There was a time when I use to watch a movie and the story ended and that was the end of the movie but the Hollywood machine decided that it is safe to keep on continuing the story beyond one movie and they have kept on going ever since. It all started with the James Bond movies. Although I agree that some sequels (and prequels) are better than the originals (like the Godfather II) but apart from rare one or two movies, the sequels have gone downhill from the originals.
I can give a number of movies whose sequels were not better than the first one. Let’s start Friday the 13 II and onward, Halloween II and onward, A Nightmare on Elm Street II (and further), Predator II, Jurassic Park II and onward, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure, Jaws II and onward, The Exorcist II, Speed 2, Scream 2 and onward, Airplane II, Caddyshack II, Cannonball Run II. Die Hard II, Death Wish II and onward and countless others that you can count. I just wish that once the movies finishes, it finishes and that is the end of the story. In the Sequels craze, the Horror genre gets the most points, since their monsters (or evils ) never die and keeps on coming back in movie after movie (case in point the recent Saw movies , we are on the sixth now). It can also be said that the people financing these movies just go with the name and don’t read the script and that is why every year, we see a plethora of sequels and prequels. I wish it could end and original movies come along. I will hate to see the sequels to Sound of Music, The Titanic, and other classic coming in the future.