Sequels – Successful and Unsuccessful: Star Trek II and Caddyshack II

Two of 2014's biggest films so far have been sequels. This week, News 4 This Morning is taking a look back at some of the most successful films that follow up on a predecessor, and some of the films that have a less stellar reputation as a sequel.

Star Trek was a popular science fiction television series from the 1960s that was brought to the big screen first with Star Trek: The Motion Picture. That film had mixed reviews and many production and budget issues. In 1982, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan was released. Despite a smaller budget and new writers, the film was a massive hit with new viewers, Star Trek fans, and critics alike. The film followed up on the original series episode “Space Seed” with the return of the genetically-enhanced supervillain, Khan. The movie was noted for its space battles, characters, surprising twists, musical score and more. Many Star Trek fans to this day consider it one of Star Trek's finest outings.

The comedy film Caddyshack featured a variety of famous comedians from Rodney Dangerfield to Bill Murray and was a hit with audiences, along with being the first feature film of acclaimed writer and director Harold Ramis. Eight years after the original, a sequel was made. Although the sequel was originally the idea of Rodney Dangerfield, he backed out, and the only returning cast member was Chevy Chase. The 1988 sequel was a box office flop, making just a little more than half its budget. Critics savaged the film as well, considering it one of the worst sequels to be made.


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