Top Ten Best Sequels That I’ve Seen

Continuing off from a list I did a few months ago of the worst sequels that I have seen, naturally there is going to be a list of the best sequels that I have seen.

10: The Purge: Anarchy: The Purge films aren’t good when you look at them, but the second film that they made I thought was a lot better than what the first film was. The films focus makes a lot more sense since that it takes place with viewpoints of different people on the day of the purge and how they survive the night, whereas the first film came off as more of a home invasion film. The view points for this is what makes it a good film since that in the end they all end up coming together through the film to act as a ragtag group trying to survive the night, except for one person. Leo Barnes, who is out there acting more as a vigilante and is also out to avenge the death of his son after the guy that killed him got off. The next part of the story gets rather interesting as the group is gathered by security forces that are gathering people in the street to be put into a theatre for the entertainment of upper class purgers who hunt them for sport. But then support appears in the form of the Anti-Purge group who manages to kill the purging team and Barnes uses this to leave and tries to get his vengeance, but that doesn’t happen as a Big Daddy shoots him but Big Daddy is then killed and Barnes manages to get rushed to hospital as he returns to the Purge in Election Day.

9: Friday the 13th Part 2: Set two months/ Five years after the events of the first film we get our introduction to one of the most recognisable horror icons, Jason Voorhees. The first introduction that we have of Jason is him getting his revenge on Alice who killed his mother, from the events of the first film. We then cut to the new batch of camp counsellors and we slowly get more information about the surrounding areas and what has happened, even with Crazy Ralph who warned them about Jason and he is also Jason’s second victim in the film. The next death comes to one of the sheriff who spots Jason and tries to follow him but instead discovers a shack that Jason lives in and he gets hammered. But then we get a good part of the film where we get to see what counsellors are going to be on the chopping block as the rest of them with Ginny and Ted head to a bar and then Jason starts his killing spree. Ginny and Paul return and find the place in disarray but then Jason attacks and Ginny is chased into the woods where she stumbles onto Jason’s shack where he tries to beat Jason psychologically but that ruse fails and Paul arrives for the save, but he gets overwhelmed. Jason goes to kill Paul bit Ginny stabs him in the shoulder ‘killing him’. They return to the cabin but an unmasked Jason appears out of nowhere and grabs Ginny for her to then wake up being loaded into ambulance and she calls out for Paul but there is no answer. I like this film since that I am a big fan of Jason and the way that they built up the kills seemed to be rather interesting.

8: Shrek 2: I think that there has always been the theory that a sequel is better than the first and third film and Shrek 2 is one of the reasons why. In this Shrek, Fiona and Donkey are invited to Far, Far Away after being invited by the King and Queen, Fiona’s parents, to meet Shrek since that they never went to their wedding. When they get there, the King seems to be rather displeased with what Shrek is since that he thought that he would have been at least human and not an ogre. This then leads the King to seek help from the Fairy-God Mother to woo Fiona and hires Puss in Boots to take care of Shrek. Shrek is convinced to take a potion that makes him turn into a human and the King manages to get Shrek imprisoned along with Donkey, who is now a horse, and Puss whilst Prince Charming is now posing as Shrek, but Fiona gets a feeling that something is off. But the most awesome part of the film is when Shrek and co gets broken out of prison and they construct a giant gingerbread man to help them storm the castle. In the end, Fiona manages to find out the truth and manages to hold off Charming, however when Fairy-God Mother shoots a spell aimed for Shrek but the King jumps in the way and take the shot turning him into a frog, God Mother then gets hit with a spell and disappears. It is a nice ending for the film since that the King realises that it isn’t looks and wealth that make the man but how much he loves her.

