Leaving a movie open for a sequel is a bold move, even if the film is a success. It is building a promise toward the audience, so there needs to be money, potential, and confidence to leave unanswered questions, tease a continuing plot thread, or have a post-credits scene that hints at something else coming to a theater near you in the not too distant future. Sometimes this pays off, leading to a successful film franchise in which virtually every single movie will feature some form of lead-in to the next one over and over again until God kills Earth. Then in the afterlife, we'll probably get sequels there, too.

This Imageset is not about those movies.

It can be really embarrassing for a bad movie to tease a sequel that everyone in the audience either knows it's not going to happen or, even worse, doesn't want it to happen. Hubris, thy name is “sequel promise.” Here are some movies that teased a “part two” but didn't deliver.

 

Godzilla 1998 CRACKED COM This was supposed to be a whole trilogy, which is why it ends on a heavy-handed hatched egg cliffhanger. It technically got

Super Mario Bros. CRACKEDCO This endearing disaster ends with a mighty confident call to a new adventure: Daisy returns to enlist the Bros. on a myste

E.T. Spielberg is sitting on a script for E.T. Il: NOCTURNAL FEARS, about E.T. saving Elliott from a spaceship full of carnivorous aliens. But he sa

Casablanca Producers keep trying to ruin its sterling legacy with sequels like RETURN TO CASABLANCA and BRAZZAVILLE. Luckily, Warner Bros. has yet to

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Forrest Gump FORREST GUMP 2: GUMP & CO. didn't happen because of 9 11. The author quickly published a sequel book (about New Coke and Exxon Valdez and

The Breakfast Club CRACKED COM John Hughes was dangerously close to making THE BREAKFAST CLUB: 10 YEARS LATER. Thankfully, he realized there's no exc

Ferris Bueller's Day Off There exists somewhere a cursed script for FERRIS BUELLER 2: ANOTHER DAY OFF, wherein Ferris is a 40-year-old life coach, Cam

Gladiator At Russell Crowe's own request, the Gladiator screenwriter wrote up GLADIATOR 2: CHRIST KILLER, a truly bonkers story about the dead gladiat

Elf Will Ferrell turned down $29 million to make ELF 2 because of gross- artistic integrity. He said he didn't want to make a follow-up that would er

Office Space CRACKED COM The studio undermined Mike Judge all throughout production. Then, when it wasn't an immediate hit, they jumped... to conclusi

Freddy VS. Jason It took over a decade to get the two franchises to play nice (and brutalize each other for our entertainment). They sparked some sequ

Mac and Me CRACKED COM The E.T. ripoff ended with a cartoon bubble promising, menacingly, WE'LL BE BACK. As a recurring Paul Rudd bit? Sure. As a feat

Airplane Il: The Sequel They teased AIRPLANE Ill post-credits, but Robert Hays (Captain Striker) explained that he pulled the plug because sequels wer

Batman & Robin CRACKED.COM They were So confident it'd be a hit, they hired Joel Schumacher to direct a 5th installment while the 4th was still in pro

Green Lantern This was supposed to crack the DC Extended Universe wide open -the post-credit scene teased Sinestro putting on the yellow ring- but eve

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