Opinion Battles Round 11 Which Film Should Never Have Had a Sequel?

Opinion Battles Round 11

Which Film Should Never Have Had a Sequel?

We as an audience can find ourselves sitting through endless sequels, prequels and remakes, some we enjoyed others we find ourselves wondering why they made another film in the first place at all. We are going to be looking at the films that should have remained stand-alone movies because the sequels have only ever eaten into the reputation of what was a great film.

If you want to join the next round of Opinion Battles we will be take on our Favourite Performance in a Horror Film, to enter email your choice to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by 11th June 2017.

Darren – Movie Reviews 101

Independence Day

Independence Day is one of the best movies from the 90s and when a sequel was first announced I was thinking ‘No Way How What ERM’ then I saw the trailer and thought ‘Ok this could work’ then I saw the film and thought ‘SHIT’. The sequel completely ruined what was fun about the original that is a film I can pick up at any point and enjoy and a popcorn movie that is fun, action packed adventure that never needed to have a sequel let alone one that was that bad.

Kim – Tranquil Dreams


Remember Zach Synder’s 300 which gave us the introduction of slow motion fight sequences wrapped in a magestic testosterone filled era of men that fought for the living and Gerard Butler who lead the 300 to a tragic end but in the proudest way of never standing down and giving it the best chance. How do you make a sequel of 300 dudes who already died? Right, you rewind it back to the simultaneous stuff going on and give it a little mention, except it’s not 300 anymore, right? 300: Rise of the Empire wasn’t all that bad. It was subpar for sure and there are a ton of flaws. The only issue is that it didn’t make sense and for the most part, felt far-fetched and meaningless.


Cinema Parrot Disco

The Matrix


I can’t wait to see all the answers for this question! There are SO many bad sequels. Look at Speed 2… Holy crap. What the hell was that?! But sometimes the truly bad sequels get forgotten. I never think of Speed 2 when I think of Speed anyway. What I hate even more are the sequels that actually manage to slightly or even totally ruin the original movie in some way. So I don’t think I’m picking the “worst-ever” sequels here but I’d be happier if The Matrix sequels didn’t exist. The first Matrix film is a great standalone movie. The sequels just made the whole thing messy. There was no need for them. So that’s my answer: The Matrix should’ve been a standalone film and I almost wish the sequels were so horribly bad that I could forget about them entirely.


Tom – Plain Simple Tom Reviews

Donnie Darko


OK I haven’t actually seen S. Darko, the sequel to the hugely popular cult classic Donnie Darko but I know that it was apparently diabolical, much loathed and should never have been attempted. 

And most importantly, Donnie Darko ended so perfectly that there was absolutely no need for a sequel and since S. Darko was apparently awful, this film would appear to be a perfect example of a totally unnecessary sequel.


Damien Riley – Riley Film Reviews



In my opinion, the film that should never have had a sequel is Tobe

Hooper’s original Poltergeist from 1982.


This film represents co-writer Steven Spielberg’s eye for originality.

He took a 1970’s/1980’s format and setting and took it into the realm

of horror where it had not gone before. This isn’t the suburban horror

of John Carpenter’s original Halloween, it’s tamer than that. What

makes it really scary though is the idea it could come into your

simple suburban home.


Carol Anne is taken by the spirit and then returned. It’s a perfect

ending. In fact, the family is seen screeching down the rad away from

their home in the final scene. Why add a sequel?


In the first sequel we meet a frightening old man. This is totally out

of sorts with the first. He talks, he warns, he take the form of a

religious man. I found it all stupid and contrived even as a child.

It’s hard to re-summon feelings of shock. Is there such a thing as a

drawn out shock? If you are looking to create the same ones in a

sequel here, that’s what you have to do and t just isn’t possible.


In the case of Poltergeist, they should have stopped with the original

Vote if you agree!


John – Johnrieber.com

The Exorcist

The Exorcist” is, arguably, the greatest horror film of all time.  And it ended perfectly.  NO ONE had the question: “It’s four years later…  what does she remember?”


Yet that’s the tagline for “Exorcist II: The Heretic” – the woefully misguided attempt to continue Regan’s story, as she continues to suffer from nightmares about her original ordeal.  And Richard Burton is attacked by locusts.  Yes, that is the film in a nutshell. Oh, and at one point Regan is linked by a “synchronizer”—a device used by two people to synchronize their brainwaves.  Yes, they do that as well in the movie.

