Anacondas: The Hunt For The Blood Orchid (2004)
The Sequel: Bearing little in common with its fairly terrible predecessor (except for giant snakes), this sees a group of soap-opera scientists heading to Borneo on a mission to find a flower that can grant immortality.
Why It's Terrible: The first one at least had the decency to offer up some pretty big stars whose demise we could will for. Here we get Coronation Street's Matthew Marsden, who's out-acted by a capuchin monkey (who incidentally does a better 'peril face' than his human castmates), and some risible CGI that couldn't coax the most amenable disbelief into being suspended.
What They Should Have Done: Made the monkey the lead. Immediately it's sounding a whole lot more appealing.
Grease 2 (1982)
The Sequel: Remember that school, Rydell High, that Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson attended? Well, it turns out that the school didn't close when they left, and new kids joined to take up the T-Birds and Pink Ladies' respective causes.
Why It's Terrible: Like many a terrible sequel, this falls down on simple maths, as it tries to rehash the original without the talent, energy or essential musical ingredients that made the first one a hit. Songs have been shoehorned in regardless of their relevance, and Maxwell Caulfield is a limp lead, in both his 'Brit new kid' and 'Cool Rider' guises.
What They Should Have Done: We'd say get Travolta back, but that didn't bode too well for Staying Alive ...
Staying Alive (1983)
The Sequel: Sylvester Stallone wrote, produced and directed this Saturday Night Fever sequel, which sees Tony Manero trying to make it as a dancer on Broadway.
Why It's Terrible: SNF was surprisingly poignant, and came packed with grit, charm and swagger. It was a dark look at a very specific era, and it had a peerless disco soundtrack. Staying Alive piles on the cheese, and without his colourful Brooklyn friends to break things up, Tony becomes a pretty detestable lead.
What They Should Have Done: A Saturday Night Fever / Rocky crossover, where Rocky and Tony go head to head in the ring and on the dancefloor.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
The Sequel: After being blindsided by the rollicking good adventure that was The Curse Of The Black Pearl , we were feverishly keen to see what Captain Jack did next, or at least we thought we were.
Why It's Terrible: Chest is symptomatic of what went wrong with the Pirates sequels (all of which deserve a place on this list). Unnecessarily complicated plots put the brakes on the swashbuckling, past characters return for the hell of it (regardless of whether or not anyone actually wanted them back), and there are always some vapid support characters ready and waiting to cut into your Jack Sparrow time.
What They Should Have Done: Sent Jack off on a whole new adventure, totally unrelated to the first outing.
The Great Escape II: The Untold Story (1988)
The Sequel: A lame TV follow-up that looks at what happened after the events of the original, as Major John Dodge (Christopher Reeve) heads back to Germany on a Churchill-sanctioned mission to avenge the deaths of 'the fifty' in a historically dubious adventure.
Why It's Terrible: Loosely adapting the last chapter of Paul Brickhill's book, this lacks the star wattage (not to mention the epic impact) of the classy original.
What They Should Have Done: Turned it into a full-blown exploitation flick, Inglourious Basterds -style.
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
The Sequel: Following a successful casino heist in Part I, Danny Ocean and his band of slick-suited crims are on the look out for a couple of extremely valuable artefacts.
Why It's Terrible: It collapses under the weight of its own smugness, as anyone who has witnessed the Bruce Willis cameo will testify. The sloppiness of the various jobs this time around make you forget how effortlessly the gang took down the house in Eleven .
What They Should Have Done: Soderbergh, Clooney and co should have turned their attention to remaking and improving another Rat Pack movie: how about Robin And The 7 Hoods ?
The Jewel Of The Nile (1985)
The Sequel: Following the fun, romantic romp that was Romancing The Stone , this catches up with writer's block-afflicted novelist Joan Wilder (Kathleen Turner) and adventurer Jack Colton (Michael Douglas) on their boat in the south of France, before they get involved in tracking down an Arabian jewel.
Why It's Terrible: The success of Romancing... meant this was rushed into production as quickly as possible, regardless of the outcome of the final product. It sticks rigidly to formula, with none of the zip or surprise that Zemeckis conjured up. The chemistry between Douglas and Turner is the only redeeming feature, and they were only there out of contractual obligation.
What They Should Have Done: Put Zemeckis back in charge, and given him the time to find a story he was happy with.
Beethoven's 2nd (1993)
The Sequel: Overweight St Bernard Beethoven blesses his owners with four devastatingly cute pups after finding a mate.
