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Underrated Sequels/Prequels

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What are some sequels and prequels you feel are underrated and either get an undeserved negative reception or not enough recognition or credit? They don't have to be as good or better than the originals, just films you feel deserve a better reputation than what others typically make it out to be.

Some I find are underrated and solid films:

Ghostbusters II

Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom

Predator 2

Iron Man 2

RoboCop 2

Die Hard 2

Jaws 2

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In other words, you mean "Films that would be seen as near perfect classics on their own merits, if they weren't sequels to......". In that respect the list you posted is bang on (Not sure about IM2 though).

and in that vein...

ST3: The Search For Spock

Day Of The Dead

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I mean generally sequels that get a lot of flack or generally go unnoticed. A lot of the time you get sequels that are overshadowed by the originals, which in some instances is understandable since the originals have the advantage of being fresh, but the sequel is still a good movie in it's own right that should get more props.

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Underrated films that I enjoy as much as (and sometimes more then) the original. All of these films got some bad press, and disappointed a fair amount of moviegoers'. 

The Exorcist III

The Two Jakes

The Trial of Billy Jack

2010 The Year We Make Contact

More American Graffiti

French Connection II

The Four Musketeers*

*did not get bad reviews, but did cause a great deal of controversy.

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FanFiltration said:

Underrated films that I enjoy as much as (and sometimes more then) the original. All of these films got some bad press, and disappointed a fair amount of moviegoers'. 

The Exorcist III

The Two Jakes

The Trial of Billy Jack

2010 The Year We Make Contact

More American Graffiti

French Connection II

The Four Musketeers*

*did not get bad reviews, but did cause a great deal of controversy.

Fun fact: the guy who plays Cindy Williams' brother in More American Graffiti (Will Seltzer) was the runner-up for the role of Luke Skywalker.

On topic: totally agree with Star Trek III being underrated.

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Shock Treatment. This may not be anywhere near as great as Rocky Horror Picture Show but it's fun and twisted. I listen to this soundtrack maybe as often as RHPS.

Wayne's World 2. I can see how it gets hate for being too wacky and relying more on bit-jokes (Jurassic Park, fight sequence). But man does it have some really brilliant moments (traveling to London montage, "Can I still be Garth?").

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Ghostbusters 2 is the worst.  The OP has vastly overrated it.

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge

It's not a good movie by any means, but I just don't understand the hate for it; IMO, it's the only non-Langenkamp entry in the series which isn't completely abysmal.

Exorcist II: The Heretic

Again, not a great movie, but I don't feel the hatred it's received is warranted. Of course, I never liked the first film, anyway, and I am a fan of bizarre, surreal films, so I guess what the general audience loathes about this film either doesn't faze me or even appeals to me.

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

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TV's Frink said:

Ghostbusters 2 is the worst.  The OP has vastly overrated it.

This.

I consider those films listed to range from average to terrible. I do enjoy some of them but I don't think that alone makes them underrated at all.

Movies like Predator 2 and Die Hard 2 definitely didn't go under the radar, but now I kinda wish they had.

I would suggest Primer and Brick. Interesting films, Both with great reviews that people just don't seem to be aware of.

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Eh, I think Ghostbusters II's good for what it is -- a carbon copy of the original. Sure, it could have been far better, but it also could have been far worse -- like Blues Brothers 2000.

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Yeah but you know what's better? Just watching the first Ghostbusters :)

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I think Ghostbusters 2 is great.  Far from being a cheap knockoff of the original, it is well written and takes the story in an interesting and unexpected direction.  There's a lot to love about it: the funny parts are just as funny as the first film (possibly even more so), the scary parts are scarier, and the theme of stealing the baby gives it a dramatic weight the first movie lacked.  Add to that a significant increase in the quality of both special effects and audio mixing compared to the first movie, and it adds up to be a compelling and highly watchable film in its own right.

I've enjoyed Ghostbusters 2 for many years, and still do.  I had no idea other people didn't feel the same way until I looked it up online a few years ago and found a plethora of negativity directed towards it, which baffles me greatly.  I suspect that the increased focus of the script on realistic character interactions and dramatic storytelling is, for many, irreconcilably at odds with the tone of the first movie, which never took itself seriously for a minute.  This is perhaps understandable, but ultimately missing the point.