7: The Naked Gun 33 1/3: I love the Naked Gun franchise and this is one of my favourite instalments from the franchise since that it was also the last film. The film is based around Frank Drebin who is now retired from Police Squad but he feels now that unhappy now that he can’t take on criminals, legally, anymore. But his wife Jane tries to push him into having a child but Frank keeps putting it off and is then interrupted by Captain Hocken and Nordberg when they ask him to help with their investigation. Drebin agrees to help them as he goes undercover to gain the trust of Rocco Dillon, who plans to blow up something in the film and the first part of the mission ends up being a total fluke. But Jane becomes frustrated with Frank and leaves him where as Frank is placed in jail to help Rocco break out of jail. They manage to break out of jail and they are introduced to Rocco’s mother but Frank must wait a while to learn the plans of what they have planned. Meanwhile Jane goes on a road trip with a girlfriend and she realises that she misses Frank. Rocco then reveals the plan to Frank that they are going to attack the bomb is set to go off at that year’s Academy Awards for Best Picture. Frank and Jane reunite at the awards and they try to find the bomb but it was too late and Rocco and his mother recognise what happens and they kidnap Jane but he manages to save them with a lot of classic Police Squad hijinks including Nordberg assembling a helicopter. They manage to stop the bomb from going off and arrest Rocco and to top the cake, Frank and Jane have a kid. I like this since that it is a pretty stupid film and I love it.   

6: The Dark Knight: The second film in the Dark Knight trilogy sees the Batman face off against The Joker. In this film, we start out with a group of clowns robbing a bank where we find out that the lead clown is in fact The Joker who has been stealing mob money. This then leads Harvey Dent, Gordon and Batman to form an alliance to get rid of organised crime and it manages to work until the remaining gangs align themselves with The Joker and he starts his plan. Dent manages to arrest the mob and Batman goes and drags Lau back from Hong Kong to stand trial, but The Joker starts his threats to kill people unless Batman reveals who he is. He starts his killing by killing Commissioner Lobe, the judge presiding over the mob trial and tries to kill Mayor Garcia at a ceremony but Gordon takes the bullet for him ‘dying’ in the process and Dent finds out that Rachel is the next target. Bruce decides to reveal that he is Batman but Dent reveals that he is Batman and gets put into protective custody and transported where Joker attacks but Batman makes the save. Gordon, who is alive, manages to arrest Joker and interrogates them to find out that he has both Dent and Rachel and bombs are set to explode. Batman gets the location of one of them who he thinks is Rachel but it turns out that he has been sent to Dent’s location where the bombs go off and Dent gets disfigured and Joker manages to escape from jail with Lau but then kills him. Joker manages to convince Dent to seek vengeance and blows up a hospital killing hostages. Batman manage to find Joker and has him arrested but Joker says that with Dent’s rampage going on so Batman and Gordon go there to try and talk sense into Dent, but he isn’t listening to them. So, Dent shoots Batman but Batman knocks him off a building apparently killing him and Batman tells Gordon to make sure that Dent’s memories are kept intact and that he was the one behind the killing spree. I like this film since that the story was intriguing and that it seemed something that The Joker would do, destroying buildings and holding people hostage with insane deals.

5: Ghostbusters 2: I think that Ghostbuster 2 is a more interesting film than what the first film was. In this we get a more complex villain that Gozer since that we get to see what Vigo wants. The story for it is also interesting being set years after the events of the first film and that a lot has changed since that the Ghostbusters have been forced out of business with them starting new lines of work. But the team are reunited when Dana comes to Egon and Ray to help her and then this manages to drag Peter in as well where he starts to have a connection Dana’s child. They team then find that where the baby carriage went off the rails, Ray discovers a river of pink slime in where they manage to get a sample of it and Ray also accidently causes a city-wide blackout. The team gets arrested and put on trial for what they are doing and just as they are getting taken away, two ghosts get released after reacting to the outburst of the judge, the Ghostbusters manage to capture the ghosts and the charges get dropped. Later in the film Dana’s child gets kidnapped by her boss and the team go to take him down, by using the Statue of Liberty and the slime being positively charged to break into the museum. They manage to beat Vigo but he does try to possess Ray but the team blast him and they manage not only to save Ray but they also changed the portrait of Vigo into that of an image of the group protecting Oscar, Dana’s child. I like this above the first since the villain has purpose and I find the jokes and character development to better.

