Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Asylum: Genius production company or hack-meisters?

Last year, when "Snakes on a Plane" came out, I noticed a similar film, "Snakes on a Train" was having it's DVD release the following week. At the time I thought nothing of it and figured, like with many films a similar one was released at the same time to get some bonus sales from gullible people.

Well, what I thought was possibly a one time fluke turns out to be a production that seems to thrive only on "rip-off" films that share a similar title with occasionally a slightly similar plot. They're designed to give gullible people to go to Blockbuster or use Netflix to rent these films mistakenly thinking they were the "originals." Borderline illegal, and unquestionably unethical.

Here is a short list of some of these films and their "original" (at least what they're knocking off):

100,000,000 BC ... 10,000 BC
Alien Vs Hunter ... Alien Vs Predator
I Am Omega ... (A mix of "Omega Man" and "I am Legend")
Snakes on a Train ... Snakes on a Plane
Invasion of the Pod People ... The Invasion
Transmorphers ... Transformers
Pirates of Treasure Island ... Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
The Da Vinci Treasure ... The DaVinci Code
Hillside Cannibals ... The Hills Have Eyes
Way of the Vampire ... Van Helsing (box is a cheap copy and the story revolves around Van Helsing)
30,000 Leagues Under the Sea ... 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Detour ... Wrong Turn

I'm sure there are many many others but I figured this was a good start.

Asylum Films


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