Special Report

The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

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20. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)
> Starring: Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D’Arcy
> Directed by: Renny Harlin
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $64.8 million

“Exorcist: The Beginning” is one of the sequels on this list that technically serve as prequels in terms of the plot. The supernatural horror film is the fourth installment of The Exorcist franchise. The movie follows Father Lankester Merrin (Stellan Skarsgård) when he first encounters demons in Kenya. The reviews for the movie were overwhelmingly negative — just 10% of critics and 27% of moviegoers gave it a positive rating. The film was also a financial flop, making almost $44 million worldwide on a $78 million budget.

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19. Zoolander 2 (2016)
> Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penélope Cruz
> Directed by: Ben Stiller
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $58.6 million

“Zoolander” (2001) made both critics and fans laugh and it turned a big profit. Its sequel, “Zoolander 2” failed to do either of those things. Now-retired supermodels return to the fashion world in order to save the lives of pop stars. Only 22% of critics gave the sequel a positive rating. The audience score was even lower at just 20%. Some critics called “Zoolander 2” unfunny, slow paced, and soulless.

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18. Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo (2005)
> Starring: Rob Schneider, Eddie Griffin, Jeroen Krabbé
> Directed by: Mike Bigelow
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $64.7 million

“Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” checked off many of the boxes that critics note when disliking a movie — “raunchy, politically incorrect, and not particularly funny,” as the Critics Consensus on Rotten Tomatoes notes. The sequel to the “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” scored 9% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes, though it did better among audiences, with a score of 33%.

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17. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
> Starring: Reiko Aylesworth, Steven Pasquale, Shareeka Epps
> Directed by: Colin Strause, Greg Strause
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $171.6 million

Considering the success of the Alien and Predator series , combining the two no doubt seemed like a great idea. However, “AVP – Alien Vs. Predator” (2004) was poorly received by critics, and its sequel, “Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem” (2007) did even worse. Only 12% of critics delivered positive reviews, with some critics calling it mindless, a complete mess, and illogical.

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16. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)
> Starring: Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George
> Directed by: Gregory Plotkin
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $84.7 million

Found footage horror flick “Paranormal Activity” (2007) was initially relatively well received by critics. By the time the sixth and last installment — “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” — was released, however, critics and fans alike had seen enough, giving it terrible reviews. Some have described the movie as a failure and a mess.

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