4: Aliens: I’ve went on a lot about why I like this film and I am going to keep this one more on the short side. I like this since that it is set years after the events of the first film and the main development of the film is about Ripley trying to become the surrogate parent to Newt since that during the beginning of the film she finds out that her daughter is dead, due to the passage of time, and it’s to fill the void that she couldn’t have done with her own. I also find the Space Marines getting killed by the aliens to be rather fun since they are going in blind. 

3: Star Wars Ep 5: The Empire Strike Back: Out of all the Star Wars films this is my favourite since that it had a good opening battle scene with the Empire assaulting the Rebel forces of Hoth with them bringing out their latest weapons the AT-AT Walkers and manage to force the Rebels to flee. This then sets up the rest of the film with Luke going off to seek Master Yoda after getting a vision from Obi Wan Kenobi to get trained. But not all things are going good since Han, Leia, Chewbacca and C3PO are trying to escape from the Empire but their hyperdrive system malfunctions so that they had to hideout in an asteroid field where Han and Leia grow closer together. On Dagobah, Luke manages to find Yoda and he starts to train him. Over with Han’s group they head to Cloud City where we are introduced to Lando Calrissian who has the tech to help repair the hyperdrive, however this turns out to be a set-up with Lando being aligned with the Empire and handing them over to Vader. Whilst training, Luke gets a vision of Han and Leia in pain and against Yoda’s wishes he heads to Cloud City. This then leads to three things, the first was Vader freezing Han in carbonite and gives him to a bounty hunter, Boba Fett, who plans to give him to Jabba. Second Lando turns on the Empire and rescues Leia and Chewie since Vader changed his mind on keeping the prisoners. Third, we had the first proper showdown with Luke and Vader and it was a nicely built up fight, for the time, and then the reveal at the end was one of the most historic in the franchise with Vader revealing himself to be Luke’s father. The film ends on a sad note with the Empire being on the upper hand and the Rebels retreating.

2: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Out of the majority of the films that have come out of the Marvel Universe there have been only a few of the sequel films that have actually been good and for me Winter Soldier is one of my favourite sequels and films in this franchise. The film takes place after the events of Avengers with Captain America working for SHIELD and starts with a scene with Rogers and a STRIKE team rescuing hostages aboard a boat where he discovers Black Widow on a mission for Fury where Rogers confronts Fury and he gets read in to a secret SHIELD project called Project Insight. But the project seems have a lot of controversy since that Project Insight is three Helicarriers being linked together with spy satellites to take down threats, but since that SHIELD works for the government that means that they would tell SHIELD who their enemies were, which displeases Rogers. Fury then goes to one of the SHIELD officials, Alexander Pierce. We then find Fury being attacked by the titular Winter Soldier and is presumed dead when he gets to Rogers apartment and gives him a flash drive. Pierce confronts Rogers about any information Fury had gave him but he remains that he knows nothing and Pierce brands him as a fugitive and has STRIKE set out to get him. This then leads Rogers and Widow as fugitives against SHIELD to a secret bunker where they discover Arnim Zola who informs them that there have been HYRDA operators in within SHIELD and different governments wanting to take over the world. Later in the film we see Rogers and the Winter Soldiers first fight and Rogers then finds out something rather chilling and that is he know who the Winter Soldier is, being his best friend Bucky who died in The First Avenger. Rogers, Widow, Falcon, Hill and Fury, who faked his death come up with a plan to take down Pierce comes into action with them each going after a different Helicarrier and taking their systems down one at a time. But in the end, it comes down to round two between Rogers and Bucky but Rogers doesn’t want to fight and tries to talk it over but the Helicarrier that they are on starts crashing into the Triskelion and Rogers is thrown out, but Bucky manages to rescue him and disappear leading on to Rogers and Falcon to find him, in the next film. I love this films since that it was different to previous films for Marvel, with it coming off more political and dramatic.