Exorcist II: The Heretic” deserves special credit for being one of the worst films of all time basd on one of the best films of all time.


Rob – Movie Rob

The Matrix

The first film was so perfectly done that any subsequent films just baffled the premise even more than they should have.

Sometimes, mystery of the unknown is more interesting that when they pull away the curtain and you don’t like the ideas presented by the wizard behind it.


Things should have been kept as is…


Rachel – 54 Disney Reviews

Grown Ups

My answer to films that should have never gotten a sequel is without a doubt Grown Ups. Anyone who knows me knows I do not like Adam Sandler movies- especially his comedies of the last 15 years. Everything from Jack and Jill to The Ridiculous 6 are some of the worst movies ever made. However, only one of his turds got a sequel- Grown Ups. This original movie wasn’t funny despite having talents like Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Kevin James and David Spade. Most of the jokes were either machismo high fives between the cast or gross out gags. I suppose you could make a funny movie about friends reuniting from high school but this is not it. It’s just awful. 

Grown Ups 2 is just more of the same and still a massive waste of talent for no laughs. Horrible


Emma – Emma Explains It All



This should be a particularly interesting round because let’s be honest, there are an awful lot of bad sequels. The word ‘sequel’ itself inspires fear and uncertainty.

I chose Crank and its subsequent sequel Crank 2, because I just remember it being really, really awful. Taking elements from the first film that were fun and worked well, turning them into a terrible parody and making it basically unwatchable. I did turn it off. And I don’t do that a lot. 

Carl Wonders – Listening to Film

The Matrix

Even if you ignore the fact that the sequels are mostly poor and disappointing, The Matrix stands as a movie that functions extremely well on its own and certainly didn’t need any follow-ups from a story perspective. From its opening frames, The Matrix is immediately unique and grabs your attention, and I remember thinking several times “I have never seen THAT before!” In the end, the story is left in a thematically satisfying way that, while open to a follow up, doesn’t need one. Unfortunately, the two sequels simply present more of the same combined with pretentious phiosophy and new characters that are either poorly defined or straight out of the stereotype box (or both!). Should have stopped with the original.

S.G. Liput – Rhyme and Reason


Grease Poster

This is sure to be an impassioned round, but I’ve never felt that strongly about bad sequels, maybe because I either don’t watch them, forget about them easily, or actually like them when most others don’t. One that sticks out, though, as downright poor is Grease 2. I’m not much of a fan of the original Grease, but with terrible acting from non-Travolta Maxwell Caulfield, Grease 2 is an unabashed cheesefest that never reaches so-bad-it’s-good levels, though some think otherwise. My mom actually likes it, and early Michelle Pfeiffer almost makes it watchable, but the very thought of Grease 2 instantly conjures the words BAD SEQUEL in my mind.


  1. I agree with all of these except for S.G.’s thoughts on Grease 2. I liked that movie a lot more then the first one. I actually saw a review from MovieBob(not Rob) on The Matrix that made me want to go back and relook at the sequels.

  2. Reblogged this on Tranquil Dreams and commented:
    Round 11 of Opinion Battles is upon us! This time’s task is to share which films we thought should never have had a sequel. I have to say this did take a little brainstorming to do, however, I’m pretty confident about my choice. What might not be a horrible standalone movie was also not necessary and yes, I’m talking about 300: Rise of the Empire. It had a lot of 300’s tone but lacked so much in the charm in fact just felt like a meaningless story but done in a much less appealing way.

    Some fantastic choices here as well. Head on over and check them out and drop a vote on which selection agree with the most!

  3. All of these seems like they were bad choices to be made into sequels. Grown Ups 2 stands out the most – wasn’t one enough trauma?

    • Good call with ‘Exorcist’, John. I had to go with ‘The Matrix’ though. Those sequels actually managed to spoil an excellent original for me, whereas I wouldn’t even bother with any sequel to ‘The Exorcist’.
      Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Caddyshack II is easily the worst sequel ever…but honorable mention to “The Two Jakes” which damn near RUINED “Chinatown” as a favorite of mine.

  5. Reblogged this on Rhyme and Reason and commented:
    Don’t forget to vote for which movie you think should never have gotten a sequel, in Round 11 of Opinion Battles! I picked Grease, which was brought to a cheesy low by Grease 2. From good movies ruined by lesser brethren to bad movies made even worse, there are some strong contenders to choose from.

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