What makes a bad sequel? Is it just the sheer fact of sucking? Well, the Resident Evil sequels suck, but the first one did too, since forever and always, no matter the lies our nostalgia-tinted goggles might tell us. So are those “bad” sequels? We’d say no, since there wasn’t anything good there to ruin in the first place. Is Batman & Robin a bad sequel, then? Surely, but it isn’t as bad as the meme legacy says. The set design is interesting, the final action-ridden hour is entertaining, and Schumacher will forever be underrated.

Moreover, if a film like Batman & Robin had come out, say, in the late ’80s, it might be fondly remembered today. We’re not talking about this sort of bad sequel, then. Oh no, in this Pictofact, we’re actually scrambling through the bottom of the garbage dumb. We take a look at the worst of the worst, the sort of sequels not even mental gymnastics or post-hoc rationalizations can save. This mostly includes insultingly bad follow-ups to fun and beloved movies, but also sequels that took the already dismal quality of their original, and somehow sank the brand even deeper into infamy. In this Pictofact, we discuss facts from some of the worst sequels ever – which means that, yup, we’re talking Son of the Mask-tier trash.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

WORST SEQUELS EVER JS Eh:00 SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE After Superman III, Christopher Reeve was done with the series, but The Cannon Group convinced him with a $6 million paycheck and creative control. Reeve suggested the whole nuclear angle, as he was annoyed by the failure of arms control talks. CRACKED.COM

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Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

WORST SEQUELS EVER SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE Christopher Reeve was too inexperienced as a director to helm the entire project. Richard Donner, claims he was asked to return, and Wes Craven was hired, but didn't vibe with Reeve. Reeve suggested Ron Howard, but Sidney J. Furie was finally booked. CRACKED.COM

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Son of the Mask

WORST SEQUELS EVER SON OF THE MASK Sequel talk began immediately after the release of the 1994 original. Director Chuck Russell was on board, but by 1995 Jim Carrey had dropped off and the whole thing was shelved. When a 1995 Nintendo Power magazine contest offered a non-speaking role in the sequel, then, 2012's very last issue gave them the next best thing instead: money and an apology. CRACKED.COM

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Jaws: The Revenge

WORST SEQUELS EVER JAWS: THE REVENGE So this film was directed by a nobody, right? Nope. Joseph Sargent had a long career on movies and TV. In fact, he directed the two-hour Kojak pilot in 1973, which Spielberg himself credited for inspiring him to hire Lorraine Gary to play Jaws' Ellen Brody (leading to her prominent role in this fourth part). CRACKED.COM

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Highlander II: The Quickening

WORST SEQUELS EVER HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING Everybody knew this movie would be a disaster. As a bad omen, Christopher Lambert and Michael Ironside hurt each other while fighting with 22- pound broadswords. Lambert tried to walk out during filming, but was contractually forbidden to do so. The studio meddled so much that the director abandoned the premiere 15 minutes in. CRACKED.COM

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Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

WORST SEQUELS EVER BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2 The 1999 original was produced by Haxan Films and distributed by Artisan. Following its success, Artisan wanted a sequel right away, but Haxan wanted to wait until the trend died out. Artisan just went with it-and this was the result. CRACKED.COM

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