15 of the Worst Movie Sequels of All Time

Batman and Robin stand in uniform looking into the camera in front of a grey background

Batman and Robin | Warner Bros.

From Jurassic World to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it seems that there is a nonstop stream of sequels flooding the multiplexes. Of course, not all of these sequels will be good. Most won’t be. But hopefully none of them are as abysmal as the movies on this list.

There have been some really, truly awful sequels since Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part II sparked the idea of a major sequel, and James Cameron certified the box office viability of big-budget sequels with Aliens and Terminator 2. Here, we present some of the most insufferable, piece-of-trash sequels to soil the big-screen.

1. Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, prequel to the Star Wars original trilogy

Jar Jar Binks with his thumb up and tongue lolling out of his mouth

Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace | Lucasfilm

While technically a prequel, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace deserves a place in the pantheon of truly terrible follow-up efforts. The film introduced a whole mess of terrible new elements to the Star Wars saga, including (but not limited to): A vaguely anti-Semitic junk dealer, a kid version of Darth Vader that no one asked for, a scientific explanation of the Force that no one wanted, stiffly delivered dialogue, and of course, Jar Jar Binks.

Disney has since redeemed the franchise, but we’ll never forget just how bad things were there for awhile.