Why There Are So Many Terrible Movies on Netflix | Motherboard: [From: MOVIES Why There Are So Many Terrible Movies on Netflix, By Meghan Neal]
It’s finally happened: I’ve run out of things to watch. The blockbuster hits and grand Oscar-chasers and addictive TV shows are on summer break, and I’m left scraping the bottom of the Netflix barrel on sleepless nights—a bleak rabbit hole of cheap, made-for-video b-movies. Why are there so many god-awful movies on this site?
A recent Pacific Standard article gives a glimpse into the answer—a peek into the strange world where Big Data and low-budget movie studios collide. The article profiles Asylum, the infamous ‘mockbuster’ rip-off movie studio that churns out content on a shoestring budget based on what will sell, paying no mind to what’s actually good.
Netflix is one of Asylum’s regular buyers, along with Red Box, Blockbuster, Amazon, and others. And it buys the whole shebang…”