A film that played across the rest of the world in 2015 before getting its American wide release in the winter of 2016 was the 2nd worst new film of the week on February 5. These are the biggest reasons why it would deserve the RAZZIES, high odds or not:
*Regression is a fitting title, but not in a way that director Alejandro Amenabar, Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, or David "Remus Lupin" Thewlis were hoping for: Hermione Granger and the director of The Others have regressed to RAZZIE territory based on aggregate review scores: 14% approval at Rotten Tomatoes and 32% at Metacritic.
*If enough fans of The Others are upset, they might vote for Amenabar for Worst Director. This makes it a dark horse for that category.
*If this September's remake of The Magnificent Seven gets panned by critics, Ethan Hawke will have 2 films reinforcing each other in his Worst Actor run.
*Depending on how Deepwater Horizon fares with critics around September or October, Thewlis might pose stronger competition for Worst Supporting Actor.
*The father is accused of raping his daughter, but his memory is lost. The background for the abuse turns out to be Satanic violence. It's said that anyone who commits ritual abuse is supposed to be expelled from the Temple of Satan, which calls Regression's portrayal of Satanism deep into question. If enough people are open to hearing the Satanist community out, their testimony could drive Regression forward in the RAZZIE race.
*The harshest criticism was over the ending. A bad ending ruined Halle Berry's would-be masterpiece, The Call, back in 2013. A blown ending brought Regression down from simply bad to total career devastation. The Rotten Tomatoes consensus reported that the next biggest problem was getting nearly everything about psychological thrillers wrong.