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ST9: Insurrection

This low-key movie suffered from following the full-on action/horror of ST8 back in the day (My own opinion of it was luke warm originally). Frakes went the opposit way and made a film all about character and emotion (With hilarious comedy moments). When I watch this again now, it stands up with the best of the Kirk&Co films, also being strongly about family. Perhaps in it's small way it's the best NG movie.

Casino

As close to a sequel as a film can get without being one. Easily as good as 'Goodfellas' for me and perhaps a shade better.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

Far better than the first. It's funnier, more creative, crazier, chock full of pop-culture gags and ends with that crowd pleasing concert.

Gremlins II: The New Batch

After all the horror thrills of the first movie have faded it's the wicked corporate/media satire of the sequel, that has stood the test of time.

Army Of Darkness

I know this has many fans but for me it's so massively superior to the first two in every respect, that it feels underrated.

The Karate Kid, Part II

Far more heartfelt and emotional than the first, looking back on Mr Miyagi's sad past. The Tea ceremony scene is simply beautiful.

Short Circuit 2

I probably go on about this one but wow it's a near perfect romantic comedy for me. Joy on celluloid.

Hot Shots! Part Deux

Ludicrously silly with the jokes flying in all directions after they wore out most of the Top Gun gags in the first one but so good.

Er, think that's about all I can think of.

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The moral of Star Trek insurrection was that genocide is okay and as long as you are white and amish,that was my and I think most people's problem with the film.

That and the fact that they stole a plan from Bart Simpson and executed it worse then he did.

If you want to understand why people don't like this movie then watch this.  You don't have to agree with it or even stop liking the film but I think it should be noted that people are not just disliking this film just because they want to dislike it.  I saw it in theaters and I wanted to like it,but I couldn't and this video does a a really good job of explaining why.  Like I said you can still think it's the best movie and that is fine but if you have any interest in understanding why people like me don't like the movie this is your best chance of understanding.

http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/star-trek-insurrection-part-1-review-5309299

Oh but i do agree Gremlins 2 is a hugely underrated movie.

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hairy_hen said:

I think Ghostbusters 2 is great.  Far from being a cheap knockoff of the original, it is well written and takes the story in an interesting and unexpected direction.  There's a lot to love about it: the funny parts are just as funny as the first film (possibly even more so), the scary parts are scarier, and the theme of stealing the baby gives it a dramatic weight the first movie lacked.  Add to that a significant increase in the quality of both special effects and audio mixing compared to the first movie, and it adds up to be a compelling and highly watchable film in its own right.

I've enjoyed Ghostbusters 2 for many years, and still do.  I had no idea other people didn't feel the same way until I looked it up online a few years ago and found a plethora of negativity directed towards it, which baffles me greatly.  I suspect that the increased focus of the script on realistic character interactions and dramatic storytelling is, for many, irreconcilably at odds with the tone of the first movie, which never took itself seriously for a minute.  This is perhaps understandable, but ultimately missing the point.

 Can someone translate this for me?  I know the words are in English, but none of them seem to fit together in any coherent way.

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To understand it, you first must watch Eraserhead backwards while doing jumping jacks upside down. As I know you're unwilling to watch any more Lynch films, however, I'm afraid you're just going to have to remain in the dark on this one.

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I haven't seen Ghostbusters II since I was a kid, and while I remember not liking it as much as the first, I can't remember what there was about it that inspired the hatred it gets on the web. So I'll (cautiously) call that underrated.

I think all of the Indiana Jones sequels (prequel if that's what you consider TOD) are underrated.

The first three Die Hard sequels are all underrated to some extent.

Star Trek III

Spider-man 3 and X-Men: The Last Stand are not as worthless as some would have you believe.

The Matrix sequels do not rank as two of the worst films of all time.

Terminator 3 and Salvation have a number of redeeming qualities.

The Star Wars prequels are much better than their reputation suggests (especially ROTS).

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Ryan McAvoy said:

Short Circuit 2

I probably go on about this one but wow it's a near perfect romantic comedy for me. Joy on celluloid.

 YES! I didn't think anyone else would list this one! It's one of my favorite films of all time. =D

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DrCrowTStarwars said:

The moral of Star Trek insurrection was that genocide is okay and as long as you are white and amish

Please explain. I have literaly no idea what this sentence means.

