have made this list (Son of The Mask / Dumb and Dumber Too / Zoolander 2) it would have been much wiser to leave the past in the past.
Future Jurassic Park/World films
Michael: Jurassic World was an entertaining and fun film no question, but in terms of originality and real genuine new thrills it obviously lacked a bit. In reality the premise of the Jurassic series gets repetitive quickly; no matter what the film, in the end, it’s always going to be about dinosaurs escaping their seemingly ‘secure’ enclosures and then breaking out and killing people. How many more times do we have to see that? The original Jurassic Park was groundbreaking for its effects and totally new story, but even the great Michael Crichton knew when to stop. So moving forward we’re just going to see more dinosaurs kill more people and recycle the same general plot line. Yes, Jurassic World was a little bit different no doubt but ultimately it’s about the dinosaurs being vicious creatures. Like Indiana Jones, why does this series have to be dragged into the future? The original and its other sequels will always exist and making more of the same doesn’t enhance the series, it just makes it look tired.
Nate: Minions is a spinoff sequel to the successful Despicable Me Franchise that makes this list because it functions more as a cash grab for merchandising than an actual complete film. The Minions, while fun in small doses or a quick one-off joke simply does not offer enough to warrant a ninety-minute feature. The resulting film is shallow and a complete insult even to the youth audiences it is targeted for when you consider the quality of animated features nowadays. We at a point now where animated movies are in serious contention for a Best Picture nomination so why are we settling for this shallow garbage?
Grease 2 (1982)
Michael: It’s a rehash of the classic 1978 original, but the songs, characters, and storyline are nowhere near as compelling. And it’s also an example of a sequel made just because it could be made, not because the first film needed one. Though this is true of many other far worse sequels; Grease 2 isn’t totally bad per se, it’s just as this list says it is: unnecessary.
Gremlins 2 (1990)
Nate: Gremlins 2 is one of those sequels that unlike the bulk of the other movies on this list is actually enjoyable. It functions as a parody and a satire of everything wrong with the original film as well as the sequel culture in general but is nonetheless unnecessary. Gremlins 2 is one of those movies that got lost in the shuffle amongst the many great Spielberg – Amblin vehicles of the 80s like E.T, unable to match the legacy of the original it has become a forgotten relic of a studio trying to cash in quick.
Indiana Jones 5 (2019?)
Michael: This is probably one of the better examples of when enough is enough. The announcement that a fifth installment in the beloved Indiana Jones series would be released in 2019 and star Harrison Ford has made many wonder what exactly is going through the filmmakers’ heads. A fifth film would give fans and audiences nothing new at all and is frankly trying to take an 80s icon into the 21st century in a most unnatural way. 2008’s “The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” was already seen by many as unnecessary, and the fact that it went through 19 years of development hell showed that perhaps the last we should have seen of Indy was riding into the sunset at the end of “The Last Crusade”. Nonetheless at least “Crystal Skull” was able to showcase the archaeologist as an older man and facing new foes besides the Nazis. That premise is intriguing enough, and though the movie is obviously nowhere near as classic as the original films it’s an amusing outing generally. But now a fifth movie?! Where could this story possibly go that really wasn’t touched upon in Crystal Skull? We’ve already seen the older Jones (including jokes about his age), he married his true love Marion and earned tenure at his college. So what would number 5 offer? An even older Indy? More age-related gags? More Soviet bad guys?
Making the fifth movie will not only be wholly unoriginal but just plain stale. We don’t need to have new Indiana Jones movies to keep our memories of him alive, we will always have the originals and they will always be classics. Dragging him into the future with useless films that offer little to the imagination anymore is sad. Professor Jones has earned the right to retire, can’t the filmmakers respect that?
Terminator Genisys (2015)
Nate: A lot of sequels are unnecessary because it does the same thing as the original to lesser and lesser returns (the aforementioned Jurassic Park and Hangover sequels come to mind) but this Terminator sequel makes the list for going back and altering the series timeline creating a bunch of plot holes in the process. This half measured attempt at a reboot was lackluster, uninspiring and undeserving of this once great franchise. Terminator 2 was the ideal endpoint, it’s a shame they had to keep pushing these unnecessary sequels down to Genisys being the nail in the coffin for The Terminator.
Toy Story 4 (2019?)
Michael: Much like Indiana Jones, having a fourth Toy Story is another example of not knowing when to end things. What is so hard to accept for some that things have to end? That includes film series; there is a definite life cycle for film and TV series and the time comes when we have to say goodbye. In the case of Toy Story, the series ended perfectly with Toy Story 3. It was a wonderful emotional send-off to the characters and for those who grew up with the movies; seeing Andy as a young adult leaving behind his toys was a very bittersweet moment of cinema. The end of Toy Story 3 was the best possible goodbye to this great animated trilogy. Now the prospect of another movie for no real legitimate reason (let’s put box office profit aside for a moment) represents again the stubbornness and reluctance to let go. After a perfect conclusion adding the fourth movie is totally superfluous. Instead of inflating this series, why can’t NEW ideas for a NEW series be generated?
Transformers series (2007-present)
Michael: It’s rare to see a movie series where each installment just keeps getting progressively worse. Director Michael Bay’s fixation on the Hasbro toys hasn’t done his career any favors either. Though the first film (already 10 years old!) is a decent effort, every film since has just been a whirlwind of mindless action, violence and patience testing run times. A fifth movie is set to be released in 2017. It just makes you wonder why Bay and his associates are making these; it is obvious critical esteem means little to him and by making more Transformers he’s just cementing his legacy as unfortunately one of the worst directors working today.
Disney’s Direct to Home Video Sequels
Nate: You know that a movie is bad when it doesn’t even get a theatrical run. Producing such gems as Little Mermaid 2, 101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure and Beauty & The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, most of these films are unknown to most except the biggest of Disney fans. As with most unnecessary sequels, these cash grabs made to capitalize on the established fanbases of Disney classics pale in comparison to their predecessors. Disney has buried these deep into the vault and you should bury these as well.