1: Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan: This is one of my favourite Star Trek films of all time since that it was one of the most dramatic films of the series as well as being linked into the show. Set after the events of the Motion Picture, Kirk gets promoted to Admiral and oversees the Kobayashi Maru and wishes to be back in command. Later that day McCoy joins Kirk on his birthday when he advises him to get a new command and not be stick behind a desk. Meanwhile on the USS Reliant, they are looking for a planet to test on with a device called the Genesis Device, something that is designed to reorganise matter to create habitable worlds to colonise. Chekov and Captain Terrell head onto Ceti Alpha VI but they are then confronted by Khan Noonien Singh, who was marooned on this planet by Cpt Kirk fifteen years ago and ever since then he has been plotting his revenge with his other supermen and the first stage is implanting small creatures into mind controlled slaves Khan then finds out about Genesis where he then attacks Regular I where the device is being developed by Kirk’s ex-lover and her son David, who is also Kirk’s. Kirk receives a distress call from the space station and takes command of the Enterprise but on route they are attacked and crippled by the Reliant leading to death and injuries of the trainees and Khan reveals himself to Kirk. Khan gives Kirk an ultimatum where he will let them live if they give hive all information on Genesis but Kirk uses this to remotely lower the shields of the Reliant and manage to get off a counter-attack. Kirk, McCoy and Saavik beam down to the station and find Chekov and Terrell, but Khan tells them to kill the team but they able to stop themselves but Terrell died in the process. Khan teleports the Genesis device onto the Reliant and manages to have Kirk trapped on the planet below, with Khan delivering his Shakespearian line and Kirk shouting KHAN. They manage to get off the planet and onto the Enterprise where they lure the Reliant into a nearby Nebula and they have a fight where Khan gets mortally wounded and he activates the Genesis device and tries to kill Kirk and the Enterprise in the process. But there is a problem and that the ships warp drive in which Spock sacrifices himself for the crew and restores the power. The explosion of Genesis creates a planet and we see that after Spock’s funeral his pod lands on the Genesis Planet. I love this film since that Khan is a brilliant villain for the film and the way that Ricardo Montalban comes off is so amazing and chilling that I was rooting for him in the film.

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Top Ten Worst Sequels I Have Seen

Throughout the years, I have watched a lot of films and when there is a sequel I tend to feel 50/50 going into it since that there are times that sequels have failed to live up to the previous instalment. This is my top ten worst sequels that I have ever seen.

10: Taken 3: I only found out about this film when I saw a trailer for it and then seeing it the following weekend and boy was this a rather boring film. The film revolves around Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) trying to prove his innocence after being framed for murdering his ex-wife and having to evade the LAPD and Inspector Frank Dotzler (Forest Whitaker). During this whole escapade, we also find out that Bryan’s daughter, Kim, that she is pregnant. Kim then tells him that Stuart, her Step Dad, had started to act scared and has hired bodyguards which is out of character for him. He then finds Stuart who he interrogates to find out that he owed money to an ex-Spetsnaz operative, Oleg Malankov and he was the reason that Lenore (the wife) was killed. Bryan gets into Malankov’s compound and he and Malankov fight but it turns out that Stuart set them both up as it turns out that Stuart was the one behind the murder of Lenore. Stuart then takes Kim, this is near the end of the movie, but Bryan manages to stop them from leaving in a plane and contemplates killing Stuart but Kim tells him not to. In the end Dotzler arrests Stuart, Bryan is acquitted for his crimes and Kim says that she is going to name the kid after her mother ending the film. The film was a rather disappointment since that the ‘Taken’ portion of the film was in the third act and would have been a bit better if it happened during the end of the first (sort of like the first film). Also, Forest Whitaker was pretty much wasted through the film.

