We are continuing our thoughts on trilogies at Reel Thinking, by looking at films that should not have been made. As you can guess from the title, this list includes films that should have stopped with one. Most of the below mentioned films had excellent inaugural films, but horrific ensuing installments. As you know, Men In Black 3 is released today, therefore, some of you may think that franchise belongs on this list. Let us hear from you.

If you missed the reasoning behind our look at trilogies, it is because the release of The Dark Knight Rises, which could prove to complete one of the best trilogies of cinema in recent years. This is our second part of our three-part series on trilogies (see what we did there?). Our Top 10 Trilogies can be found here and here. Our next list will be the Top 10 films that should have a trilogy/sequel, entitled: Why Oh Why Didn’t You Make a Sequel? Hope you enjoy.

John Perritt’s Top 10:

  1. Jurassic Park
  2. The Matrix
  3. Star Wars (I, II, II)
  4. Indiana Jones IV
  5. Karate Kid
  6. Jaws
  7. Batman (Tim Burton’s; it was good for its time but went downhill fast)
  8. The Silence of the Lambs
  9. Dumb & Dumber
  10. The Sting

Josh’s Top 10:

  1. Never Ending Story
  2. Matrix
  3. Scream
  4. Original Batman (1989)
  5. Free Willy
  6. The Wizard of Oz
  7. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  8. The Sandlot
  9. Transformers
  10. Home Alone

Emilio’s Top 10:

  1. Rush Hour
  2. Matrix
  3. Jurassic park
  4. Robocop
  5. Beverly Hills Cop (Part 2 was great, part 3 was awful)
  6. Anaconda (Does not live up to the expectations after the classic first part)
  7. Scream
  8. Transformers (First one is not good, second one makes no sense whatsoever. Awful.)
  9. Speed
  10. Batman sequels (from pre-Nolan era)

John Kwasny’s Top 10:

  1. Bad News Bears
  2. Beverly Hills Cop
  3. Crocodile Dundee
  4. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  5. Jurassic Park
  6. Major League
  7. The Mummy
  8. Ocean’s Eleven
  9. Rush Hour
  10. The Santa Clause
  1. DustyOldTrail says:

    So everybody hates the other two Matrixes (boxen of Matrix?). I know I’m in the minority here but there were some cool parts.

    To be fair I didn’t know half of these had a sequel (sandlot, the wizard of oz, and jaws) (might be less then half). They sound awful.

    See I’m the type of guy that does’t mind sequels unless they start off with a terrible story. (slow clap for Emilio’s review of Transformers)

    The Anchorman 2 is coming out and maybe they can pull it off but it looks like a flop. The Hangover 2 (don’t tell J Kwaz I watch that sort of thing). I heard tell that there was an animated Titanic 2 out there (be still my heart). Megashark v Giant Octopus has a sequel starring Steve Urkel (wait what am I saying that sounds incredible, come over right now I’ll bake popcorn). Boondock Saints 2 All Saints Day. Transporter 2 & 3.

    I put almost all sequels in the Space Balls 2: The Quest For More Money category. It’s not that they’ll be better than the first one, it’s that they think they will be successful. A little advertisement for a sequel is enough to get me to sit alone in the back row of a movie theater and slowly eat Junior Mints until I go home and watch Dance Moms: Miami in my snuggie. I’m working on the area of discernment ok you guys. Like that doesn’t sound awesome.

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