Schlock Theater: This Week’s Best ‘B’ Movie Trailers — Shatner! Willis! Van Damme! Chiklis! And More!
In fact, a very large portion of movies that are produced each year never actually make it into theaters.
A study done for the American Film Market by film data researcher and movie industry consultant Stephen Follows revealed that out of the 877 independent films made in 2017, 40% did not get any kind of theatrical release. Another 35% had theatrical releases so small (one or two theaters) there was no reported box office.
Which means that there are literally hundreds of movies coming out each year that only appear on DVD, Bluray, or Video on Demand.
Many of these films are often referred to as schlock, which Merriam-Webster defines as “of low quality or value,” thus the moniker. That being said, some of the worst films in cinematic history are actually some of the best. You know what movies I am talking about. They’re called cult classics.
These are those movies and their new trailers for the week of September 8, 2019.
10 Minutes Gone
Ruthless crime boss Rex hires Frank and his crew to steal a priceless jewel stash. However, the job goes completely wrong when someone tips the police and Frank suffers a heavy blow to the head. Frank wakes up to find the jewels gone and no memory of his attacker. Now Frank will need to piece together the missing 10 minutes from his memory, and fast, to find out who betrayed him so that Rex does not have him murdered in cold blood.
Stars: Bruce Willis, Michael Chiklis, Meadow Williams
The 11th Patient
Steven, a young teenage boy, is found in a comatose state deep in the woods several months after his kidnapping. The man that kidnapped him is still at large and Steven is the only person who witnessed and survived the ordeal. Now, Steven has been brought to a Doctor who specializes in PTSD patients. Using his technology to guide his patients though their traumatic event, he must connect to Steven and make him face his fears in order to bring him out of his coma.
Stars: Shelly Cole, Steven Cole, Andy Gates, Liesel Kopp
When a frustrated loner gains popularity as an Alt-Right vlogger, the online echo chamber turns his fears into a deadly rage.
Stars: Zachary Ray Sherman, Sally Kirkland, Timothy V. Murphy
A down-on-his-luck archaeologist returns from a cave expedition that contains a cursed relic that’s also a portal to Hell. He discovers that the only way to stop the curse on his family is to go back to the cave and destroy the relic.
Stars: Jeri Ryan, William Shatner, Jason Brooks, Ciara Hanna, Jackie Dallas, Annmarie Giaquinto
When an otherworldly organism crash lands on Earth, a group of grief-stricken friends led by Luke Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison and Tom Atkins, must overcome a recent tragedy and face their fear of the unknown to uncover the unimaginable secret the alien holds. But with the FBI closing in, time is running out.
Stars: Luke Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Cheryl Texiera, Glenn Keogh, Vincent M. Ward, Christopher Showerman, Wendy Davis, Peter Holden, Sarah Booth, and Tom Atkins
James, a screenwriting student, find himself in a compromising position after a rival student, Adler, steals his screenplay. Unable to prove that Adler plagiarized his script, James and his crew are forced to start from scratch to create an entirely new film in a very short amount of time. Rachel, the film’s director and James’ longtime girlfriend, suggests that they make a horror film, which prompts James to quickly get to work, researching genre films and the psyche of serial killers. Production gets off to a good start, and things seem to be going swimmingly for the cast and crew. Unfortunately, before the crew can wrap, an actual masked murderer shows up on set… one who is hellbent on bringing their slasher film to life.
Stars: Dante Aubain, Syrissa Sacca, Jess Levinson
The Gallows Act II
After aspiring actress Ana Rue transfers to a prestigious new school, her desires are twisted after participating in a viral challenge capable of conjuring a malevolent spirit.
Stars: Ema Horvath, Chris Milligan, Brittany Falardeau
Gothic Harvest tells the chilling tale of four co-eds who head to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. When one of them disappears after connecting with a charming local, her friends race to find her before she falls victim to a sadistic Southern family plagued by a centuries-old voodoo curse.
Stars: Lin Shaye, Bill Moseley, Tanyell Waivers
Xin is an undercover Chinese detective. When the criminals that he is investigating are arrested, he is mistakenly sent with them to a remote Cambodian prison. He quickly discovers that the warden has no intention of rehabilitating the prisoners, instead offering wealthy businessmen the ultimate hunting experience; human prey. Xin has no choice but to fight for his freedom in a brutal and sadistic game of Hunter Vs Prey.
Stars: Gu Shangwei, Vithaya Pansringarm
The Village in the Woods
Every village, every person, has a secret…none more so than the inhabitants of this isolated, murky village whose fate relies on the luring of two unsuspecting pawns to satisfy their appetite and determine their being.
Stars: Richard Hope, Rebecca Johnson, Therese Bradley
We Die Young
When ruthless drug lord Rincon recruits 10-year-old boy Lucas to work as a runner, his older brother Lucas is desperate to keep him safe at all costs. The boys soon flee for their lives and are rescued by a troubled war veteran named Daniel. Daniel, who suffers with PTSD, is consumed in helping the boys to find their revenge against the violent MS-13 gang leader, in the only way he knows how.
Stars: Jean Claude Van Damme, David Castañeda, Elijah Rodriguez