We’ve grown so accustomed to Hollywood cranking out blockbuster sequels and crafting epic trilogies that it’s easy to forget just how hit-or-miss movie sequels can be. An especially bad installment of our favorite movie series can even turn a once great franchise into something of a cinematic laughing stock. That’s why it’s best we just pretend they never happened. From movies that figuratively jumped the shark to ones that literally nuked the fridge, these shameful sequels got no love from the fans.
What has rubber nipples, BDSM inspired henchmen, and more neon body paint than a European rave? Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin. Fans of the Batman film series point to Schumacher’s 1997 movie as the moment the series jumped the shark. The campy superhero flick was so bad that its lead actor, George Clooney, personally refunded the ticket price to anyone who asked.
The long awaited fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series fell flat with fans. All the elements were in place; Harrison Ford, a rousing score from John Williams, a dangerous quest to recover an exotic archaeological treasure, but audiences agreed the end result just didn’t feel like a true Indiana Jones flick. What’s more, critics panned the overuse of CGI and outlandish stunt sequences, such as the infamous scene in which Indiana survives a nuclear blast by taking shelter in a refrigerator. There’s suspension of disbelief, and then there’s just plain nuking the fridge.