My Favourite Five awesome movies with terrible sequels that redeemed themselves in the third chapter.
^ man, what a title!
Basically, this is trilogies where the first and third movies are great and the second is somewhat terrible …
#5 Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989)/ Honey, I Blew Up The Kid (1992)/ Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)
I have the trilogy on DVD and to this day it still remains one of those classic family comedies. Yes, the special effects are a little dated but I’m still impressed with the sets from the first and the third movie. The first, set in the garden (RIP little ant. Sniff); the third, set in the house, bringing some originality and differentiation to the first. The third will never be as good as the first but it still does have it’s charms. I’m a big believer that making people – in this case, an annoying baby – larger rarely works. It’s by far the least successful of the three.
#4 The Lost Boys (1987)/ The Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)/ The Lost Boys: The Thirst (2010)
The Lost Boys is probably my favourite vampire movie of all time. In fact, my personal blog was named Cry Little Sister after the title song from the movie. The Tribe is a terrible terrible movie! Do not watch it! It’s bloody, gory and is your typical idiotic teenager doing stupid things plot. The Thirst, however, not as good as the first movie, is more of a continuation from the first movie than the disconnected second. It features the return of Corey Feldman, as one half of the Frog brothers from the original, in the main role.
#3 Cube (1997)\ Hypercube (2002)\ Cube Zero (2004)
Cube is a simple concept enough – people stuck in a cube (well, a series of cubes) trying to get out. Hypercube goes off the rails into other dimensions. And Cube Zero, although could be kind of seen as a prequel in some respects, goes behind the scenes to the people working behind the cube. My advice, see the first and then the third. Skip the second. The third really answers a lot of questions – while raising many of its own also.
#2 Ocean’s Eleven (2001)\ Oceans Twelve’s (2004)\ Ocean’s Thirteen (2007)
Can anyone explain to me what goes on in Ocean’s Twelve? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller? Ocean’s Eleven and Thirteen had charm that Twelve didn’t. Besides, Twelve is kind of boring and nothing really happens …
#1 Jurassic Park (1993)\ The Lost World (1997)\ Jurassic Park III (2001)
The Lost World is passable because I like dinosaurs, but I don’t believe it’s a Jurassic Park movie without Sam Neill. This was tied with Back to the Future. The only reason this made the list was because although Back to the Future II is the weakest, I would rather watch it over The Lost World. Also, a lot of people argue that Jurassic Park III is terrible – I respect that but I actually enjoyed it. Although didn’t everyone just want Tea Leoni’s character to get eaten by a dinosaur? Am I right?
I’m sure there are many more trilogies with bad sequels. What’s some of your favourites?