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10 Bad Movie Prequels—-Even Worse Than “Dumb and Dumberer”


10 Worst Prequels Of All Time

The world sure got excited over the new trailer to Dumb and Dumber To yesterday–but you know what’s getting forgotten amongst the hype? That would be 2003’s Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd. You can be pretty sure that the movie studio likes it that way, too. Derek Richardson and Eric Christian Olsen did an admirable job of trying to pass as young versions of Jeff Daniels and Jim Carrey, but the movie really fizzled. The original Dumberer trailer is still out there, so check it out to really appreciate why.

And yet Dumb and Dumberer isn’t the worst prequel ever made. In fact, there are plenty of horrible prequels that have been churned up over the years. It’s not easy to maintain a cinematic franchise, you know. Sometimes a filmmaker just has to risk going into prequel territory. Check out the Bottom Ten examples of prequels that should’ve been avoided–with bonus fun facts of the difference in the prequel’s iMDB scores and the original films…

National Lampoon’s Van Wilder: Freshman Year (2009) Score: 1.2

What would this list be without a National Lampoon flop? This less-than-epic prequel is so terrible that it was released straight to DVD–and offers the sight of Jonathan Bennett in the ultimate thankless role of being a Ryan Reynolds replacement…

The Scorpion King 2: Rise of a Warrior (2008) Score: 1.7

Another straight-to-DVD flop, and a prequel to The Scorpion King (2002), which was technically a prequel to 2001’s The Mummy Returns. Very little redemption here, despite what the trailer promises–plus Michael Capon trying to convince the audience that he’ll grow up to be Dwayne Johnson someday…

The Thing (2011) Score: 1.9

This prequel tried to pass itself off as a remake with a twist. The twist is that it’s a crappy remake made for people who didn’t love the 1983 take on The Thing enough to recognize that the movie was going to limp up to an alleged big finish that blurred into the opening of John Carpenter’s classic ’80s film….

Tremors 4: The Legend Begins (2004) Score: 1.9

The first two Tremors sequels couldn’t conjure up Kevin Bacon, and fans of the original surprise hit from 1990 eventually got stuck with this look at how the giant man-eating earthworms (or whatever) originally terrorized the Wild Wild West…

Romy and Michele: In the Beginning (2005) Score: 2.0

The only funny thing about this film is that Romy is Michele and Michele is Romy! If you’ve seen the original, you would easily assume that Katherine Heigl is Michele and Alex Breckenridge is Romy–however, such is not the case! So that’s established in the first five minutes, and then the high point is watching a young Katherine Heigl. There’s a reason this script ended up as a TV-movie….

Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace (1999) Score: 2.1

We originally wanted to include this one just to piss people off–but then we checked the iMDB rating, and Phantom Menace really doesn’t get much more respect than the other losers on this list. Then the office got into an argument about including Prometheus instead, but Phantom Menace is a lot worse…

Hannibal Rising (2007) Score: 2.4

This film gives one of American cinema’s most iconic serial killers an insultingly generic murderer background story . You don’t get any insight into Hannibal Lecter. You mostly learn why nobody got upset over the idea of a Hannibal television series, because it’s not like things could get worse for the character. This one will make you feel a lot better about the Red Dragon film from 2002, which was both a prequel and remake…

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days (1979) Score: 2.6

This pioneering prequel had the potential to give us insight into some of America’s most iconic characters. Instead, this attempt at continuing the box-office draw of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid couldn’t even muster up a proper plot. We’d laugh about how it’s a forgotten film, but we’re not happy with how few folks remember  the 1969 original…

Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) Score: 2.6

This television pilot was deemed too sexy for the small screen–and we’re happy to report that nobody was exaggerating there. The bad news is that this movie went straight to VHS with a plot that didn’t make any sense at all as a prequel to the classic Cruel Intentions of 1999 classic. But if you’re looking for a compilation of PG-13 sex scenes–hey, check it out!

Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) Score: 2.9

Horror films are notoriously stretched out into horrendous series of prequels and sequels–and that’s even true for the most iconic horror film of all time. The Exorcist made its original impact with big religious themes that just get butchered in this totally unnecessary film. It’s a lot more fun to learn about how this crappy prequel is almost a remake in itself, after a second director was brought in to reshoot 90% of the footage to try and salvage something…

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