5. Grease 2
There are some movies that no matter how hard they try, they will never be able to duplicate the original, and Grease 2 was one of those movies. Grease 2 was essentially High School musical with a bad attitude and completely failed to deliver anything remotely close to the original. This movie took an icon and ran it through the mud with a lame script, horrendous acting, and musical numbers that were obviously lip synced.
4. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre has been a cult hit for decades because it was a very well told story with some pretty decent acting as well. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 basically took everything that was good about the first movie, threw it out the window then handed audiences a pile of junk and told them to enjoy it anyway. This move made almost no sense and made no real effort in either acting or special effects. While the horror genre can spawn good sequels by simply rehashing what has been done before, this movie didn’t even do that.
3. Conan the Destroyer
Conan the Destroyer is the result of Hollywood execs thinking that making an adult movie into something with wider appeal can actually work. The success of the original Conan was a direct result of its gritty feel and dark themes, when you take those out and replace it with slap stick comedy, the result is bound to disappoint audiences, and Conan the Destroyer did just that. The only redeeming quality about this movie was… well there isn’t one.
2. Blair Witch Project 2: Book of Shadows
The Blair Witch Project was one of the biggest surprises in cinema history. It took a very simple concept and used it to tell a story that managed to scare almost everyone who saw it. The problem with the original movie was that there was no way a sequel could be done the same way, it just wasn’t going to work. The Blair Witch Project 2 got that part right but failed on every other front imaginable. Yes, it did have to steer clear of some of what the first movie did, but this movie completely ignored the things it could have used from the first. Instead of exploring the history of the Blair Witch and maybe using another spin on the documentary style of telling the story, the writer and director handed us a poorly done horror film with some gratuitous nudity. This movie sucked so bad that you almost got sick watching it but unlike the first, it had nothing to do with the funky camera angles.
1. Star Wars episodes 1-3
All three of these movies actually deserve their own spot on the list but it would just be the same criticism over and over again. Somehow George Lucas managed to completely forget everything that made the first three Star Wars films so good. The story was about as compelling as a swarm of gnats, the characters were one dimensional and hard to relate to, and the special effects were so over done that you couldn’t really tell what was actually happening half the time. The reason these movies deserve the top spot on this list is more than the fact they were bad. These movies should have been three of the best movies ever made, they could have been had Lucas stayed true to the things that made the first three Star Wars movies the works of art that they were. Seriously, George, what happened to you?