Over the last decade The Asylum has become synonymous with low budget Hollywood rip-offs, which they playfully call mockbusters. These films are exact copies of their Hollywood counterparts, in fact many times The Asylum movies have nothing in common with their bigger budget brethren other than name. For those tricked by this ruse they often feel ripped-off, and to be fair their expectations are set for hundred million dollar budgets. This list is the top 5 mockbusters from The Asylum that surprise and prove that these guys aren’t out to just fool people into buying their products, they want to entertain as well.
There are two kinds of films released from distribution house The Asylum. They are either low-budget guilty pleasures or wretchedly unwatchable genre schlock, fortunately Air Collision falls into the former category. This is arguably the most polished production yet from The Asylum, but hey; who wants to argue? Air Collision features a few recognizable faces and a well worn storyline, but it is competently told, and showcases decent B-Movie filmmaking. The use of stock footage from other Asylum productions is evident but it helps keep the film aloft through a soggy second act.
2 1/2 Stars
A taunt low budget western from ‘The Asylum’ films. The opening 15 minutes, methodically chronicles the sadistic treatment of a family by a gang of bloodthirsty outlaws. By the end of the sequence the family members are murdered, and a woman is viciously raped. It’s an effective passage, but it is also hard to stomach. All the more compliment to director Van Dyke for creating a sense of dread during these dark moments.
Prolific film producers ‘The Asylum’ pumped out this surprisingly enjoyable low-budget ‘Planet of the Apes’/’John Carter of Mars’ rip-off. Antonio Sabato Jr is the displaced American solider on a foreign planet. Enslaved by the local species he must win their respect through his skills as a warrior, and his jumping ability. Yes, his ability to leap hundreds of feet in a single hop. As with all ‘Asylum’ productions; the less questions asked the better. Continue reading