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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 4:40 pm 
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The usual reaction towards The Asylum is just to dismiss them as shameless hack ripoff merchants, but they're not doing anything that numerous other production companies and even major studios have been doing for decades (to quote just one example, in 1989 Carolco's DeepStar Six, MGM's Leviathan and the Roger Corman-produced Lords of the Deep all cashed in on the release of The Abyss). If anything, with their blatant soundalike titles The Asylum are simply being more honest and upfront about it than most. And while I won't deny that they've made their fair share of bad movies, in my humble opinion they've produced quite a few low budget gems as well (plus films that although seriously flawed, remain highly watchable). I'll happily defend the likes of Merlin and the War of the Dragons, Dracula's Curse, Grimm's Snow White, Battle of Los Angeles, 3 Musketeers, Almighty Thor, Sinister Squad, Transmorphers, Jack the Giant Killer, Death Racers, Hansel & Gretel and it's sequel Hansel vs Gretel, Nazis at the Centre of the Earth, Little Dead Rotting Hood, Mercenaries, Sherlock Holmes, and my all-time personal favourite Asylum movie, Avengers Grimm;


Ultimately, I admire The Asylum for constantly trying to punch above their weight, even if they don't always succeed. They've actually been moving away from mockbusters in recent years, concentrating more on their gonzo shark franchises (Sharknado, Mega Shark, Multiple Headed Shark Attack, etc) which I confess I'm not a fan of. But they haven't given up on the mockbusters entirely. Recent and upcoming Asylum films include Operation Dunkirk, Atlantic Rim: Resurrection, Tomb Invader, and one I'm really looking forward to - Avengers Grimm: Time Wars.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:00 am 
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fenris wrote:
and one I'm really looking forward to - Avengers Grimm: Time Wars.


Just been on Syfy UK and available on Sky Catch Up/Now TV.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 9:23 pm 
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Just been on Syfy UK and available on Sky Catch Up/Now TV.

Yep, I noticed it in the TV listings last weekend, but I don't have Sky. Syfy UK's screening may well have been the film's world premiere, as - after a quick search - I haven't found any indication that it's been shown or made available in America or anywhere else yet. In fact, due to The Asylum being routinely lax in updating their official website and YouTube channel, the trailer still hasn't been posted on-line.


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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 9:26 pm 
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Over two weeks after Avengers Grimm: Time Wars was shown on the Syfy UK channel and made available via various streaming services, the trailer has (finally!) been posted on-line;



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Have seen Avengers Grimm: Time Wars and really enjoyed it, though if you're not already a fan or admirer of The Asylum's output, I doubt Time Wars will convert you. While the original Avengers Grimm and spin-off film Sinister Squad were both written and directed by Jeremy Inman, with Time Wars Inman only provides the script and directing duties are handled by longtime Asylum staffer Max Elfeldt. Inman's screenplay impressively expands upon the world-building he conducted in the previous two films. In Avengers Grimm, the Magic Mirror - a portal between worlds - was shattered, and Sinister Squad dealt with the aftermath, as the walls separating various dimensions broke down and realms started to overlap and bleed into one another. Alice (herself a seasoned mirror traveller) established Looking Glass, a holding facility for troublesome individuals from other worlds who had been unleashed upon 'our' Earth, staffed by various characters from Wonderland and the Grimm-world. In Time Wars, the surface world comes under attack from the forces of Queen Magda of Atlantis (played by Katherine Maya) - visually inspired by Aquaman and Mera from the Justice League movie, and presumably supposed to be Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, Gone Bad (in case you're wondering why she's not called Ariel, Andersen never named her in his original story - it was Disney who came up with the Ariel moniker, and if The Asylum had identified her as such, they no doubt would have received a swift phone call from the House of Mouse's legal department). Magda is pursuing Prince Charming (Michael Marcel), Snow White's ex who vanished on the eve of their wedding several years earlier, having been lured into a trap by Magda and subsequently held prisoner until his recent escape. Charming has the film's McGuffin, a magical ring that will bestow upon who'sever finger he willingly places it on complete & absolute power over... well, basically everything.

Inman clearly knows that continuity is important to movie and comic book fans, and takes time to explain why some characters from the previous films are absent (when actor availability and/or a restricted budget were no doubt the real reasons), though some of his explanations are pleasingly cheeky: "Trust the rest of the Squad to be on holiday when we're facing an invasion" mutters Alice.

