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5 Threequels That Should Never Have Been Made

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Aug 30, 2013 | 6:00pm EDT

Remember the threequel of the old days? Where evil leprechauns, killer spiders, and bloodthirsty sharks were the main attraction? For B-movie fans, watching a threequel was about as guilty a pleasure as eating an entire tub of Ben & Jerry's. Lately, however, as Hollywood has become more and more dependent on guaranteed hits, you'd be hard pressed not to see the number 3 at least somewhere on the marquee at your local cineplex. Here's out list of five threequels that should NEVER have been made.

Austin Powers in Goldmember
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5. Terminator III Rise of the Machines

Schwarzenegger was running for Governor of California at the time of its release, and was clearly more preoccupied with dumbing his audience down with BIG, eye-popping explosions, rather than telling a good story.

4. Matrix Revolutions

Released six months after the second installment of The Matrix Trilogy, Matrix Revolutions felt rushed and at times forced, adding a disappointing button to what could have been one of the best sci-fi franchises of all time.

3. Rambo III

Loaded with gruesome killings, fiery explosions, and more blood than a slaughterhouse, Rambo III definitely had its share of brazen acts of violence, but not much else.

2. Austin Powers in Goldmember

Mike Myers basically rehashed the same old jokes from the first two movies, then cast Michael Caine as his father – which is probably the exact way he pitched Goldmember to studio execs.

1. The Godfather: Part III

How do you improve upon two of the finest films ever made? Well, YOU DON'T, which is why The Godfather: Part III never had a chance.

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