Both of the movies Netflix is dropping are genre pictures, which you’d think would be their bread and butter, since it’s the streaming service that owes much of its industry power to Stranger Things. in One is called The Inheritance, directed by Alejandro Bruges (Nightmare Movie) and Bob Gunton (The Shawshank Redemption) as the aging patriarch of a wealthy family who fears someone (or something) is coming. to kill himself. so he brings his spoiled children and makes it clear that if he dies, they get no inheritance.
House/Wife is an AI killer story starring Alice Braga about a mother who spends her time recovering from a traumatic accident in a smart home run by a prototype AI, and in the age of M3GAN, you just you know it’s not good. news.
THR reports that the move comes as Netflix looks to cut production costs, despite having a huge quarter last quarter that saw them gain more than 7 million new subscribers. Most importantly, both movies are already out, so I guess Netflix wants to recoup some of their investment by selling them. We know those movies go around, but again, it seems like a completely backwards move for Netflix, which used to be the studio that bought their content from nervous studios in an attempt to cut costs.
We don’t know what’s going on at Netflix, but at least they aren’t doing the Warner Bros/HBO Max thing of outright disappearing their finished movies for tax write-offs. “Legacy” and “House/Wife” could very well end up on other broadcasters or, ironically, picked up by movie studios now that the box office has returned to pre-pandemic attendances.
Bad form though, Netflix. Please don’t make this a habit.