9: The Conjuring 2: I think that this film’s main story was okay since that it was pretty much the same that happened in real life. But the thing that I thought was the worst thing about the film being the story of The Nun. The first that we see of the Nun character was during the beginning of the film where Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga) are investigating the ‘apparent’ haunting of the infamous Amityville Horror where Lorraine sees her during a vision. She then sees the Nun again in their house during another vision and she then manages to write down its name in her bible which then comes up as a plot point during the end. But the thing that is rather stupid and more likely done for the film was that the ghost that was haunting the family was being used by the Nun. I just found it to be a rather useless plot device that was just there for pointless scares and building for a prequel spin-off to probably try and create the same hype as what Annabelle did.

8: Paranormal Activity 4: This series should have ended at three. The film takes place five years after the events of the first and second film. The film focuses on a new family that takes in their new neighbour’s son after his mother falls ill and weird things start happening to them. Alex and her boyfriend start recording the weird events that start happening and when she shows her evidence to her parent they think that she is crazy. In the end, Katie returns and kills the family and gets back her nephew. The reason why I think that this was a rather bad sequel was that having a cliff hanger ending at the end of two was something that could then give fans theories on what can happen and the third film being a prequel builds up on the reason why they are being haunted.

7: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2: This is a bad sequel since that it pretty much had nothing to do with the original movie. This film focuses around a group of people that head out to the Black Hills where apparently in the film The Blair Witch Project was a film and they decide to see what they can find in the woods. But this ended being something rather different since that there was nothing to do with the Blair Witch. But strange things do happen to then such as them finding out that they had their research documents shredded and the camera destroyed but the tapes where perfectly unharmed. More strange things that make no sense happen through the film including dogs appearing out of nowhere but the strangest was the reveal at the end with the survivors showing them killing people, apparently under the control the Blair Witch but that’s not how it works.

6: Alien v Predator 2: Requiem: What would happen if an Alien/Predator hybrid landed on Earth and started impregnating people creating Aliens in a small US town. If you think that this would create a large epidemic you’d be pretty much wrong. This film is rather boring and it pretty much was an unnecessary film in the franchise.

5: Jurassic World: For this position, I originally had Jurassic Park 3 down for this position but I remembered about this film and why I thought it was a rather bad sequel. The film is pretty much the retelling of Jurassic Park but with the twist being that the park ended up being successful and people flock there across the world and head there the same way the Simpsons travelled to Itchy and Scratchy Land. The story focuses on several different themes. The first is about two brothers Zach and Gary who are shipped to the island to be with their aunt who is the parks operations manager so that their parents can have their divorce proceedings without the kids being around. The second story is about Owen Brady (Chris Pratt) who has been training Velociraptors intelligence and a InGen security chief (Vincent D’Onofrio) wants to weaponize the Raptors which they then do to track down the Indominus Rex. But then even more stupidity turns up when it turns out that the Indominus Rex that they have was not only a test tube monstrosity, but it killed the other Indominus that they had and it was smart enough to trick Owen into thinking that it left the enclosure but it then managed to escape and cause mass panic through the entire park and it manages to break into the Aviary and causes the dinosaurs there to rampage through the park causing more chaos. The ending for the film was also a let-down seeing the T-Rex (what we are supposed to believe is from the first film) fighting the Indominus but it wasn’t even the dinosaur that killed it. But with this film being a commercial success and a sequel scheduled which has started filming a few months ago there could be a chance that the faults may be improved from this instalment.

