Special Report

50 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

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25. The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
> Directed by: Tom Six
> Starring: Laurence R. Harvey, Ashlynn Yennie, Maddi Black
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.3 out of 10

Despite its grotesque premise of surgically connecting multiple humans, “The Human Centipede (First Sequence)” (2009) — the first in the series — was given positive reviews by half of the critics reviewing it on Rotten Tomatoes. The movie’s vulgarity may have worked in its favor, however, as its sequel — liked by 29% of critics — is described on the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus as being worse as it “loses its ability to repulse and shock and ends up obnoxious and annoying.”

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24. Piranha 3DD (2012)
> Directed by: John Gulager
> Starring: Danielle Panabaker, Ving Rhames, David Hasselhoff
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.3 out of 10

The 2010 horror comedy “Piranha 3-D” won over the majority of critics with its unique brand of unpretentious and borderline over-the-top entertainment. Its follow-up, “Piranha 3DD” — which places the killer fish in a water park setting — fails to recreate the balance of the original. It only impressed 14% of Rotten Tomatoes’ critics.

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23. Amityville 3-D (1983)
> Directed by: Richard Fleischer
> Starring: Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, Robert Joy
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.1 out of 10

There are 23 Amityville Horror movies to date, and 1983’s “Amityville 3-D,” or “Amityville: The Demon,” may be the worst. The movie — which features Tony Roberts, Tess Harper, and even a young Meg Ryan — received a positive review from only 5% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Janet Maslin, writing for the New York Times, said, “The cast is good, but the characters are idiots.”

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22. Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)
> Directed by: Mic Rodgers
> Starring: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bill Goldberg, Heidi Schanz
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 2.7 out of 10

Jean-Claude Van Damme returned for this sequel to “Universal Soldier” (1992) as a cyborg warrior tasked with going to war with a group of android killing machines. Only 5% of critics and 24% of audiences could get behind the movie, with the Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus blaming everything from “its generic story to its second rate action and subpar performances” for its failure.

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21. Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)
> Directed by: Philippe Mora
> Starring: Christopher Lee, Annie McEnroe, Reb Brown
> Rotten Tomatoes critics rating: 3.7 out of 10

The original “The Howling” (1981) was a modest success, receiving positive reviews from 70% of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Only 27% liked its 1985 sequel, “Howling II,” and — worst still — only 15% of audiences gave it thumbs up. The movie — which features Christopher Lee as an occult expert who travels to Transylvania to take down a gang of werewolves — was described by Roger Ebert as “impenetrable and amazingly inept.” Producers would go on to create another six Howling films.