Top 10 Fourth Movies That Don’t Completely Suck

by Eric Melin on April 3, 2012

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… and a bunch that suck really bad.

This weekend sees the release of American Reunion, the fourth movie in the American Pie series — as long as you don’t count the four straight-to-video movies released with a similar logo and the American Pie Presents ”stamp of quality.”

movie-poster-american-reunion-2012Does anyone remember American Pie Presents: Band Camp, American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile, American Pie Presents: Beta House, or American Pie Presents: The Book of Love? No?

Let’s be frank. The track record of good fourth movies in a franchise isn’t good.

To prove this point, we have two Top 10s on this subject and over 50% of each of them (which rank the best, or at least the ones that didn’t suck too terribly bad), are not movies anyone can really truly stand behind.

For your pleasure:

2009′s Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in  Franchise

2011′s Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in a Franchise.

Here’s a brief list of the ones that suck really bad:

The Next Karate Kid

superman-4-movie-posterSuperman 4: The Quest for Peace

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Alien Resurrection

Paranormal Activity 4 (wait, this isn’t out til October…sorry.)

Shrek Forever After

Underworld Awakening

Lethal Weapon 4

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Terminator Salvation

Jaws-4-movie-posterBatman and Robin

Jaws: The Revenge

Fast & Furious

The Exorcist: The Beginning

Madea Goes to Jail

Hannibal Rising

What did we miss that’s not already on one of those other two lists?

2009′s Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in  Franchise

2011′s Top 10 Best Fourth Movies in a Franchise


Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jon Sholly April 3, 2012 at 10:01 am

I dunno, does Alien Resurrection really “suck really bad?” I’d argue it’s got some charm here and there. Maybe it only “sucks.”


2 Eric Melin April 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

OK, I’d have to agree with you there…both Alien 3 and 4 were directed by capable dudes working with next to nothing…


3 Will April 3, 2012 at 11:18 am

I dunno if I’d consider Terminator Salvation as suck really bad…I mean compare it to the 3rd one…ugh…


4 Eric Melin April 3, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I thought “Rise of the Machines” was laughable, but “Terminator Salvation” was so bad it wasn’t even laughable…total self-serious, self-important slog. I really hated it. Here’s a link to our video review of it


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