January 2020 is shaping up to be a truly terrible month for horror movies. The Turning is the second movie this year to receive a rare ‘F’ audience score.
We’ve only got one more week left of January but it already delivered two of the potentially worst films of the entire year. The Turning just became the second movie this year to earn a rare ‘F’ from audiences at Cinema Score.
The first film to receive that honorary title was The Grudge, which was a remake of a remake. The Turning was also retreading familiar territory as the novella it was based on, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James has been adapted several times before. Not only that, but The Turning isn’t even the first adaptation of that particular novella this year.
To put into perspective how rare that grade is, The Turning is only the 21st movie overall to receive an ‘F.’ The fact that two movies in one month earned that grade is pretty abysmal.
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Not only did it bomb with both audiences and critics, but it also failed to even pull in much at the box office, earning only $6.6 million on its opening weekend and coming in 6th place, reports Deadline.
There is still some time to turn things around. Next week, the anticipated horror film Gretel & Hansel hits theaters.
Hopefully, the dark fairy tale film will fare better than the other horror movies released this month. If not, then we’re crossing our fingers the rest of the year does better.
The Turning stars Finn Wolfhard, Mackenzie Davis, Brooklynn Prince, and Joely Richardson. It follows a young nanny who takes on a new job at a countryside estate in Maine, only to discover there is something dark and haunting going on with the kids she’s taking care of.
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The Turning is now playing in theaters.