The rise of video-on-demand services like Netflix and dedicated cable-TV channels has created a new industry in low-budget B-movies
; meet Asylum Films
, an outfit in California following in the footsteps of historical B-movie auteurs like Roger Corman, Menahem Golan and Uwe Boll, with films with titles like Sharknado
, Sex Pot
and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies
. Asylum's new B-movies are made quickly and cheaply to ride the coattails of the big studios' fads, filling gaps in the market for more films about, say, adorable puppies, alien battleships or apocalypses. The films are made to a strict formula, are played entirely seriously, with no hint of irony or knowingness, and are designed primarily to pad out rental lists and appeal to recommendation engines, though the producers point out that often mainstream Hollywood fare is often no less hackneyed and formulaic. (Previously...
posted by acb
on Jul 12, 2013 -