10 Terrible Movies That Buried Great Horror Franchises

10 Terrible Movies That Buried Great Horror Franchises
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Not every sequel is justified. Some, thankfully, add extra context to the movies they're based on, but sometimes they feel unnecessary, like the only intention was to further monetize the successful IP.

And in worst cases, bad sequels were able to kill the fame that the original work had — and it happened with these 10 horror franchises.

Making a sequel feels like someone didn't put much thought into creating something original and instead wanted to swiftly generate some extra audience by using a widely known name.

Sometimes it works, but in these cases, the sequels flopped so hard that they tainted the beauty of the first work in the line and completely destroyed the franchises. They were so disastrous and unoriginal, milking the tried and true ideas, that people just simply stopped caring about anything bearing that name, remembering how much disappointment the last installment brought them, and no further continuation, even with a different team behind it, helped.

The only way to recover from that is to fully reboot the franchise, to deal with the legacy of the first movie very carefully, to finely navigate that line between nods to nostalgia and newness. And sometimes even that won't help.

Here are all the films mentioned here: Jaws 3-D (1983), A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989), Hostel: Part III (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002), I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006), Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Alien Resurrection (1997), Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers (1989).