This thread was inspired by the "Creed II" thread, where I got some pushback for favoring "Rocky 5" over "Rocky 4". It made me wonder...what are some of the more unfairly maligned sequels out there? What do you think are the underrated ones? I guess remakes can count too. "Rocky 5" won't make my listing because I'm not entirely sure it would hold up if I revisited it. Maybe nostalgia was talking, or maybe I was simply a bit too pleasantly surprised by how much I didn't hate it. Either way, it's been too long since I've seen it the one time, so I won't bother defending it. But as to my real list. 1) Friday the 13th part 5: Even the most passionate fans cannot dispute that this film has some serious flaws and the creative decisions that lead to its development presumably were inspired during some deranged drug binge...But I've always felt the hate it received was a little too harsh, as even if 'the twist' was f@cking retarded, it boasts some of the most mean spirited kills of the franchise and at the time, even had the highest body count...and isn't that what we watch these movies for? 2) Tremors 2: There are two groups of people, those who only love the original film and those who love the franchise. The former view "Tremors 2" as an inferior sequel, which to be fair, is true...But I am surprised that fans of the franchise usually favor the latter sequels over this, presumably due to Burt being the protagonist. I've always thought "Tremors 2" was a lot of fun, capturing a lot of the charm of the original, even if...yes...it's inferior. 3) Beverly Hills Cop III: Admittedly, it's not that I think this is anything special as much as...well, I didn't think the first two were all that special either. I thought they were good action-comedies, whereas I thought this was merely an OK action-comedy. Yet most seem to think the movie sucked. 4) The Grandfather Part III: I REALLY don't understand the hatred surrounding this movie, other than the fact it's not a classic. It has its flaws, but I think the only critical problem it has is...it's not not particularly memorable. The first two films have all sorts of quotable lines, iconic moments and performances that became cultural phenomenons. This one doesn't, but I still think it's a solid flick. 5) The Howling 5: I understand why it's disliked...as it's a werewolf movie with very little werewolf action...But I think it functions well as an Agatha Christie-styled murder mystery that takes place in a f@cking castle. I think it's the best of the sequels. QUESTIONABLE ENTRIES Sometimes a movie was panned upon release, but audiences grew warmer towards it over time. - Psycho 2: This movie doesn't have a poor reception. It received mixed reviews and is mostly forgotten today, but I view this as the perfect sequel. It has so much of what the original has, but also does its own thing and I was taken aback by how much I loved this. - Predator 2: Do people even hate this movie anymore? Most view it as a worthy sequel, even if most agree that it's not on par with the original. - Alien 3: People hated it upon release, but after "Alien: Resurrection" and the release of a superior Producers cut, it is at least considered better than what was to come. -Jaws 3: This is a tricky one because I don't think it's very good, yet I like it anyway because I sort of grew up with it. It also plays nicely into claustrophobic fears, but I consider it questionable because it still suffers from a bit of badness. - Puppet Master Vs Demonic Toys: This movie is a piece of shit, but somehow...some way...it's still vastly superior than most of the Puppet Master sequels. Yet "fans" of the franchise...because they apparently exist...usually rank this as 'the worst'. I like to pretend they have not seen "Puppet Master X: Legacy"...or "Curse of the Puppet Master"...or "Retro Puppet Master"... I didn't count "The Predator" even though I enjoyed it because I also feel like it deserved a lot of its mauling. I also didn't count "The Last Jedi" because I understand its mixed reception.