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23rd Sep '16 10:45:12 PM nombretomado
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* The CinemaSins review of ''New Moon'' jokes that it must be January if the only movies the characters have a choice of going to see are called "Face Punch" and "Love Spelled Backwards Is Love".

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* The CinemaSins WebVideo/CinemaSins review of ''New Moon'' jokes that it must be January if the only movies the characters have a choice of going to see are called "Face Punch" and "Love Spelled Backwards Is Love".
23rd Sep '16 9:24:53 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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Note that the definition of a "dump month" is not static. Historically, while spring, summer, and late fall have always been premium release seasons, January didn't always have its toxic reputation. ''Boston Globe'' film critic Ty Burr [[http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/magazine/how-to-survive-januarys-dearth-of-good-movies.html?_r=0 has noted]] that, during [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood the days of the studio system]], January saw far more high-quality releases than it did after, with TheForties serving as the high point for January releases. The antitrust decision ''United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.'' in 1948, forcing the studios to divest their theater chains and end the practice of block booking, meant that movies were no longer guaranteed a long theatrical run at every point in the year, leading studios to cluster their biggest releases around holidays and warmer weather. By TheEighties, with summer blockbusters rising to prominence, the idea of the January leper colony had solidified.
20th Sep '16 11:56:10 AM darkchiefy
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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was one of the biggest hit of the year, and ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].

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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was one of the biggest hit hits of the that year, and ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].
20th Sep '16 11:55:42 AM darkchiefy
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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was the biggest hit of the year, and ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].

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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was one of the biggest hit of the year, and ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].
12th Aug '16 12:20:43 PM DavidDelony
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It also happens to an extent in anime, as the strongest series are reserved for the Fall and Spring TV seasons in Japan.
11th Apr '16 11:31:52 PM KaiYves
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* The CinemaSins review of ''New Moon'' jokes that it must be January if the only movies the characters have a choice of going to see are called "Face Punch" and "Love Spelled Backwards Is Love".
11th Mar '16 10:07:07 AM erforce
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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was the biggest hit of the year, and ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].

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Nowadays, the second half of August is generally considered a comparatively minor dump month, and the first half isn't at all. Films released at this time are usually put here not out of a lack of quality, but because the "main" blockbuster season has gotten so crowded that smaller films are pushed here out of necessity. August 2014, for instance, saw the release of ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', which was the biggest hit of the year, and ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', ''[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'', which was also a modest success. In addition, August has become a popular release frame for horror films that can't make the October date, since it offers ample time to get the DVD in stores in time for Halloween without having to compete with the big summer blockbusters,[[note]]This practice owes at least part of its existence to the ''Franchise/{{Saw}}'' and ''Film/ParanormalActivity'' franchises' bulletproof status in October from the mid '00s through the early '10s.[[/note]] and it's also recognized as a great time to release more mature fare aimed at older audiences and women who are burned out from the heat of all the big action movies in the past three months. The unofficial end of the summer season falls sometime in mid-August, give or take a week depending on the year, with one or two final big releases before the drought. However, before UsefulNotes/{{The Blockbuster Age|OfHollywood}} it was considered a dump month like any other -- for example, when Creator/WarnerBros suspected that ''Film/BonnieAndClyde'' would fail, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork they dumped it in August]].
9th Mar '16 12:11:26 PM tmantookie
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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on Creator/{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.

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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on Creator/{Netflix}} Creator/{{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.
2nd Mar '16 5:47:06 PM TheRedRedKroovy
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* {{Defied|Trope}} in [[http://bloody-disgusting.com/editorials/3381035/10-horror-films-released-in-february-that-were-actually-good/ this article]] by Trace Thurman of Bloody-Disgusting, listing ten horror movies released in February that actually weren't terrible. He notes how January and February have a terrible reputation for this, with studios using the time to clear house on movies they think will bomb, which makes it that much more fulfilling to find a diamond in the rough.
1st Mar '16 2:11:40 PM Josef5678
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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on {{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.

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The big-screen version of the FridayNightDeathSlot, the Dump Months are certain months of the year that are viewed as, effectively, cinematic landfills where little of value can be found at the box office. [[TroubledProduction Disastrous productions]] that the studio wants to get behind them as quickly as possible with minimal fallout, low-budget genre fare that can't hang with [[SummerBlockbuster the big boys of summer]], star vehicles for [[WhiteDwarfStarlet fading stars]], [[BMovie B-grade]] thrillers and comedies that aren't ''quite'' bad enough to be shuffled into the DirectToVideo netherrealm, films that got [[ScrewedByTheNetwork Screwed by the Studio]] and are only getting released theatrically out of contractual obligation (or because somebody involved with the film has dirt on a studio executive) -- all of this goes to the dump months to be forgotten about by the time they come out on DVD and start airing late at night on cable (or, these days, on {{Netflix}} Creator/{Netflix}} and the like) three months later.



Once in a while, a film released in a dump month will break out and become a hit. Defiance of the 'dump month curse' is a bit more common than defiance of the FridayNightDeathSlot. In particular, given the reputation for crappy product that the dump months hold, a merely ''good'' film that would've been outshined by ''great'' ones at any other time of year has a chance of breaking out and becoming a SleeperHit.

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Once in a while, a film released in a dump month will break out and become a hit. Defiance of the 'dump month curse' is a bit more common than defiance of the FridayNightDeathSlot. In particular, given the reputation for crappy product products that the dump months hold, a merely ''good'' film that would've been outshined by ''great'' ones at any other time of year has a chance of breaking out and becoming a SleeperHit.
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