10 Worst Movies Ever Released In January

Falling off a screen near you.

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20th Century Fox

The ugly truth about filmmaking is that it’s an art rather than a science and nobody knows what will or won’t work. It doesn’t matter if you received an Oscar nomination for The Sixth Sense - one day, you’re going to make The Last Airbender.

Let’s say you’ve got a film where nothing came together, not the script, not the casting and certainly not the direction. Instead of jumping off the screen, it all sort of lies there like a dead dog. What to do?

If it’s an expensive film with a built-in audience then instead of sending it straight to Netflix, it can be quietly released in the post-Christmas/pre-Oscars season, when nobody goes to the damn movies anyway. It’s like holding a premiere in Peoria – if the movie dies, who’s going to be any the wiser?

Over the years, January has played host to more dogs than the cast of 101 Dalmatians. To give you some idea of just how unloved and unsuccessful movies released during this period typically are, it wasn’t until 2009 that a January release made $100 million at the box office (more on that later).

If the following films prove anything, it’s that January is a terrific time for film fans to catch up on important stuff like re-caulking the bathtub. Just take a look at the first movie on the list….


Ian Watson is the author of 'Midnight Movie Madness', a 600+ page guide to "bad" movies from 'Reefer Madness' to 'Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.'