Special Report

The 25 Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

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15. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
> Starring: Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez, Eduardo Verástegui
> Directed by: Andy Fickman
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $117.0 million

The original “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” (2009) raked in more than $146 million at the domestic box office on a $26 million budget. Kevin James returned to play the New Jersey mall security guard in the 2015 sequel that, despite still turning a profit and grossing nearly $72 million, only received positive reviews from 5% of the critics logged on Rotten Tomatoes. Many reviewers took issue with the movie’s over-reliance on fat jokes.

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14. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
> Starring: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott
> Directed by: Rob Hedden
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $32.9 million

The eighth movie of the Friday the 13th franchise is the second lowest rated of the 12-flick series. Serial killer Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) comes back from the bottom of Crystal Lake only to terrorize a cruise ship with high school graduates from New York City. According to Rotten Tomatoes’ Critics Consensus, the movie “nearly sinks the franchise.”

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13. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
> Starring: John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan, Kane Hodder
> Directed by: Adam Marcus
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $35.3 million

“Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday” is the ninth installment of the Friday the 13th horror franchise, which debuted in 1980 with “Friday the 13th.” Kane Hodder returns as serial killer Jason Voorhees committing another teen massacre. Critics and moviegoers alike largely panned the movie. Some critics even called it inconceivable, unwatchable, and aimless.

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12. Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
> Starring: Sharon Stone, David Morrissey, David Thewlis
> Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $49.0 million

Despite boasting star power from the likes of Sharon Stone and Charlotte Rampling, this sequel to director Paul Verhoeven’s 1992 Hitchcockian thriller failed to win over many critics or moviegoers, impressing only 6% of the former and 26% of the latter. Critics described it as awful, bad, and ludicrous.

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11. Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
> Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Busta Rhymes, Brad Loree
> Directed by: Rick Rosenthal
> Worldwide box office (adjusted to inflation): $59.5 million

The original “Halloween” (1978) is a tense, economical slasher film that changed the horror genre forever. It currently has a 96% Freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The eighth film in the series, “Halloween: Resurrection” (2002), won over a mere 12% of critics, with TV Guide’s Maitland McDonagh accusing the movie director, Rick Rosenthal, of having “forgotten everything he ever knew about generating suspense.”

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