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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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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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Ashton Kutcher, Seth Green, Bai Ling
My Baby's Daddy is a 2004 comedy film, directed by Cheryl Dunye.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Carlo Aquino, Arnold Reyes, Ama Quiambao
Diablo is a 2012 drama film written and directed by Ramon Mez de Guzman.
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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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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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Exposed
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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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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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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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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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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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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.