23 Movie Sequels That Are Actually Better Than the Original

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While trying to rescue the Emerald City, Dorothy meets a new posse of weirdos including a vocal chicken named Bellina; Tik-Tok, a talking wind-up robot; and Jack, a giant stick figure with a jack-o-lantern for a head.  If you’ve seen the film, you’re probably still having nightmares about the evil Princess Mombi and her collection of interchangeable heads, her suggestion that she’d like to add Dorothy’s severed head to her rotation, and her maniacal shrieking band of henchmen the Wheelers, which make the Wicked Witch of the West’s flying monkeys look like Spongebob.

The sequel picks up with Whoopi Goldberg, a. k. a.  Sister Mary Clarence, and stars a young Lauryn Hill (we could stop the tweet right there).  Goldberg reprises her role as a Vegas singer who pretends to be a nun as she helps a class of unenthused high schoolers win a singing competition to save their school.  The musical numbers are a heavenly meld of R&B and gospel (“His Eye Is on the Sparrow” will stay with you for life and “Oh, Happy Day" will make you believe there are good things in the world).

That's right: Scary Movie has not one but two sequels that far surpass its original. (We don't talk about Scary Movie 4 or 5. ) This time around, Cindy is trapped in a hilarious, horrifying hybrid of The Ring and Signs.

The first film captures the naïveté and whimsy of young love, while the second reckons with the aftermath of life choices (both good and bad).

The sequel picks up three years later with Mary as a precocious five-year-old and Sylvia set to marry pompous movie director, Edward, and create a new life for him and Mary in the English countryside.

What this movie does better than the original is it leans into the campiness of it all—the film literally begins at the moment of conception and follows the journey of a sperm searching for an egg to fertilize. Yup.

That scene where Brenda pranks Cindy with all those fake-out scares? Where was her Oscar?!  The power of the Shrek franchise is that the sequel somehow managed to appeal equally to adults and kids alike (the soundtrack slaps, BTW).  Shrek 2 has the secret sauce: fun cameos from strong secondary characters (Puss in Boots and Donkey were mainstays in this film), combined with truly unexpected feats of animated cinematography.

She bodied the infamous role of Brenda in the Scary Movie franchise, but her stand-out reprisal in Scary Movie 2 is filled with so many one-liners, it’s hard not to talk back to the screen.

Add in a score by James Newton Howard and the hit song “Waiting for a Star to Fall," and it’s the kind of classic movie you still love years later.

In the original hit 1987 comedy Three Men and a Baby, three bachelors become surrogate parents overnight when baby Mary is left at their doorstep (long story, but mother Sylvia, played by Nancy Travis, was going through a hell of a time).

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