Sequels are a risky business. When they're done right, you get 'The Godfather Part II,' 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Aliens,' movies that many will argue surpass the seminal works that precede them.

When they're done wrong? You get the kind of movies that populate this list.

From the unnecessary to the ill-advised to the downright insulting, we present our picks for the Top 10 Worst Sequels (and Prequels) of 2009, where serial killers are slumming it with giant robots and your retinas will be fried by superfluous special effects. Read on ... if you dare. Sequels are a risky business. When they're done right, you get 'The Godfather Part II,' 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Aliens,' movies that many will argue surpass the seminal works that precede them.

When they're done wrong? You get the kind of movies that populate this list.

From the unnecessary to the ill-advised to the downright insulting, we present our picks for the Top 10 Worst Sequels (and Prequels) of 2009, where serial killers are slumming it with giant robots and your retinas will be fried by superfluous special effects. Read on ... if you dare.


10. 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian'
Even a star-studded cast and a souped-up special effects budget can't rescue this noisy sequel from mediocrity. Anyone under the age of 8 might enjoy the bumbling attempts at comedy and Robin Williams' distracting facial hair, but hapless adult chaperones are liable to walk away from a viewing feeling like they've been chewed out by a gigantic skeletal T-Rex.



9. 'Angels and Demons'
A prequel masquerading as a sequel -- since the novel on which it was based was set before the events of 'The Da Vinci Code' -- 'Angels and Demons' never quite captures the gravitas of its namesake, nor the adrenaline of the blockbuster movie that preceded it. With a bloated, self-indulgent running time and a plot that never quite maintains its momentum, 'Angels' ends up closer to Vatican't than Vatican. (See what we did there?)



8. 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen'
We know it's the biggest movie of the year, but that doesn't stop 'Revenge of the Fallen' from being a big pile of flaming scrap metal. Yes, Bumblebee is still adorable and Optimus Prime still kicks ass, but action-king Michael Bay jettisons all semblance of coherent plot in favor of unrelenting effects and noise. Our ears were still ringing the next day, long after we'd forgotten what the movie was about.



7. 'Saw VI'
The ever-churning 'Saw' machine just keeps on rolling, even with the torture-porn era thankfully winding down. Critics considered 'VI' a step up from the previous entries in the franchise thanks to a surprisingly inventive plot twist that made slightly more sense than the last few outings, but inventive kills and gratuitous gore aren't justification enough for dragging out a series that should've ended at one.



6. 'Fast and Furious'
Hands down the award-winner for Least Imaginative Sequel Title (pretty much the only accolade it's likely to win), 'Fast and Furious' is undoubtedly less terrible than 'Tokyo Drift,' and in reuniting the stars of the original, it holds a certain sense of nostalgia for loyal fans. Unfortunate then that Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster et al could be tempted back into the driver's seats for such an incoherent, hackneyed mess. The 'Fast and the Furious' series has never been known for making much sense, but with lines that are inadvertently hilarious and Diesel's typically robotic acting, the fourth entry in the franchise fails to get our motors running.



5. 'Terminator: Salvation'
It's all downhill after James Cameron. With the genre-defining original and the sequel that defied expectations, the 'Terminator' franchise should've entered into the pantheon of sci-fi untouchables -- but Hollywood got in the way. What audiences were expecting with attempt number four was a shot of adrenaline to the heart of a comatose franchise (Batman as John Connor?!); what they got was a movie that bore little resemblance to anything that came before it in tone or heart. And who could focus on the limp story when the behind-the-scenes antics were so much more compelling? Eight words that will forever live in infamy: "I want you off the set, you p***k!" Thank you for that, Christian Bale.



4. 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine'
After stealing the spotlight in all three 'X'-movies, the buzz for a Wolverine-centric spin-off had been surrounding Hugh Jackman since the Marvel mutant first sliced his way on-screen in 1998. With expectations this high and notoriously picky comics fans to satisfy, the odds were always stacked against Jackman and director Gavin Hood ('Tsotsi'), but they didn't have to make it so easy for us to hate it. From choosing to declaw Logan with a trite, romantic backstory to raising fans' ire with the spectacular mishandling of Deadpool, (Ryan Reynolds), 'Wolverine' stumbled from the get-go, retreading a mutant super-soldier plot that was done far better in 'X2: X-Men United.'



3. 'Halloween II'
A shambolic and slovenly sequel to an already unnecessary remake, 'Halloween 2' has very little going for it; from Rob Zombie's simplistic stabs at Freudian symbolism to the uncomfortable and superfluous violence, to the "heroine" who seems to bear far too much resemblance to Stephanie Pratt for comfort (shudder), even the ads made us want to gouge our eardrums out to spare us from the shrillness. The latest in a long line of arguments for why Hollywood should start cultivating original ideas again instead of culling from the classics.



2. 'The Final Destination'
Anyone who had the misfortune of paying hard-earned cash to watch the fourth in the 'Final Destination' franchise already knows how laughably dire it is -- even the gimmicky 3D element seems dull. From the self-aware, cookie-cutter dialogue to the by-the-numbers conformity to every tired cliché in the horror playbook, 'The Final Destination' had most audience members envying those hapless rednecks who got splattered in the predictable opening set-up; at least they didn't have to sit through the rest of the threadbare plot. It does win points for the most inventive use of a swimming pool drain in the history of cinema, though.



1. 'The Pink Panther 2'
Worst. Idea. Ever. If you ever see it in a rental store's bargain bin (because where else would you see it?), make sure that they pay you to take it off their hands. Peter Sellers must be rolling (with laughter) in his grave at the implication that this sequel or its predecessor bear any resemblance to the comedic genius of the original.