Film The Worst January Movie Releases  

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If you're an actor, director or producer, the last thing you want is your movie to be released in the January dumping ground. Over the years, January is known in the movie world to be the time when studios put out their less than stellar releases. If you've got a movie scheduled for a January release, close your eyes and run for the hills. 

That said, only one of these movies can take home the dishonorable title of the worst January release. Until a fantastic grossing movie or a critically acclaimed flick can defy the odds at the box office, January will forever be known as a time when really poor movies get released. The movies here have won awards, but its usually of the Razzie variety. Until that changes, then January will continue to get its bad rap as a pretty bad time to release new movies. 

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Carmen Electra, Method Man, Kevin Sorbo Meet the Spartans is a 2008 American parody film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Similar to past movies, such as Scary Movie, Date Movie, and Epic Movie, it directs parodies at ...more

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Carmen Electra, Jennifer Coolidge, Lauren Conrad Epic Movie is a 2007 American parody film directed and written by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and produced by Paul Schiff. It was the first film to be distributed by Regency Enterprises. ...more

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Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green, Bai Ling My Baby's Daddy is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Cheryl Dunye.

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Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes, Ama Quiambao Diablo is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Ramon Mez de Guzman.

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Meagan Good, Ariel Winter, Margaret Cho One Missed Call is a 2008 American supernatural horror film and remake of Takashi Miike's 2003 Japanese film One Missed Call, which itself was based on the Yasushi Akimoto novel Chakushin Ari. ...more

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Michelle Rodriguez, Ben Kingsley, Meat Loaf BloodRayne is a 2005 German fantasy action horror film set in 18th-century Romania, directed by Uwe Boll. The film stars Kristanna Loken, Michael Madsen, Billy Zane, Ben Kingsley, Meat Loaf and ...more

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Diogo Morgado, Zózimo Bulbul, Karra Elejalde The Forest is a 2002 film directed by Leonel Vieira. The movie won the "Best Film" at the 2003 Golden Globes Portugal.

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Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Affion Crockett Fifty Shades of Black is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. Christian Black (Marlon Wayans) introduces shy college student Hannah Steele (Kali Hawk) to the world of ...more

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Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Chinese psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Delay. The film stars Lauren Cohan and ...more

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Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston The 5th Wave is a 2016 American science fiction action film directed by J Blakeson, based on the novel by Rick Yancey. After four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks left most of Earth ...more

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Nicolas Cage, Christopher Lee, Ron Perlman Season of the Witch is a 2011 American fantasy adventure horror film starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Dominic Sena with extensive uncredited reshoots by Brett Ratner. Cage stars with Ron ...more

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Lelia Goldoni, John Prosky, Bonnie Morgan The Devil Inside is a 2012 American supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell, and written by Bell and Matthew Peterman. It is a documentary-style film about a woman who becomes ...more

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Emma Stone, Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling This film is a 2013 American film directed by Ruben Fleischer, from a screenplay written by Will Beall and starring Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, and Sean Penn. The story is ...more

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Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan, Cedric the Entertainer Code Name: The Cleaner is an 2007 action comedy film directed by Les Mayfield and starring Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Callum Keith Rennie and Nicollette Sheridan. The film was released by ...more

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Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson, Julia Stiles Down to You is a 2000 romantic comedy film about losing a first love. It was directed by Kris Isacsson. The main characters are Alfred 'Al' Connelly, Imogen, and Cyrus. The cast also includes ...more

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Tara Reid, Christian Slater, Anthony Anderson Alone in the Dark is a 2005 German-Canadian-American science fiction action horror film, very loosely based on Infogrames' popular video game series of the same name. Directed by Uwe Boll, the ...more

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Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch Dirty Grandpa is a 2016 American comedy film directed by Dan Mazer and written by John Philips. The film stars Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Zoey Deutch, Aubrey Plaza and Dermot Mulroney. It was ...more

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Roberto Benigni, Kim Rossi Stuart, Nicoletta Braschi Pinocchio is a 2002 Italian live-action family film directed by and starring Roberto Benigni. The film is based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi with Benigni portraying Pinocchio. ...more

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Jennifer Garner, Jason Isaacs, Terence Stamp Elektra is a 2005 Canadian-American superhero film directed by Rob Bowman. It is a spin-off from the 2003 film Daredevil, starring the Marvel Comics character Elektra Natchios. The story follows ...more

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Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson, Chris Pratt This film is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Gary Winick and written by Greg DePaul, June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. The film stars Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Candice ...more

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Christopher Walken, Estella Warren, Michael Shannon Kangaroo Jack is a 2003 American buddy-action movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, starring Jerry O'Connell, Anthony Anderson, Christopher Walken, Estella Warren and ...more

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Katherine Heigl, Debbie Reynolds, Sherri Shepherd One for the Money is a 2011 comedy film directed by Julie Anne Robinson.

