Monday, January 14, 2008

Forget Cloverfield, go see Monster!!

The Asylum is the greatest film studio ever. Every time a major Hollywood movie comes around, The Asylum is not far behind with a rip off shit filled version. This time, they have their version of Cloverfield called Monster! Check out the trailer.

As for what else The Asylum has put together for us fine folks, they have given us.....

King of the Lost World - A story similar to King Kong, released on December 13th, 2005, one day before the U.S. theatrical release of Peter Jackson's King Kong remake.

When a Killer Calls - The story of a babysitter being terrorized by a psychopath, this film was released in February of 2006 to coincide with the U.S. theatrical release of the When a Stranger Calls remake.

The Da Vinci Treasure - This project starring C. Thomas Howell and Lance Henriksen is an obvious rip-off of The Da Vinci Code, and was released four days after the other film's U.S. theatrical release on May 19th, 2006.

666: The Child - This film about a couple who discover that their adopted child may be the Antichrist was released on June 6th, 2006, the same day as the U.S. theatrical release of The Omen remake.

Pirates of Treasure Island - This pirate-themed film was released on June 27th, 2006; most likely to capitalize on the July 7th U.S. theatrical release of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. One may note that the box art for Pirates of Treasure Island is very similar to that of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film, and one actor's appearance is a blatant copy of Johnny Depp's character, Captain Jack Sparrow.

Snakes on a Train - This film was released three days before the U.S. theatrical release of Snakes on a Plane on August 18th, 2006. Aside from the "snakes terrorizing humans in an enclosed area" theme, the Asylum film bears no resemblance to the Samuel L. Jackson vehicle.

Transmorphers - A film about giant robots fighting humans which was released a week before the U.S. theatrical release of Michael Bay's Transformers on July 3, 2007. Despite a very similar title to the film based on the Transformers toy line, Transmorphers is more analogous to the Terminator universe, where after hundreds of years of robots ruling Earth, the humans rise up in war.

Alien Vs. Hunter - This movie is most similar to the Alien vs. Predator franchise and has been timed to tie in with the theatrical release of the second movie in that series. The movie features aliens and 'hunters' (which bear a striking resemblance to Predators), two warring races who come to Earth. The poster is almost identical to that for the first Alien vs. Predator movie, featuring profiles of the two antagonists staring at each other and the movie's title in the middle, below an 'AVH' logo which resembles the 'AVP' logo of the Alien vs. Predator films.

I Am Omega - A futuristic thriller in which a lone man fights off hordes of creatures in a world ravaged by disease. I Am Omega has no official relation to the 1954 Richard Matheson novel I Am Legend or the Will Smith film of the same name. The Matheson novel is a copyrighted work that has only been licensed three times for film adaptations; the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth starring Vincent Price, the 1971 film The Omega Man starring Charlton Heston and the 2007 film I Am Legend starring Will Smith.

Those are movies they have already released, later this year we get the treat, 100,000,000 B.C., after Roland Emmerichs 10,000 B.C. I have never watched any of these except for Snakes On A Train, which is fucking great. I mean, the end of the movie has well, a giant snake, eating a train.

Keep up the good work Asylum!

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