We’ve had several “sequels that sucked” threads in CS recently – so I thought I’d start one to provide some balance.
To start with: I liked The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999). You would think a sequel to a classic like Carrie (1976), and so many years later, and without even involving Stephen King or basing it on one of his books, would be a sure recipe for disaster. But I liked the result. It wasn’t even really the same kind of movie as the first Carrie – it couldn’t be, without a religious psycho like Mrs. White as a central plot engine – but it was a success in its own right. Of course the element of suspense was much less than in (a first-time viewing of) the original because you knew, in general terms, how it was going to have to end. But the production quality was good, the acting didn’t disappoint, the dialogue was sometimes intense, the high-school theater-of-cruelty themes were timely updated. And Emily Bergl . . . GRRRR! I’m sorry, Sissy Spacek is talented, but in terms of sex appeal there’s no comparison!
Any Which Way You Can (1980) might not have been quite as good as Every Which Way But Loose (1978) – but it was not significantly worse (not that the first one set the bar all that high), and it did have its memorable parts. John Quade gave a redneck-bravura performance as Chollo, leader of the Black Widows! (“Lord, you have given me this cross to bear, and I will carry it from Jerusalem to Jackson . . .”)
What other sequels have you seen that disappointed by not disappointing?