You’ve seen the classic films and now, thanks to Netflix, you can watch the poorly judged sequels most people don’t know exist. Pippa Day looks at sixteen unnecessary follow-ups to popular movies to check out on the video streaming service.
George of the Jungle 2 (2003)
TV director David Grossman takes over for a shock second outing with unnerving gorilla suits. The sequel begins five years after the first film, and sees George head to Las Vegas in order to save the jungle he calls home. Three of the original actors return – but not Brendan Fraser. George himself is this time played by Christopher Showerman, whose other credits include ‘Impossibly Hot Fireman’ on The OC.
White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf (1994)
A young Ethan Hawke only briefly reprises his role in this sequel to the Disney family film about a wolfdog and his explorer buddy. The second flick sees White Fang taken care of by a friend, Henry Casey, and follows the two on another adventure in Alaska. Thankfully Jed the wolfdog returns for the sequel – nevermind the humans, eh?
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
Frankie Muniz returns (sigh) and visits the UK as a teenage CIA agent, this time without his girlfriend (played by Hilary Duff in the original). The sequel has a nonsensical plot, involving a non-threatening mind control device that results in a piano playing pooch (but is planned to control world leaders). Hannah Spearritt from pop group S Club 7 also appears as another undercover operative.
Mean Girls 2 (2011)
We’ve already suggested that screenwriter Tina Fey’s classic teen comedy deserves a TV show, but this lame successor (for which none of the original cast returned – bar Tim Meadows) really doesn’t do the original justice. There’s a reason this went straight to DVD. The plot just copies the original film: it’s an outsider, the plastics and high school drama, only with worse jokes.
The Cutting Edge 2 : Going for the Gold (2006)
A follow up to the ice skating film with the best tagline going (“the ultimate love/skate relationship”), the second movie about romance on the rink similarly replicates the storyline of the first film using a second generation of characters. The spoilt child of two Olympic gold medal winning figure skaters, lead character Jackie decides to be rebellious and go for gold herself – with a rollerblader/surfer for a partner.
The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009)
The writer and director of cult thriller The Boondock Saints, Troy Duffy, returns for this vigilante sequel, along with the main cast. The film takes place eight years after the original plotline, and rumour has it that a third entry is being written by Duffy too. A documentary about Duffy, Overnight, details his seemingly self-inflicted troubles making the original film and is well worth a watch (though it isn’t yet available on Netflix).
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999)
A cult classic that didn’t need a sequel, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s vampire thriller starred George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette Lewis, none of whom appeared on screen the second time around. This straight-to-video release was then followed up by From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter – also available on Netflix.
The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008)
The prequel to a spin-off of a sequel to a remake of a 193os horror movie (!), wrapping your head around the film’s position in its franchise is complicated enough. The Scorpion King (originally played by The Rock in first leading role) is now seen as a younger warrior and portrayed by Michael Copon. The plot sees him meeting the Scorpion King that preceded himself. Bizarre.
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990)
Lead actor Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the series, the fourth American Ninja film is the only one currently available on the video streaming site. The title pretty much sums up the plot line, as American ninja Joe Armstrong comes out of retirement to help fight the baddies.
Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (2010)
A prequel to the 2006 crime film (which boasted a far better cast), the second installment is produced by the writer/director of the first film, Joe Carnahan, yet directed by Dusk Till Dawn 3’s P. J. Pesce. A completely unnessasary addition to Smokin’ Aces, this won’t be at the top of many people’s watch lists.
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)
Thankfully this is one sequel where the cast returned (including Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews), but it still isn’t needed. Garry Marshall (whose career ranges from Happy Days and Pretty Woman to Valentine’s Day) again takes the helm, as Princess Mia (Hathaway) must marry in one month in order to take the throne. On one interesting note, the film has the first singing performance by Andrews since her throat surgery in 1997.
Kronk’s New Groove (2005)
One of the best characters from the original film, the dim-witted sidekick to antagonist Yzma gets his own spin-off in a tepid tale of comradery and cookery. If Kronk’s spinach puffs and ‘squirrel speaking’ was the highlight of The Emperor’s New Groove for you, watch this movie. If not, maybe just re-watch the original.
White Collar Hooligan 2: England Away (2013)
If one tale of fraud and football hooligans wasn’t enough, the cast return for this second go, which takes them to London, Marbella and New York. Director Paul Tanter not only returned for this sequel but also a third – sadly not available on Netflix.
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009)
The fifth (phew) in a series of cheerleading films beginning with Bring It On, Fight to the Finish sees ‘cheer sisters’ in rival teams The Jaguars and The Sea Lions lock horns. Whereas the first film had a fresh faced Kirsten Dunst and a catchy opening number, the fifth film stars pop princess Christina Milian in the lead role.
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
An accompaniment to the first film, this horror follows another family who’ve moved into a haunted property, this time in Georgia. The cast includes One Tree Hill’s Chad Michael Murray, and claims to be based on a true story. Ha!
Psycho II (1983)
Possibly (surely) the worst judged sequel in this list, Anthony Perkins returns for an ill-advised second bout following Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic horror thriller. After Norman Bates’ release from a psychiatric hospital, the antagonist and lead character return to his motel. The film was directed by Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin, and is generally considered a mediocre successor.