Worst to First: Ranking the Sequels of 1988
For the last couple of weeks, we have talking about some of the best movies 1988 had to offer. But before you find yourself waxing nostalgic about how they don’t make ’em like they used to, here’s a little reminder that Hollywood made just as much crap thirty years ago as they do today. If you’re looking for bad movies, sequels are usually a pretty good bet. As it turns out, 1988 was one of the worst years for sequels I have ever seen.
19. Caddyshack II
Rotten Tomato Score: 4%
Domestic Gross: $11,798,302
Place in Franchise: 2 of 2
Years Since Last Movie: 8
Actors Replaced: Just Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield and Ted Knight but who would miss those guys when you’ve got Dan Aykroyd, Jackie Mason and Robert Stack?
Summary: This is a case of a studio relentlessly pursuing a sequel to a hit movie that should have been a one-and-done. The original Caddyshack was cowritten and directed by Harold Ramis who had no interest in making a follow-up. Eventually, Ramis relented when Warner Brothers pitched the idea of centering the movie on Rodney Dangerfield’s character. Ramis had a relationship with Dangerfield from the first movie and Back to School which he cowrote and produced. According to Ramis:
Rodney said, ‘Come on, do it.’ Then the classic argument came up which says that if you don’t do it, someone will, and it will be really bad. So I worked on a script with my partner Peter Torokvei, consulting with Rodney all the time. Then Rodney got into a fight with the studio over his contract and backed out.
When Dangerfield pulled out, Ramis quit and Warner Brothers fired their director-of-choice, Alan Metter (the director of Back to School). Other writers were brought in to finish the script and Allan Arkush, the director of beloved classics like Heartbeeps and Get Crazy, was brought in to direct. Warner Brothers actually sued Dangerfield for dropping out of the picture. They were seeking a court injunction to prevent him from appearing in other movies until the suit was settled.
They were the lucky ones. Chevy Chase, the only actor from the original movie to return for the sequel, later admitted he regretted being talked into it. Ramis tried to have his name removed from Caddyshack II, but the studio was worried it would hurt the movie if he disassociated from it. The sequel was nominated for four Golden Raspberry awards of which it won two including Worst Supporting Actor for Aykroyd.
Objectively, Caddyshack II is a bad movie. But if you’re a fan of the original, the sequel is a sacrilege. This list includes a lot of lousy follow-ups to movies that were not that good to begin with. But Caddyshack was a legitimately funny movie. The drop in quality is steep!
Posted on January 16, 2018, in Movies, sequels, Worst to First and tagged "Crocodile" Dundee, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Arthur, Caddyshack, Cocoon, Dirty Harry, Friday the 13th, Halloween, Hellraiser, Missing in Action, Police Academy, Poltergeist, Rambo, Short Circuit. Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.