4: Spider-Man 3: Spider-Man 3 was a terrible film in the Spider-Man franchise for a few reasons. The first was that there seemed, like Amazing Spider-Man 2, too many villains with having Venom as the main, but he doesn’t really appear till the final act, Harry Osbourne as the New Goblin and Sandman where we see how he gets his origin story. The story was okay, Peter wants to marry MJ but strange things start happening when a meteorite lands in Central Park turning out that it contains a mysterious ooze. This ooze later in the film then bonds with Peter when he finds out that the person that was responsible for Uncle Ben’s death was the person that robbed the armoured truck giving him a new black suit that seems to increase his strength and he could beat Sandman this time round. As the film goes along the oozes influence starts making Peter’s attitude change but then Peter starts to realise this and heads to a church to get rid of the ooze. But the ooze then attaches itself to a new host, Eddie Brock, who has a lot of anger towards Peter since that he was the person that got him fired at the Daily Bugle. This then leads to a large fight scene where we see Peter having to deal with Venom and Sandman to rescue MJ, but unlikely help arrives when Harry, who has been trying to get his vengeance on Peter through the entire film for the death of his father, decides to help. But in the end, it was rather disappointing, Harry dies after being impaled on his glider saving Peter, Venom also gets destroyed with a pumpkin bomb and Peter forgives Sandman for accidently killing Uncle Ben and disappears into the wind. Overall it was a just okay, but it seemed to be rather hammy in places.  If anyone wants to see what would have made a better version of the film head to What Culture and see the How the Should Made video and it does make sense.

3: TMNT 2: Out of the Shadows: When I saw the trailers for this film I thought that it was going to be an okay film but after seeing it, I was heavily disappointed about the film. The first was being that the film seemed to revolve around elements that already had happened in the first film with the Turtles being at some odds with leadership and decision making. The plot of the film was heavily rushed during the first act of the film with Krang expositing his entire plan to Shredder and what the plot of the film was about. The ending of the film seemed to fall rather flat when Krang turns of Shredder as the Techno drome starts forming in the city and not seeing it be formed in the film was rather disappointing since that the Techno drome is a big thing in the Turtles franchise. Another thing that was bad was the debut of Casey Jones (Stephen Ammel) where his character’s interpretation for Casey was nothing like his counter-part since he was a tough vigilante that was raised on the streets and in the film, he is a corrections officer that turns into a vigilante since that he was responsible for Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady for escaping. But since that it now looks like that there won’t be a third film in the franchise hopefully a reboot can help make it a better film.

2: Friday the 13th Part 5/8: So, I am cheating with this one, both films are bad in the franchise with part 5 not even featuring Jason and it being a copycat killer that uses the lore of what has happened in the past. Part 8 was bad since that the film was called Jason Takes Manhattan and the only shots that we saw from New York were the establishing shots since that they couldn’t afford to film in New York and the rest of the film was filmed on a boat and the city was shot in Canada.  But with the plot of Jason not being the killer was rather interesting at first it was the rest of the film that I found rather boring since it meant that we had to wait a while for the reveal to happen and it just seemed to be rather flat. The other worse thing that happened for part 8 was having the main protagonist having visions of a child and then at the end in the sewers when Jason gets defeated it turned out that the child was actually Jason and that comes out of left field and makes no sense whatsoever.

 1: Halloween Resurrection: This film beings rather well continuing off the events of H20 where it turns out that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is now been confined to a psychiatric facility after killing a paramedic that she though was her brother. Michael manages to find Laurie and she manages to chase him around the facility until they get on to the roof where Michael tricks her into lowering her guard where he then stabs her and throws her off the building. End of the film, right? Unfortunately, not since the rest of the film focuses on a new group of people that are here to take place in a livestream event at the house of Michael Myers to find out who had killed him. This then leads for Michael to return home and kill the people that are participating in this even except for two people who manage to survive and the Myers house burns down. However, the film then ends with a cliff hanger where Michael’s body is brought to the morgue (again) and he awakes. I think that this film would have been if there was a more of Laurie in the film or bringing up what happened to her son. Since that in the past it seemed to that Michael was targeting people that was in his family but since that he took Laurie out in the first ten minutes.