Why It's Terrible: The first one was a bit of a slog, but it was passable as a kid-distractor. Here you have a choice between the lame 'puppies are troublesome x 4' skits, or the awkward, uninteresting first love of the oldest Newton girl.
What They Should Have Done: After this abomination, they definitely shouldn't have bothered with more follow-ups, starring none other than Judge Reinhold.
The Ring 2 (2005)
The Sequel: The Ring was a surprisingly effective remake of Japanese sensation Ringu , and marked a new trend in Hollywood J-horror adaps. Bizarrely Ringu director Hideo Nakata helmed this confusing follow-up, which catches up with Rachel Keller (Naomi Watts) six months after the events of the first film.
Why It's Terrible: The original's delightfully creepy videotape hook is absent, replaced by half-hearted horror movie cliches and cheap jump tactics. And in trying to keep the story going after the intriguing close of the first film, it opens up all kinds of plot holes.
What They Should Have Done: Ditched the characters and started again with another haunted device, like one of those emails that asks to be forwarded to 10 more people…
Escape From L.A. (1996)
The Sequel: Snake Plissken is back, 15 years later and considerably less cool. As the title suggests, it's now Los Angeles that has been turned into a lawless penal colony, and our anti-hero has to wade into the mess (on threat of death) once again.
Why It's Terrible: New York was hardly a subtle drama, but L.A. has none of its predecessor's urgency or grit, and the social commentary (taking a swipe a religion) is exaggerated so far that any relevance or insight disappears. And, as Die Another Day would later remind us, CGI wave-surfing is never a wise idea.
What They Should Have Done: John Carpenter and Kurt Russell should have struck while the iron was hot, and made the follow-up a couple of years later.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
The Sequel: Post Scream , I Know… felt pretty tired, but it was passable enough if the mood called for a trashy slasher. We weren't really too fussed about finding out what Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) did next though…
Why It's Terrible: Even if Scream and its sequel hadn't put out a cry for slashers everywhere to up their game, this sequel would seem lazy and pointless. It has drinking-game levels of cliche, as textbook jumps, knife-fodder best mates and common-sense-deprived villains abound.
What They Should Have Done: Turned it into a comedy, which it actually plays like, to be frank.
Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
The Sequel: Barely-related to its perennially popular forebear, Havana Nights transplants the basic plot of the first movie to revolution-era Cuba, as American girl Katey (Romola Garai) gets dance lessons and more from Diego Luna's wriggly Javier.
Why It's Terrible: It wasn't original written as a Dirty Dancing sequel, until the political edges of the story were blunted and a Patrick Swayze cameo was inserted. It lacks the chemistry that made the proper DD such an enduring hit.
What They Should Have Done: Forgotten about the commercial opportunity of calling this Dirty Dancing and stuck with the original script.
Men In Black II (2002)
The Sequel: Agent J (Will Smith) has to convince his memory-wiped mentor, Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) to resume his alien-monitoring work when an old threat returns to endanger the planet.
Why It's Terrible: The first movie established the super-cool agency, so by rights we should have been able to leap straight into some slick action. Instead we're left to yawn while we see K reintroduced to his line of work in order to battle a very similar antagonist to the first movie's. And in a bid for laughs, Frank the pug is shoved centre stage.
What They Should Have Done: Kept Linda Fiorentino on board as Smith's partner, giving them a whole new challenge to deal with, like a slow, sinister Body Snatchers style invasion.
The Return Of Jafar (1994)
The Sequel: The first of those awful straight-to-video cash-ins that were a lucrative money-spinner for Disney before John Lasseter put the brakes on them (although they're making a return with Cars spin-off Planes ).
Why It's Terrible: Because this was the first, we weren't aware of the intrinsically shoddy quality of these follow-ups. And if you don't have Robin Williams, it's just not the genie: fact. Childhood dreams: smashed!
What They Should Have Done: If they had a genuinely decent idea it would have been saved the DTV treatment like Toy Story 2 was.
Babe: Pig In The City (1998)
The Sequel: Babe was a uniquely charming family flick, lovingly rendered from Dick King Smith's quietly moving novel, The Sheep-Pig. It was even nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. No one was prepared for what came next.