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Synchronicity Michael Ironside, Brianne Davis, A. J. Bowen Synchronicity is a 2013 sci-fi movie written and directed by Jacob Gentry.

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Ron Perlman, Robert Sheehan, Rupert Grint

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Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn Mortdecai is a 2015 American action comedy film directed by David Koepp and written by Eric Aronson. The film is adapted from the book anthology Mortdecai written by Kyril Bonfiglioli. It stars ...more

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Olivia Munn, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong Ride Along 2 is an upcoming 2016 American action comedy film directed by Tim Story and written by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi, a sequel to the 2014 film Ride Along. The film stars Ice Cube, Kevin ...more

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Heather Graham, Rob Schneider, Bill Nighy Norm of the North is a 2012 animation adventure drama film written by Daniel Altiere and Steven Altiere, directed by Anthony Bell.

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Rosie O'Donnell, Fran Drescher, Jeremy Piven Car 54, Where Are You? is a 1994 comedy film directed by Bill Fishman and stars David Johansen and John C. McGinley. It is based on the television series of the same name starring Joe E. Ross ...more

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Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more

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Ben Affleck, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber Phantoms is a 1998 American-Japanese science fiction horror film adapted from Dean Koontz's 1983 novel of the same name. Directed by Joe Chappelle with a screenplay by Koontz, the film stars ...more

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Faith Brook The Finest Hours is a 1964 British documentary film about Winston Churchill, directed by Peter Baylis. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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Anesthesia Myeong-shin Park, Se-jin Park, Hyeong-gook Im Anesthesia is a 2011 short drama film written and directed by Seok-young Kim.

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Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Released on January 3, 2014 in the United States, it is the first ...more

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Lazer Team Burnie Burns, Gavin Free, Michael Jones Lazer Team is a 2015 American science fiction action comedy film directed by Matt Hullum. Four losers are thrust into the position of saving the world when they stumble upon a UFO crash site and ...more

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Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning, Theo James The Benefactor (originally titled Franny) is a 2015 American drama film directed by Andrew Renzi. A wealthy man (Richard Gere) feels responsible for the deaths of two married friends, leading ...more

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Kevin James, Jayma Mays, Bobby Cannavale Paul Blart: Mall Cop is a 2009 American family-action comedy film directed by Steve Carr and co-written by Kevin James, who stars as the title character, Paul Blart. Filming began in February ...more

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Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Mark Wahlberg Mojave is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by William Monahan. A suicidal artist (Garrett Hedlund) goes into the desert, where he finds encounters a homicidal drifter (Oscar Isaac).

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Cameron Diaz, James Franco, Seth Rogen The Green Hornet is a 2011 American superhero action comedy film based on the character of the same name that had originated in a 1930s radio program and has appeared in movie serials, a ...more

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Jean-Claude Van Damme, Ashley Johnson, Deborah Rennard Lionheart is a 1990 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and co-starring Brian Thompson, along with Harrison Page, Deborah Rennard, Lisa Pelikan, and Ashley Johnson. ...more

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Kellan Lutz, Roxanne McKee, Scott Adkins The Legend of Hercules is a 2014 American 3D action fantasy film directed by Renny Harlin and co-written by Harlin with Daniel Giat, Giulio Steve, and Sean Hood. The film stars Kellan Lutz, Gaia ...more

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Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan Martyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was ...more

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Emma Stone, Halle Berry, Kristen Bell Movie 43, previously Untitled Comedy, is an upcoming comedy film written by Rocky Russo, Jeremy Sosenko and Patrik Forsberg. The film will feature segments directed by Patrik Forsberg and Peter ...more

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Rose McGowan, Kylie Minogue, Jack Black Bio-Dome is a 1996 American stoner comedy film directed by Jason Bloom. Bio-Dome was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America on a budget of $10 million and was distributed theatrically ...more

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Kat Dennings, Chloë Grace Moretz, Martin Lawrence Big Momma's House 2 is a 2006 American comedy film and the sequel to Big Momma's House. The film was directed by John Whitesell, based on the characters created by Darryl Quarles from the ...more

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John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale

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Nia Peeples, Miguel Ferrer, Cindy Pickett DeepStar Six is an American science fiction horror film about the struggles of the crew of an underwater military outpost to defend their base against the attacks of a sea monster. It was ...more

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Katherine Heigl, Malin Åkerman, Krysten Ritter 27 Dresses is a 2008 romantic comedy film directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Aline Brosh McKenna. The film stars Katherine Heigl and James Marsden. The film was released January 10, 2008 ...more

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David Letterman, Alfred Molina, Ricki Lake Cabin Boy is a 1994 fantasy comedy film directed by Adam Resnick and co-produced by Tim Burton, which starred comedian Chris Elliott. Elliott co-wrote the film with Resnick. Both Elliott and ...more