The B Movie Is Alive And Fighting Aliens In Trailers For 'The Recall,' 'Kill Switch,' and 'Kill 'Em All'

The B Movie Is Alive And Fighting Aliens In Trailers For 'The Recall,' 'Kill Switch,' and 'Kill 'Em All'

May 02, 2017

The phrase "B movie" has meant a lot of different things over the years. Originally it referred to films intended to be distributed as the second half of a double feature, but that tradition died out 70 years ago. Then it came to mean cheesy movies, usually sci-fi and horror. Eventually it just became a catch-all term for a movie that just was basically anything but a prestigious studio movie. 

So the phrase itself doesn't really mean anything specific these days, and yet, we all know a B-movie when we see one. Maybe it stars an actor that was once huge but hasn't been in much lately. Maybe it's pushing a lot of effects and no story. Or maybe it's just a shamelessly mindless action movie with a title like, oh we don't know... Kill'em All. If you like these kind of movies, then today is your day.

 

The Recall

What's the deal?

Stop us when this sounds familiar. Five co-ed friends head to a cabin in the woods. There they encounter something that will change their lives forever. If they even survive it.

So it's got a fairly generic setup, sure, but the encounter here happens to be an alien invasion, and the conditions for survival appear to be "befriend a paranoid hunter played by Wesley Snipes who has dedicated his life to preparing for this unbelievable moment."

Anything else I should know?

You may think the trailer is giving away the entire movie, but there's one amusing detail it leaves out. The Recall is apparently the first movie to ever be shot natively for Barco Escape, which is a specialized theater experience that adds two screens and two projectors to the mix, creating a truly ultra-wide theatrical experience that basically takes up half of the movie theater. In the past, Barco Escape has either converted new releases to fit the format, but apparently The Recall filmed 30+ minutes of their movie for the format. It's an unusual creative choice, particularly for a movie about a pissed off Wesley Snipes saving some dumb kids from aliens, but we have a feeling, for better or worse, it'll make for a memorable theatrical experience.

When's it out?

The Recall hits Barco Escape theaters on June 2, 2017. It'll hit normal 2D theaters, and VOD platforms, on June 16, 2017. And if you're in to VR, it'll also have a 12-minute thing you can experience that way as well.

 

Kill Switch

What's the deal?

The great Dan Stevens stars in this VFX-heavy movie as a pilot fighting to save his family after a scientific experiment goes wrong. What exactly that experiment is, the trailer doesn't show. Not does it show what exactly he's saving his family from.

Anything else I should know?

Originally called Redivider, Kill Switch is an American-Dutch co-production that marks the directing debut of Tim Smit. It's based on his short story What's in the Box? about a failed experiment that was trying to use parallel universes to create a source of unlimited energy. In addition to writing the source material, Smit is also an experience VFX artist, which is why the movie at least looks incredibly proficient in that regard.

When's it out?

It hits theaters on June 16, 2017.

 

Kill'em All

What's the deal?

Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in a movie called Kill'em All. That's the deal.

Anything else I should know?

It's JCVD in a movie called Kill'em All. What else do you need to know?

Okay, maybe we'll point out that it's the directorial debut of stunt coordinator Peter Malota, who worked with JCVD on Double Impact, Universal Soldier, and The Order. So hopefully that means the fights will at least be pretty fun.

When's it out?

You can watch JCVD kill people - presumably all of them - on Blu-ray, DVD or VOD on June 6, 2017.

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