Here are some of these rare gems released in August so far:
So we've got weird low-budget horror movies, what looks like a kid's version of Rambo, a creepy Chinese robot, sequels to movies that probably shouldn't have sequels (one of which we're told is an ALL NEW MOVIE, just in case you miss the number "2" there), and...well, you've probably heard of Postal, but I think it's appropriate to mock Uwe Boll movies whenever given the chance.
Now, one's reaction may be, "Why do they even get made? Who the hell actually rents or buys these movies?" The answer is, my parents rent movies like this. Whenever I go over to their place, I find stacks of these unrecognizable movies. If there is one semi-known actor in a movie, or it looks good from the back cover, they'll rent it. And apparently sometimes they're pretty good. Since almost every movie in theaters is either a sequel or a remake or crap, maybe they're onto something.
How bad can "Triloquist" be? It's already got one compelling mystery going for it: where did the "ven" go? Look, a synopsis:
This is that old coming-of-age tale of two wide-eyed siblings who go on a life-changing road trip to Las Vegas, taking nothing with them but a creepy dummy that appears to be alive, some loaded weapons, and their own twisted and dangerous psychoses. It's the kind of simple, straight story that rekindles the nostalgia of your youth. Renowned horror director and creepy-little-monster lover Mark Jones (LEPRECHAUN, RUMPLESTILTSKIN) writes and directs this horror-comedy.
As far as creepy-little-monster movies go, that sounds pretty good. Maybe even better than your average Natalie Portman movie. ZING! Get it? Because she's short? And ugly?