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24 Worst Fantasy Movie Sequels

by | April 19, 2016 | Comments

At 48% on the Tomatometer, Snow White and The Huntsman didn’t clear many critical benchmarks in the fantasy genre back in 2012. But The Huntsman: Winter’s War, its Kristen Stewart-less prequel, looks like it’ll fall even shorter, inspiring this week’s 24 Frames gallery: 24 worst fantasy movie sequels (or prequels, or sidequels, or spinoffs, or…) by Tomatometer!

  • John Rash

    Ghostbusters II is a decent sequel, Return to OZ is a classic and Ewok Adventure is great for young kids. This list is a joke!

    • Joseph The Sane

      Ewok Adventure is odd, but far from bad. It does drag on a bit in parts, though.

    • Preston

      I’m down with the Ewok Adventure. It’s not a work of art, but if they pumped a few more bucks into it we may have gotten a more appetizing spin-off. It’s a quality piece of 1980’s crap.

  • Alex Reynard

    Return To Oz not only has some amazingly impressive sets and costumes, and the best use of Claymation in anything anywhere, but it has produced some of the most memorable childhood nightmares of any 80s kids flick.

    • Harry Palm

      Agreed. That should definitely not be on the list.

      • Alex Reynard

        Y’know, looking at it from another angle, I can see it being a bad *sequel**. Like, if you loved the original and then watched Return To Oz right afterwards, you might be horrified. But judging it as a standalone, unconnected thing, it’s not a bad movie at all.

        Kind of like how I enjoyed Constantine as a movie, but was told by some friends familiar with the comics that it is not a good adaptation.

      • dontdoghb

        Yes it should.

  • Joseph The Sane

    I actually really like Ghostbusters 2 and Return to Oz.

    • robb sturtcman

      Yeah. Turbo & MK Annihilation are like war crimes compared to GB2 & Return to Oz.

  • Haha this list really is a joke, case in point: Mannequin 2 – compared to the original’s 22%.

  • Joe Eoj

    Return to OZ is an absolute Classic, Ask literally anyone that went through childhood during the ’80’s.

    Way to make a list based solely on Tomatometer percentage comparisons.

    How empty. You should be a top 40 record producer Alex, you certainly have the soullessness down pat.

    • dontdoghb

      I went through childhood in the 80s and watched Return to Oz as a kid. I thought it was awful. Of course I was a big fan of the original.

      • Joe Eoj

        You’ve been flagged

        • dontdoghb

          For not agreeing with you?

          • Joe Eoj

            Flagged again. Perhaps this time you’ll learn your lesson.

          • dontdoghb

            I just flagged both of your comments twice.

  • Mack

    Unsure why you picked on Return to Neverland when there are so many worse Disney animated sequels.

    • Nina

      Like “Hunchback of Notre Dame 2”. “Return to Neverland” at least had a little bit of effort put into it in terms of animation. But the sequel to “Hunchback” is dreadful to look at. It’s insulting to the beautiful animation and detail of the original, nevermind the stupid plot.

      • Muttley70

        Was “HunchBack of Notre Dame 2” even shown in the theaters or like so many Disney prequels of popular franchises straight to video? Straight to video should never count as you know going in the bar is set low.

        • Nina

          Ah that’s true, it was a straight-to-video release, whereas Neverland was a theatrical release.

  • Artemur

    i think Return to OZ is an good movie but too creepy for children.

    • Aaron

      You’re too creepy for children!

      … I just wanted to say that. No offense.

  • Bill Reich

    Return to Oz should not be on this list.

  • johnnytucf

    Return to Oz should not be anywhere near this list.

  • Sjarlatan

    Return to Oz is great, and better than the original.

  • Ki

    I used to love ‘Aladdin and the king of thieves’ when I was a child. I am not surprised to find out it was in fact awful but I used to watch it on a loop and have fond memories of it haha

    • BlackAce

      Eh watching it again it’s really not bad at all, in the glut of shitty straight to video Disney sequels Aladdin and the King of Thieves is one of the few that actually shines. Granted it’s better if you see it as more of the grand finale to the Aladdin tv series Disney was pushing at the time, as opposed to final film in a trilogy.

      • Ki

        The music in KoT was fun. I loved the ‘Disney afternoon’ TV series as well

  • Tim Sawyer

    Wrath of the Titans and The Santa Claus 3 shouldn’t be on this list. They aren’t great, but they’re decently entertaining and really not that bad.

    Where are some of the other steaming piles of crap like 90% of all horror sequels ever made? Or Mad Max 3? Or Fantastic Four 2?

  • massive2341

    Am I the only one who didn’t think Never-Ending Story 2 was so bad? Least it wasn’t the third one. That one is crap.

  • Muttley70

    WOW! Didn’t realize so many people were that passionate about “Return to OZ” and calling it a classic is hyperbole. Did not withstand the test of time as it was forgettable.Who played Dorothy remind me again? “GhostBusters II” committed the mortal crime of not being funny. I saw that in the theater with my friend and we both couldn’t wait till it was over it just dragged on and on. The Bobby Brown soundtrack didn’t help it was an assault on the ears. DID WE REALLY NEED A CUTE BABY TO STEAL THE SHOW? That’s just lazy writing let’s throw in a cute kid or in this case a baby when the story is so weak.

  • bernardwarchal

    return to oz is fucking fantastic and so is aladdin 3

  • hotrod2001

    If you ever want to piss off a Star Wars fan, start a conversation with them about how the two Ewok Adventure movies should be a part of the original trilogy. Wilford Brimley puts on a stellar performance.

  • JD

    Who is the clown that made this list ? Return to Oz is considered a classic.

  • Magic Emperor

    I will defend Return to Oz until the day I die. I love that movie.

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