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The last two or three years were, by movie standards, pretty good years. In 2015 alone we had Mad Max: Fury Road topping a lot of charts, with Inside Out, Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, the spectacularly creepy It Follows, and The Martian right at the top with Imperator Furiosa.

But not every movie can live up to . So, what about those duds that didn't? I'm not talking kinda bad, or sorta bad...this is the rottenest of the rotten. The ones that Rotten Tomatoes hands out that low, low percentage to; the coveted 0%.

Here are 10 of the stinkiest stinkers in recent cinema history, according to Rotten Tomatoes, but in the end, it's up to you whether or not you want to risk wasting two hours of your life.

1. Shut In (2016)

  • Director: Farren Blackburn
  • Starring: Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, Jacob Tremblay

This was only released November 11, but with Naomi Watts starring, and a whole bunch of scenes that look like they would make you jump out of or crap in your pants, you'd think Rotten Tomatoes would have at least one big fan that would give her a 1%. But no, as of right now, it's holding steady at a 0%, with 24 reviews in.

2. The Anomaly (2014)

  • Director: Noel Clarke
  • Starring: Noel Clarke, Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, Luke Hemsworth

A hot woman, freakin' , and the eldest Hemsworth brother, Luke, all in a science fiction movie...that seems like a winning combination, right? Nope. Apparently, it was so bad, the Rotten Tomato reviewers gave up after 16 reviews on this 2014 movie. And it appears to not even have been released in the U.S. until October of 2015, almost 16 months after its UK release.

3. Life On The Line (2016)

  • Director: David Hackl
  • Starring: John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa

Another recipient of the big ol' 0%, it brings back to mind a time when a movie with was automatically a hit before it even came out. I miss those days. It's only four days old in the U.S., though, so it may get higher in the days to come...though judging from the trailer, possibly not.

4. Term Life (2016)

  • Director: Peter Billingsley
  • Starring: Vince Vaughn, Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton

I hate to be rude to such a great comedic actor like , but I have to be honest here. The trailer made it seem like a great action movie was not. In 2000, a movie came out called The Cell, and blew a lot of people away. Vince was fairly well known by then, but he hadn't yet solidified himself as the funny man we know him as today. So, him starring in the dark fantasy-action film The Cell worked. Term Life? Despite also starring Hailee Steinfeld, Bill Paxton, Terrence Howard, Mike Epps, and Jon Favreau? Dead on arrival, and only 7 reviews in since its April 2016 release date means it's going to stay dead.

5. True Memoirs of an International Assassin (2016)

  • Director: Jeff Wadlow
  • Starring: Kevin James, Kim Coates

This is a straight to movie, and for good reason. Starring Kevin James as an author mistaken for an assassin, I doubt this would have made it very far in the theaters. But all that aside, it looks pretty damn funny! It was released November 11, and has 7 reviews, giving it a 0% rating, but that's gotta change...right?

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6. Saving Christmas (2014)

  • Director: Darren Doane
  • Starring: Kirk Cameron

It was a nice try, but Kirk Cameron just can't win. This time, he pulls his real-life little sister Bridgette into the movie. Released in 2014, this movie idled at 13 reviews, and is holding steady at 0% on the site.

7. Freedom (2015)

  • Director: Peter Cousens
  • Starring: Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Mann, William Sadler, Sharon Leal

A drama starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. as a slave who escapes in 1856 (which sounds pretty good), and the story of his great-grandfather's passage to America aboard a slave ship a hundred years earlier. It seems like a great movie, earning a decent 6.1/10 stars on IMDB, but carries a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. This movie might be one of the rare ones worth checking out, despite the rotten rating.

8. Spaceman (2016)

  • Director: Brett Rapkin
  • Starring: Josh Duhamel, W. Earl Brown, Ernie Hudson

You have to wonder how bad a movie is when it stars , but I guess Rotten Tomatoes doesn't approve of him starring as an over-the-hill, washed up major leaguer. The audience rating is 58%, while the tomato rating is at 0%, so it looks like this is another one that you'll have to try for yourself and see if you like it.

9. Christmas Eve (2015)

  • Director: Mitch Davis
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jon Heder, James Roday, Gary Cole, Cheryl Hines

Another 0% recipient, this one has a 59% audience rating, meaning it's right at that point where it could get a bucket full of popcorn instead of a spilled bucket. At the start of the trailer, you know you're watching the preview of a movie with Jon Heder in it, but then it reveals . Maybe the Rotten Tomato reviewers just stopped when they saw that the guy below in blue was trying to star in a serious movie:

10. The Unspoken (2016)

  • Director: Sheldon Wilson
  • Starring: Jodelle Ferland, Sunny Suljic, Pascale Hutton

At first glance, this getting a 0% RT rating and a 10% audience rating seems kind of strange. But if you make it through the trailer, and it becomes obvious that they may have overdone the demonic theme a bit. Even yours truly gets a little freaked out at demons in movies, but The Unspoken seems like someone was trying too hard.

Have you seen any of these rotten (or not) movies? Let me know on twitter or in the comments what you thought of them!


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