With a new year comes new opportunities, new horizons, and lots and lots of new movies. Some of those films? Well they belong firmly in the B movie category.
We all know about the over hyped Hollywood movies that are coming our way in 2014, but what about the little guys? The smaller movies that are loaded up and ready to be unleashed onto the public, when is their moment to shine? Well, it would their time is now, as we take a look at some of our favorite low budget, non-mainstream movies that have a release in 2014. So here we have the weird, wonderful and just plain odd movies you will need to check out this year.
Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
Dead Snow was a thoroughly entertaining Nazi zombie movie that came out during the revival wave of Nazi zombie movies a few years back. It had it all: tongue in cheek humour, freaky zombies, and loads of gore. Well, those pesky Nazi zombies have returned with a sequel.
The short trailer shows a great amount of promise with the killer arm plot device coming into play (last time we saw that used correctly was back in the ’90s with the entertaining schlock Body Parts). It would seem that if audiences keep watching zombie movies then directors are going to go out of their way to make them. Let us hope at least half of the ones that come out display as much promise as this teaser trailer shows.
Probably the film most people know as “That new one where Van Damme plays a bad guy”. Hopefully it will be much more than just that.
The main driving force behind this does seem to be Van Damme’s inspired crazy performance. Channelling an even crazier version of Doc Brown from the Back to the Future series, he comes across as absolutely bonkers. The rest of the movie looks pretty good, with some nice action pieces filling out the parts when Van Damme is not chewing up the scenery.
Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear
Ninja (in case you missed it) was a 2010 movie that starred Scott Adkins from The Expendables 2 as a ninja (as you would expect). It was choppy and mismatched in places, but managed to bring a smile to fans of ’80s martial arts movies because of its corny plot and great action sequences. Now in 2014 we have the sequel.
Looks like some fast paced Kung-Fu action and one to watch out for. Still, there could be more room for some goof ball dialogue scenes. Overall though the action has been pumped up and this should prove to be a lot of fun.
From December 2013, word of this trailer spread like wild fire on the internet. Though it is only a teaser trailer, it shows amazing promise.
This looks like a strange mix between Far Cry 3 and Axe Cop, with a dash of the Sega Genesis game Streets of Rage thrown in for good measure. At the moment it is just a Kickstarter project, but it has already made enough money so far for Laser Unicorn to be able to produce a short movie out of this idea. So you should be seeing this appear sometime at the end of 2014. If you still want to contribute to this project, it is open for donations until the end of January.
The WWE Movie Collection
WWE movies have been, if we’re being honest, mostly terrible. However, that has not stopped them from pumping them out, as they have plenty on the go this year. With a sequel to the entertaining slasher flick See No Evil and a remake of the beloved by some (well, by me at least) horror series Leprechaun. This new version (Leprechaun: Origins) stars the WWE wrestler Hornswoggle, and will be either terrible or a piece of horror genius.
Finally, they have the weirdest team up movie ever. Wrestlemania Mysteries has WWE wrestlers interacting with Scooby Doo and and the Mystery Machine members. This has to be weirder than when Scooby teamed with Batman, though maybe not as strange as the Sonny & Cher team-up. Not a lot more is known so far, however I am sure it won’t take long before more information comes to life.
Everyone loves a heart-warming animal movie, and this film has the added advantage of having its central animal character playing baseball!
The CGI looks great and the tone of the story seems to follow classic underdog stories like Rocky. Because it is a foreign, subtitled movie we may find this has a limited cinema release (it was released in its native country at the end of 2013), but either way it will be worth it just to see a gorilla hit a home run.
Empires of the Deep
This movie has certainly got people’s attention. Unfortunately for the people behind it it’s for all the wrong reasons. This doesn’t fall into the ‘low budget’ category, as it’s got a $130 million budget. The film has been in production hell for years, and below is all they have to show for it.
As you can see from the trailer, it looks pretty bad. This is not going to be the underwater Lord of the Rings epic the director intended. What it lacks in apparent quality, it seems to make up for with plenty of camp, lots of corny dialogue, and very poor CGI effects, which should keep any fan of bad movies entertained. People slagged off Waterworld when it came out, but despite being a cheesy mess it made its money back… eventually. Here’s hoping Empires of the Deep goes the same route. It needs all the help it can get.
Battle of the Damned
This one is a bit of a cheat, but still worth checking out. Coming out in late 2013 and becoming available just for the New Year, this has Dolph Lundgren taking on zombies with some help from his friends. His friends in this case seem to be huge blooming robots.
Anyone that is having flashbacks with Steven Segal fighting vampires in Against the Dark (where he has about 30 minutes screen time) should be relieved to see Lundgren gets the lions share of the movie. It is also pretty hard to find fault in a movie that has Dolph, zombies, and swearing robots.
Gary Daniels gets annoyed with a group gangsters and pimps and goes on a fighting spree to find answers to where his girlfriend has been taken to in this 2014 slobber knocker.
Now on the surface this seems like your standard revenge action movie. However, as it’s set in London, it gives the movie a different feel to most of the direct to video features shot in and around the US. It also has some incredible talent, re-teaming Daniels with his The Expendables cast mates Mickey Rourke and Eric Roberts. In addition Kill BIll co-stars Daryl Hannah and Michael Madsen, Snatch‘s Alan Ford, and B-Movie staple Jeff Fahey. Should still make for a hell of a movie to see them all sharing screen time together.
Killer squirrels. There is very little else to say other than this could be the new killer animal movie we needed to freshen up the shark obsessed genre.
So that’s my pick. Hopefully there will be tons more of these bizarre movies throughout 2014 but this list should be enough to keep you entertained until more come along.
Any B movies we missed that you are looking forward to in 2014? Let us know in the comments section below!