The Sh– To Just Sh–ty… Films Series That (Thankfully) Stopped At Two

Should have opted for "Airplane Again Too!"

With The Hangover 2 soon being downloaded on your home computer arriving at your local cinema, I started thinking about other films that have only had one sequel.

Blame it on public desire; blame it on the cast a crew’s fondness for one another; blame it on studio greed; Blame It on Rio.  When certain movies do so surprisingly well sequels are an inevitability.  But most times, two is one too many.

Let’s take a look at films from the 80’s (and late 70’s and early 90’s) where sequelling stopped at two.  These got out of the game while the getting was still good, probably because the sequels were… not that good:

  • Airplane! / Airplane II: The Sequel
  • American Graffiti / More American Graffiti
  • An American Werewolf in London / An American Werewolf in Paris
  • Arthur / Arthur 2: On the Rocks
  • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure / Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey
  • The Blue Lagoon / Return to the Blue Lagoon
  • Breakin’ / Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Caddyshack / Caddyshack II
  • Cocoon / Cocoon: The Return
  • Creepshow / Creepshow 2
  • Fletch / Fletch Lives
  • The Fly / The Fly II
  • 48 Hours / Another 48 Hours
  • Fright Night / Fright Night Part II
  • F/X / F/X 2: The Deadly Art of Illusion
  • Grease / Grease 2
  • Gremlins / Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Ghostbusters / Ghostbusters 2
  • Mannequin / Mannequin 2: On the Move
  • Romancing the Stone / Jewel of the Nile
  • Saturday Night Fever / Staying Alive
  • Saturday the 14th / Saturday the 14th Strikes Back
  • Short Circuit / Short Circuit 2
  • Stakeout / Another Stakeout
  • The Sting / The Sting II
  • Teen Wolf / Teen Wolf Too
  • Three Men and a Baby / Three Men and a Little Lady
  • Weekend at Bernie’s / Weekend at Bernie’s II
  • Wayne’s World / Wayne’s World 2
  • Young Guns / Young Guns 2
  • Zapped! / Zapped Again!

Beyond that time period, it doesn’t seem there were a lot of other movies that stopped at two movies.  Or were there?

(Continued after the jump)

  • Analyze This / Analyze That
  • Are We There Yet? / Are We Done Yet?
  • Bad Boys / Bad Boys II
  • Basic Instinct / Basic Instinct 2
  • Before Sunrise / Before Sunset
  • The Blair Witch Project / Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
  • The Boondock Saints / The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day
  • Bridget Jones’ Diary / Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
  • Bruce Almighty / Evan Almighty
  • Cats & Dogs / Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
  • Charlie’s Angels / Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
  • Cheaper by the Dozen / Cheaper by the Dozen 2
  • City Slickers / City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold
  • Crank / Crank 2: High Voltage
  • The Da Vinci Code / Angels & Demons
  • Daddy Day Care / Daddy Day Camp
  • Dumb and Dumber / Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd
  • Father of the Bride / Father of the Bride Part II
  • Garfield / Garfield: A Tale of Two Kitties
  • Grumpy Old Men / Grumpier Old Men
  • Hot Shots! / Hot Shots! Part Deux
  • House of 1000 Corpses / The Devil’s Rejects
  • Inspector Gadget / Inspector Gadget 2
  • Iron Man / Iron Man 2
  • Jeepers Creepers / Jeepers Creepers 2
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1 / Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Kiss the Girls / Along Came a Spider
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider / Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life
  • The Lawnmower Man / Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
  • Legally Blonde / Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
  • Madagascar / Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • The Mask / Son of the Mask
  • Men in Black / Men in Black II
  • Miss Congeniality / Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
  • Mortal Kombat / Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
  • My Girl / My Girl 2
  • National Treasure / National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Night at the Museum / Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
  • The Nutty Professor / The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps
  • Pitch Black / The Chronicles of Riddick
  • The Princess Diaries / The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • The Ring / The Ring Two
  • Sex and the City / Sex and the City 2
  • Shanghai Noon / Shanghai Knights
  • Sister Act / Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
  • The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants / The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2
  • Speed / Speed 2: Cruise Control
  • 28 Days Later / 28 Weeks Later
  • Under Siege / Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
  • The Whole Nine Yards / The Whole Ten Yards
  • The X-Files / The X-Files: I Want to Believe
  • xXx / xXx: State of the Union

And you can’t forget the films with big gaps between entries:

  • The Blues Brothers / Blues Brothers 2000
  • Carrie / The Rage: Carrie 2
  • Chinatown / The Two Jakes
  • Dirty Dancing / Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
  • Fantasia / Fantasia 2000
  • The Last Picture Show / Texasville
  • The Rescuers / The Rescuers Down Under
  • Tron / Tron 2
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey / 2010: The Year We Make Contact
  • Wall Street / Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
  • The Wizard of Oz / Return to Oz

I think the most interesting find in doing this time-consuming list is that the last film to use the phrasing Part II was Father of the Bride’s sequel.  And that’s… not that good.

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