Why It's Terrible: Possibly one of the most tonally-misjudged sequels ever, Pig In The City sees Babe head to mega-city mash-up Metropolis, and team up with various cosmopolitan animals to do... er, very little in fact. Where the original had nostalgic farms and subtle hints at darker themes, this version has a dog almost strangled to death, and a troupe of awkward-looking sidekicks. Director George Miller displayed the same split-personality with Happy Feet .
What They Should Have Done: Let the adult Babe star in a new version of Orwell's Animal Farm, which would probably be slightly less disturbing for kids.
Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
The Sequel: A future-set follow-up to Russell Mulcahy's bizarre original. In 2025, Highlander Connor MacLeod has helped invent an artificial ozone layer for the Earth, and that technology has now been commandeered for profit by the dastardly Shield Corporation, headed up by David Blake (John C McGinley).
Why It's Terrible: A sequel to a dodgy original has the opportunity to clean things up, and use established characters in a more satisfying context. This oddity just complicates things further, frequently contradicting its predecessor in a derivative future setting.
What They Should Have Done: Headed back to the 16th century for a fully medieval prequel, which could have established a consistent mythology once and for all.
xXx 2: The Next Level (2005)
The Sequel: Going by the unthrilling subtitle State Of The Union in the US, this was a tenuous follow-up to Vin Diesel's extreme sports actioner. Minus Vin Diesel. Or anything resembling thrills. Made possible by a truly dreadful auxiliary ending on the xXx DVD, which saw Xander Cage (played by Diesel's stunt double) ignominiously blown up.
Why It's Terrible: Die Another Day director Lee Tamahori takes the reins here, bringing a horribly reminiscent sheen of CGI crumminess to the stunts. And, as if the producers were worried about incumbent lead Ice Cube being able to handle the action duties, he's given two blank-faced partners to share the shame with.
What They Should Have Done: Drafted in Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson as the Diesel substitute.
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)
The Sequel: After the unsettling success of the first film, a sequel was all but guaranteed. The shrill rodent count was doubled with the arrival of female rivals The Chippettes.
Why It's Terrible: The cynicism that permeates this leaves a bad taste in the mouth, as the success of the first film earnt it a carbon copy re-run, complete with shoddy CGI, sugary sentiment, and bemused humanfolk. For the most undemanding of tots only.
What They Should Have Done: Gone back to the funny and cute '60s cartoon (The Alvin Show), or the ace 1990 series The Chipmunks Go To The Movies, for inspiration.
Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
The Sequel: Arriving an eyebrow-raising 21 years after the original, Corey Feldman's vampire-hunter Edgar Frog is back in business when the new-girl in town is bitten by the craze.
Why It's Terrible: The cheapo production ropes in Kiefer Sutherland's half-brother Angus, and everything else gets a similar downgrade in quality. Corey Haim gets a credits cameo, if you can be bothered to hang around until the end.
What They Should Have Done? Gone down the comedy route, as there was no way anyone was ever going to watch this in anything other than an ironic way.
Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen (2009)
The Sequel: After Michael Bay and Steven Spielberg proved that toy lines were a bankable resource of cinematic ideas, the battle between the Autobots and the Decepticons cranks up for round 2.
Why It's Terrible: There's a general air of incoherence drowning the whole thing from the lame Apocalypto -lite opening, to the impossible-to-follow action set pieces and the who-gives-a-damn relationship woes of Sam and Mikaela. And there are some unforgivable plot holes too: personified by the 'bot who can take on human form.
What They Should Have Done: Pushed the humans (and irritating sidekicks) firmly into the background for a Transformers-orientated affair. And Bay should have romanced the frame a little more, rather than dry-humping it into submission.
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life (2003)
The Sequel: The original adaptation was far from perfect, but few could doubt Angelina Jolie's action prowess, and this second half came with the promise of being smarter and slicker, now that the character was established and raring to go.
Why It's Terrible: Jan de Bont, who has one of the most striking directing career trajectories ever seen: from Speed to this over the course of five movies. The raw potential is there (Jolie is still aces) but the delivery is totally botched, resulting in a movie that's as long-winded and clunky as its title.
What They Should Have Done: Shoved Lara onto a bus that couldn't slow down.
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
The Sequel: Arriving a tardy 18 years after its predecessor, this is a pale retread which replaces Jon Belushi with John Goodman and an irritating kid. Elwood (Dan Aykroyd) is released from prison (again) and travels across the States creating an R&B supergroup.
Why It's Terrible: The music is its sole redeeming feature. There's none of the goofy charm that made the original such fun, and the big set pieces feel forgettably shallow.
