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    5 Movie Sequels That Successfully Changed Genres From The Original, And 5 That Failed

    Who approved some of these switches?

    Joker director Todd Phillips shared that the movie's sequel will be titled Joker: Folie à Deux. The popular psychological crime drama will have a follow-up, and that follow-up will be...a musical.

    Joker will not be the first film to receive a sequel with a drastic genre makeover. Here are five movie sequels that switched genres for the better, and five for the worse:

    1. UPGRADE Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor screams while the room around him lights up

    2. DOWNGRADE Aliens

    A space marine shoots a giant machine gun

    3. UPGRADE — Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    The Terminator holds a shotgun

    4. DOWNGRADE — Rambo: First Blood Part II

    Rambo fires a machine gun in the air and screams

    5. UPGRADE 10 Cloverfield Lane

    A woman looks scared by a man at the dinner table

    6. DOWNGRADE — Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Screen shot from "Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2"

    7. UPGRADE — The Chronicles of Riddick

    Riddick in shaded goggles

    8. DOWNGRADE — The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    Leatherface looks embarrassed

    9. UPGRADE — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    The Winter Soldier holds a gun

    10. DOWNGRADE — Gremlins 2: The New Batch

    A gremlin in a dress and makeup

    Do you disagree with any of these? Can you think of other "genre-changing" sequels? Comment below!