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Why Hollywood keeps making terrible sequels


In 1999 a tiny little independent film called
The Blair Witch Project was released. Zachary: And it went on to be this smash hit.
It made $250 million dollars worldwide. It also got rave reviews.
Zachary: Even from Roger Ebert. He called it “an extraordinarily effective horror
film” It was actually one of the most successful
independent films ever made. Riding on this success its sequel, Book of
Shadows: Blair Witch II was released just a year later.
Z: It was universally hated by every single critic. Someone called it “a club footed vomit
launch of teen horror cliches” It was bad. Really bad. And it got us wondering
what are the best and worst sequels of the past 20 years?
Anytime you google search a film you’ll immediately be presented with it’s metacritic
rating. Z: Basically you have all these movie critics
all around the united states and they use different systems to review movies.
Metacritic normalizes these rankings on a 1-100 scale, putting more weight on critics
with more clout. Zachary, my colleague here. Metacritic normalizes these rankings on a
1-100 scale, putting more weight on critics with more clout. Zachary, my colleague here. Was given a data set of 13,000 films from
Metacritic and found every movie with a sequel since 1996. 532 films total.
Z: What we wanted to know was what were the films that were really good the first time
around and really crappy the second time around. In other words, the biggest disappointments.
That’s where films like Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 comes in.
Z: So the original got a score of 81 points. The sequel got a score of 15 points.
CLIP FROM MOVIE: You know if you don’t believe in the Blair Witch then why did you bother
to come? I thought the movie was cool
Zachary: The sequel got a score of 15 points. The 66 points less.
Or take Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, the first Mandarin language film nominated for
Best Picture. It went on to win Best Foreign Language film. 16 years later Netflix released
a sequel, in English. The orginal got a score of 93. The sequel? Z: So unfortunately it fared much worse. CLIP FROM MOVIE: Too much blazing flame! It got 47. Z: So on the flip side you have films that
did really poorly the first time around and somehow miraculously did better when they
were made into a sequel. Z: This is a really small contingent of all
the sequels we looked at. Less than 25 of the 532 films were improvements. Outside of movies like The Dark Knight and
Kill Bill vol 2 most of these movies were tremendously bad to begin with. CLIP: Awe good boy! See I knew you could do
it if you put your mind to it. Z: Like for instance Garfield got a score
of 27. It’s not that hard to improve on that. Like Garfield Part 2 got 37 which is
still pretty bad. Z: The worst ones fall into 1 of 3 categories.
It’s either a horror, comedy, or action film. So I wanted to see if that’s a bigger
indication of how critics rate those movies. Z: So I looked at a randomized selection of
200 films from every single genre. And then averaged out the score for each genre. This chart reveals that the genres with the
worst sequels also fair pretty badly amongst critics in general. Despite all of this, Hollywood loves making
them. So much so that this year alone an unprecedented
37 sequels will be released. The reason? Money. Z: The average sequel makes 8x the average
original release. That’s $160,000,000 dollars over the $20,000,000
original. Grown Ups, the Adam Sandler movie which was
rated an abysmal 30% on metacritic received 270 million dollars worldwide. Its sequel,
which somehow dropped 11 points still managed 247 million dollars worldwide. It was a box
office hit. Audiences had no reason to give Grown Ups
2 a chance. And yet they did. Roger Ebert famously said “No movie executive
was fired because he greenlit a sequel…. But movie critics despair of sequels as betraying
a lack of imagination and originality.” If you have any doubts about how true that
is give Grown Ups 2 a whirl.

100 Comments

  1. JD Bond Author

    Sequels that are better then the first…

    Pirates of the Caribbean 3
    Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindewald
    Every Harry Potter movie (except the 5th)
    The Godfather Part II
    Terminator 2
    Star Wars (every one, except the prequels)
    Most James Bond Movies
    Avengers
    Iron Man
    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
    Mission Impossible (entire series except for III)
    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
    Paddington 2
    Thor Ragnarok
    Cars 2
    Incredibles 2
    Finding Dory
    Monsters University
    Toy Story 3
    Deadpool 2
    War for the Planet of the Apes
    Jason Bourne Series (they are all equal for me… except for Legacy… if that one even counts)
    Superman II
    Die Hard 2
    Indiana Jones 2/3
    Rocky III
    Ghostbusters II (maybe?)
    Ocean’s 8 (just as good as 11)
    Batman Forever
    Home Alone 2
    Patriot Games/The Sum Of all Fears
    Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London
    Men in Black III
    Blade Runner 2049
    Daddy’s Home 2
    Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3
    Guardian’s Of the Galaxy Vol. 2
    Kingsman: The Golden Circle
    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
    Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
    The Muppets: Muppets Most Wanted

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  2. Guywhoisaguy 0 Author

    Here’s an idea, have just one of your friends go see the movie, if they don’t like then don’t see it and the film loses more money that way

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  3. Coconut Pal Author

    The sequels for How to Train Your Dragon are (for the third movie, for me“will be”) AMAZING!!! They tell this story that can’t be contained in one movie or can’t be expanded in the episodes or the books. And after the third movie, there’ll be no more movies. The fascinating and compelling story will end there. No more follow up stories or anything.

