(Source: Art by Rafael Hidalgo for Zimbio | Warner Bros.)
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What makes the worst movies? Bad writing, bad acting, unoriginal story ideas, melodrama, shots of the crew in the movie... There are plenty of ways to screw a movie up. And that's before it ever gets marketed.

The watering down of original material is another factor that's led to horrible movies being released. Sequels are usually terrible (not always) so the uptick in their production naturally has equaled more bad films in recent years, since it's the age of the remake in Hollywood.

Prequels, sequels, remakes, and reboots are the safe plays for studio executives so don't expect to see an end to them anytime soon, either. As long as people keep flocking to theaters, they'll keep getting made.

Add non-original content to the long list of ways to make a movie awful and you can see we're in a golden age of bad cinema. Want proof? These are the worst movies of the 21st century...