What They Should Have Done: Skipped the movie altogether and edited it down to a concert flick.
Basic Instinct 2 (2006)
The Sequel: Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is back, and she's suffering from 'risk addiction.' After being involved in a sexy car crash with Stan Collymore (yup), David Morrisey's shrink is sent in to penetrate her mind.
Why It's Terrible: Because without Paul Verhoeven at the helm, this doesn't have the balls to send a sly wink and a cheeky grin at its ludicrous premise, playing it boringly straight. Morrisey, Stone and Thewliss don't survive the assault on their dignity.
What They Should Have Done: Increased the ham…
Book Of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
The Sequel: A bunch of young tourists head to Burkittsville for a tour of the site of the original film that became an unexpected, game-changing horror phenomenon. Shacked up in an abandoned cabin, the gormless bunch soon succumb to various forms of possession.
Why It's Terrible: There's a fundamental misunderstanding about what actually made the first movie such a terrifying treat: the mystery, the unseen, the shaky-cam realism. Not only does it fail on its own level, it disrupts the realism of its predecessor.
What They Should Have Done: Left it well alone. But if they had to cash in, couldn't they have sent in some investigators armed with camcorders, rather that resorting to past-it genre tics?
S. Darko (2009)
The Sequel: Unnecessary, unwanted, and pretty much ignored Part II to Richard Kelly's acclaimed angsty indie sci-fi.
Why It's Terrible: From the shot-for-shot poaching, to the ill thought out script, to the unbearably irritating lead (Daveigh Chase, from the original), this will offend newcomers and Donnie fans alike.
What They Should Have Done: Spent the money on promoting Donnie Darko (or its Director's Cut) in a cinema re-release.
Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997)
The Sequel: Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock) is no longer with Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), but she's replaced him with another vacant gung-ho lunk, Alex (Jason Patric). The pair head off on an ill-fated cruise.
Why It's Terrible: Bullock's character is the only tenuous link between the two films, as unfortunately Jan de Bont was unable to summon any of the tension, thrills or wow factor of his earlier high-concept hit.
What They Should Have Done: Starting with a hijacked vehicle that actually appears to be moving fast, rather than gliding uninterrupted through Caribbean waters, would have been a start.
Teen Wolf Too (1987)
The Sequel: Remember Michael J Fox's Scott Howard, the adolescent lycanthrope who was prone to transforming into a hairy, fanged, charismatic jock? This is the story of his cousin, Todd (Jason Bateman).
Why It's Terrible: It's a beat-for-beat copy of the original, minus the wit and with basketball exchanged for boxing. The sappy message is as unconvincing as Bateman's body-fuzz.
What They Should Have Done: They should have learnt from the iffy animated series that it just doesn't work without Michael J Fox.
Son Of The Mask (2005)
The Sequel: The first film's facewear is washed up from a river, and Jamie Kennedy has the misfortune to be wearing it whilst impregnating his wife. Animated baby hi-jinks ensue.
Why It's Terrible: The first film hung it's well-done cartoon action on a fairly decent story. This dives straight into the OTT action with a deluge of dodgy CGI, a messy plot and no comedy talents.
What They Should Have Done: If they really wanted more Mask antics without Carrey, they should have returned to the comics for a darker, adult-orientated reboot.
AVPR: Aliens Vs Predator - Requiem (2007)
The Sequel: Following directly on from Paul WS Anderson's abysmal-enough sequel, the action continues when the hybrid 'Predalien' wreaks havoc on the Predators' departing ship.
Why It's Terrible: This has all the humanity and storytelling nous you'd expect from an unwanted follow-up being helmed by VFX maestros. Idiotic, insulting stuff, further tainting the beasts' cinematic legacies.
What They Should Have Done: Fast-tracked Ridley Scott's Prometheus .
American Psycho II: All American Girl (2002)
The Sequel: A young girl witnesses Patrick Bateman murdering her babysitter, so she offs the Wall Street killer (and any of the original's ambiguity) and takes on his mantle. Rachael then hones her craft by attending a serial killer-centric Criminology course. And sadly, yes, that is Mila Kunis.
Why It's Terrible: The movie's woefulness is even more apparent when held up against the sublime original. Gone is any satire, tension or black humour. What we're left with is a reputation-tarnishing stinker attached to the original by only a tacked-on intro.
What They Should Have Done: Couldn't Bateman have just shown up in another Bret Easton Ellis adap (like he did in the books)?