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  4. Kallme Kordelia Author

    Good thorough analysis of data, but perhaps too much so. It wasn't until after the 3.5 minute mark that you answered your "why" question, and the answer – money – might be too simple. Why do audiences go see bad sequel? Is this a recent phenomenon or old? Is it a certain demographic that goes (e.g., disillusioned, exhausted workers who need something happy and predictable, people who feel that most critical darlings are too high brow, etc.)? Might this change given the fan backlash against recent releases – such as the DC Universe? The summary was good, but I think this video could have been improved with more analysis.

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  5. [Cries in cowboy] Author

    An anime sequel I find vastly inferior is Tokyo Ghoul :Re. I find, :re's flaws actually made the strengths of the original stronger. The original Tokyo Ghoul is basically perfection with heart and soul put into it, :Re is just a soulless void with some wasted potential.

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  6. Brennan Scarcello Author

    Hah! I am so proud of myself, I guessed that Horror and Comedy would be the worst culprit for bad sequels and I was right. Go me.

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  7. VLT Author

    2:32 Captain America: Civil War isn't the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel. Unless it means last sequel in a series of sequels, but it doesn't. As it shows Kill Bill Vol. 2 after showing Kill Bill Vol. 1.

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  8. Happy Doggo Author

    Guys in order to keep the comment section positive put down your favorite horror movies (Or shows idk) in the reply section of any comment or just comment it yourselves. This is a serious matter as this comment section is very not positive!

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  9. Sven Lima Author

    Terrible sequels:
    – Ice Age 2 – x
    – Pirates of the Caribean 3 – 5
    – Ocean's 12 – 13

    Excellent sequels:
    – Incredibles 2
    – Shrek 2 – 3
    – El mariachi 2 (Desperado)
    – Naked gun 2 – 3
    – Leathal weapon 2 – 4

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  10. Sven Lima Author

    The worst kind of "sequel" is when Americans copy successful European movies and 'americanize' them. Happend many many times but as the European versions are one ore more decades old, most people don't recognize that they are watching a bad copy. Youngest victim is the French movie "Les/the intouchables".

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  11. Robin Banks Author

    They forgot the third kind of sequels the original was great but the sequel was better like star wars empire strikes back, back to the Future 2 and home alone lost in new York

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  12. Stuey Griffith Author

    why THIS sequel sucked…. it's COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!!!
    the first: FOUND FOOTAGE OF PEOPLE IN DANGER IN REAL TIME.
    the sequel: Posers REACTING to the original, in a scripted story with scripted scenes and reactions.

    DUH.

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  13. Stuey Griffith Author

    SEQUELS: guaranteed to make at least 60% or the original

    Just make sure you don't give them bigger budgets and stars, and you're ALL SET! even the bad ones will turn a profit! 😉

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  14. thedudeguy121 Author

    I loved the video, but a little criticism: please raise the energy of the commentary. I felt like they were uninterested and didn’t care because they were just reading a script

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  15. Shadow 40015 Author

    People in the comments say money but i think its because the first movie had a unique idea than others so, the sequel being the same idea being too common made it boring

    Edit: typo

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  16. Sam Mills Author

    The figures are interesting, but despite the obvious bottom line (money!) what else can we say about this? Feels like there is so much more to be said here. First off, I don't think anyone plans on making a terrible sequel. Sometimes, a sequel is terrible because it tries to be different, and other times it's because it simply rehashes the original. Most sequels are rushed or overthought. But in the end, the only reason a sequel disappoints has more to do with perception. Many times, a sequel simply doesn't jive with us the same way the original did. The tone changes, the story doesn't flow the same way, or it doesn't seem like a natural follow up to an original. Expectations can be a buzz kill.

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  17. Orius25 Author

    The answer isn't money. The answer is actually: because people keep giving them a chance.

    People want sequels to be good, yet they never are, yet they keep watching them!

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  18. Iréne Mari Author

    I hate how we have so many talented filmmakers that haven't made it but those who actually have made it cannot take pride in their craft. Disappointing.

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  21. Scarlett Symetria Author

    Why Hollywood keeps making Prequels on 3rd movie? Because they wanna go "reverse" the damage being done. Keep milking those cash. Then you had a Fast and Furious that never seem to end. 🤣🤣

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  22. Bernardo Martinez Author

    Critics hate movies like “Grownups” because they don’t realize that they are their own genre of films that a lot of people really like. People enjoy “bad” comedy because it’s funny how “bad” it is. I’m not saying that I personally particularly enjoy this kind of movie, but I also don’t particularly enjoy a lot of critically acclaimed movies.

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  23. GamingTV Author

    you know why sequels are bad? because they're mostly cash grabs on a luck based successful 1st film that tries to capitalize on it's gained success, thing is, if a 1st film is super profitable and is super popular, it really doesn't matter how bad it is, ppl will go see it in the masses regardless, it's why i don't pay attention to sequels or prequels unless i see it was an intended series

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  24. Ernie Arellano Author

    Why does everybody like to play follow the leader when it comes to everthing you can like something if no one don't it's ok. There's many things that make a movie good. watching it with a dead love one that love'd one of these's movie's so when you see it. It makes you smile or it makes you feel something else there to much hate in this world it's sad.

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  25. Golazo Highlights Author

    In these days movie critics are basically the new yelp reviewers, no one listens to them if people liked a movie they will watch a sequel. No matter what they critic has to say. Their power has diminished severely in the past decade

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