DrCrowTStarwars said:

If you want to understand why people don't like this movie then watch this. 

http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/star-trek-insurrection-part-1-review-5309299

Uh, sorry but what a d*ck. He basically spent the whole first half of the video telling us why he presumably hates JRR Tolkien, while revealing his utter lack of knowledge about the past, farming and construction etc. If you're that dumb don't go on the internet and show everybody while being unrelentingly sarcastic and mean spirited. It just made me angry, there was not a single valid criticism in the whole video. Made me really appreciate the work CinemaSins puts in all the more.

Oh god that was only part 1 of 4 :-(

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Really so the heroes in this movie disagreed with other people about how to live and instead of saying live and let live they forced them off of the planet when they knew this would result in a slow and painful death and you don't see that as genocide?  All of the heroes are the most perfectly white people I have ever seen on a movie screen and you don't see a problem with that? Also back in TNG when it was nonwhite people who needed to be relocated for the greater good Picard was fine with it.

Oh and you really don't see anything wrong with a people who send people to die for the horrid crime of wanting to use technology while they use advanced tools and wear clothes that could only be produced by technology? Oh and as someone who has lived my whole live in farming country let me tell you there is no way to keep things that clean and white even with technology,so they have to be using some advanced form to keep their homes and clothes clean and yet they get to preach at people.  Also they refuse to use technology because it is wrong but then they are fine with the crew of the enterprise using it to save them. Again so it's okay to let others fight for you while preaching that fighting and technology is wrong?  This is really okay and you don't think having a problem with this type of thinking is a valid view point.  Also you see to be saying for the record that this is the only perfect film ever made. Even Citizen Kane had flaws but since you have said it is wrong to be critical of this film you are in fact stating it is perfect.

Also since you didn't watch the whole video you can't judge,at least I watched the whole movie and read your whole comment.  Also SF debris may be the smartest sci-fi critic out there and you are saying not one issue he brought up could be an issue?  Seems like you have a blind worship of this movie.  You want to get down to the nitty gritty with no set ups or jokes(Because he does comedic reviews)then take a look at this,it's not from SF Debris but I warn you there are jokes and it addresses the same issues and is a little snarky. Oh and to be clear I don't always agree with SF Debris(For instance he hates some Doctor Who stories I love) but I always leave his reviews understanding and respecting why he feels that way and I get a good laugh so i can't really ask for more for something that is free to view on the internet.

http://blip.tv/nostalgiacritic/nostalgia-critic-star-trek-insurrection-5941890

Oh and if you are interested here is what I see as SF debris' mission statement.

http://www.bookgallery.co.il/sfdebris/44_VOY_832_Threshold_(Intro).avi

Sorry it's only a download link but it was the only copy of this video I could find on the web and I think it best explains why i watch SF debris and why I am trying to understand your view point.  Also i think this next link says better then I did why I have the problems that I did. It gets right to the heart of the problem of this movie.  it's a message movie and the message just doesn't work for most people and that is why we have a problem with it. I am sorry for all the links but I am just really bad at explaining my point of view in print without my meds.  if I could post my own videos addressing this I would but I just have to settle for using videos that explain it better then I can at the moment,sorry.

http://blip.tv/sf-debris-opinionated-reviews/star-trek-insurrection-part-3-review-5306564

Please note I didn't try to change how you thought about this film or say you were wrong for enjoying it. The world would be a very boring place if we all liked the same things,but I at least try to understand other people's view points and that is what I am trying to do here but so far your views have not been explained so i can just do my best to explain mine in my own worthless rambling way. I am not trying to force you to hate anything or like anything.  I was just explaining why some people had a problem with that and your response is not to explain why the film is good but to attack those who don't like it and say their views are not valid.  I am not saying that your views are not valid or that you have to hate the film,just that I don't understand your views as you have explained them and your seeming personal hatred of anyone who says this film may have a flaw or two in it.

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Oh and here is my list of films that I like and no one else seems to.  I can understand why these movies are not well loved and that in some cases they are extremely stupid and those views are valid but I enjoy them for some reason.

Star trek V

Star Trek Generations

Star Trek III

The Mummy films

Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Gremlins 2

Dragnet

Quantum of Solace

ID4

Moonraker

Fantastic 4

Fantastic 4 2

Army of Darkness 

I am sure there are more I will think of latter,I have awful taste in films:)