THE NINE LEVELS OF HELL (AS APPLIED TO UNDERWHELMING THIRD ENTRIES IN MOVIE FRANCHISES)
To qualify for this list, a third movie in a trilogy must fit these qualifications:
1.) It must suck. Therefore, Back To The Future III, for example, doesn’t qualify.
2.) It must be a worse movie than its two predecessors. If Army of Darkness were a bad movie, hypothetically speaking, it wouldn’t qualify, because the original Evil Dead is pretty bad.
3.) Its two predecessors must at least have been okay, and preferably good (although it’s permissible for the first to be better than the second). This knocks out, for example, Austin Powers: Goldmember, because the second Austin Powers movie is just unwatchable crap. (If you liked it, tough noogies. My list.)
4.) Its two predecessors must have been somewhat notable. This cuts out most horror movie trilogies, which are mostly boringly bad and of a generally mediocre quality throughout.
FIRST LEVEL: Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Rocky III, Rambo III, Lethal Weapon 3, Max Max: Beyond Thunderdome
SECOND LEVEL: Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation, X3: The Last Stand, Friday After Next, Spy Kids 3D
THIRD LEVEL: American Wedding, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, The Naked Gun 33 1/3rd
FOURTH LEVEL: Alien 3, The Matrix Revolutions, Blade: Trinity, Major League: Back To The Minors
FIFTH LEVEL: Spider-Man III, The Godfather Part III, Speed Zone!, Scream 3
SIXTH LEVEL: Batman Forever, Scary Movie III, Hellraiser 3: Hell On Earth, The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift
SEVENTH LEVEL: Beverly Hills Cop III, The Bad News Bears Go To Japan, Crocodile Dundee In Los Angeles
EIGHTH LEVEL: Shrek the Third, Rush Hour 3, Addams Family Reunion
NINTH LEVEL: Superman III, Look Who’s Talking Now