Having upgraded Looking Glass from it's initial warehouse location to a high-tech skyscraper, Alice and her faithful second-in-command Hatter (Christina Licciardi and Randall Yarbrough respiring their roles from Sinister Squad) awaken Snow White, whose body instinctively froze itself to recover from the injuries sustained at the conclusion of Avengers Grimm, reunite her with Sleeping Beauty and Red Riding Hood, and set them to work locating Charming and foiling Magda's schemes. Also getting involved is Rumpelstiltskin, the Big Bad in Avengers Grimm who was pressganged into assisting Alice in Sinister Squad. Portrayed by Eric Feltes (the third actor to play the role in this series), he continues - as he did in Squad - to take advantage of the situation & play both sides against one another, successfully conspiring to activate fragments of the Mirror and trap Snow, Beauty and Red by bouncing them around between different worlds and timestreams.

Lauren Parkinson as Snow White and Marah Fairclough as Sleeping Beauty both return from the first Avengers Grimm. Parkinson gets an effective action sequence as Snow is confronted at the burial site of her closest friends by a hulking Merman assassin who'd been specifically tasked with killing her, and makes impromptu use of grave markers to defend herself. Fairclough's Sleeping Beauty was memorably prissy and snide in the previous movie, and although she's mellowed considerably, her banter with Red Riding Hood still contains a pleasing degree of snark. Elizabeth Eileen plays Red, but looks so identical to Elizabeth Peterson who played the role in the earlier Grimm that I believe she must be the same actress, though the IMDB currently lists them as two separate performers. Regardless, Eileen is clearly enjoying herself enormously as the team's resident combat specialist and weapons expert, dispatching Magda's minions with knives, swords, her trusty bow & arrows, and - proving how well Red has adapted to our world - producing hand grenades and twin revolvers from under her cloak. Hatter was portrayed as a permanently spaced out acid casualty in Sinister Squad, but seems slightly more grounded this time round - most of the time, anyway. Displaying an impeccable English accent, Christina Licciardi's Alice was the best thing about Squad, and she's equally good here. Having initially been a Nick Fury/Amanda Waller figure, Alice is now revealed to have her own superpower, and it's perfectly in keeping with Lewis Carroll's original stories. And as Prince Charming, Marcel gives a nicely judged & winningly tongue-in-cheek performance of a handsome, brave, deep-voiced, utterly sincere, impossibly perfect and sickeningly noble fairytale hero.

At the time of writing, superhero movies remain in vogue and highly popular. As a result, I hope we haven't seen the last of The Asylum's Avengers Grimmverse. I would certainly welcome further adventures.


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Better late than never. Four years after it was released in America and other countries to coincide with the Robocop remake, The Asylum's Android Cop is getting an official DVD release in the UK. According to Amazon, it will be available from 30th October.



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 7:43 pm 
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fenris wrote:
Upcoming Asylum films include Tomb Invader and Avengers Grimm: Time Wars.

According to Amazon, Avengers Grimm: Time Wars and Tomb Invader are being released on DVD in the UK on 27th August and 17th September respectively.



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The Asylum have announced production of Nazi Overlord, their mockbuster take on upcoming studio movie Overlord (which is rumoured to be part of the Cloverfield franchise). Here's the official synopsis: 'A D-Day rescue mission turns deadly when a band of soldiers discovers a group of Nazis creating horrific experiments that will all but ensure Allied defeat if the creations escape.'

Intriguingly, amongst the announced cast is Dominique Swain, who previously starred in the Asylum's Nazis at the Centre of the Earth (2012, trailer below), suggesting a direct link between both films.



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Coming soon from The Asylum - Alien Predator! Here's the official synopsis: 'A black ops reconnaissance team is sent to investigate the crash of an unidentified aircraft. When they arrive, they find strange markings and residue visible only in infrared. As the team gets deeper in and tries to figure out the source of the markings, they discover that they are being hunted by an alien expedition to Earth.'

This isn't the first time The Asylum have ventured into Predator territory. They previously produced Alien vs Hunter (2007) and Alien Origin (2012). Here's the trailer for the latter;



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fenris wrote:
Coming soon from The Asylum - Alien Predator!

Trailer for Alien Predator, mostly consisting of people yelling and firing machine guns at something off-camera;



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fenris wrote:
The Asylum have announced production of Nazi Overlord, their mockbuster take on upcoming studio movie Overlord. Here's the official synopsis: 'A D-Day rescue mission turns deadly when a band of soldiers discovers a group of Nazis creating horrific experiments that will all but ensure Allied defeat if the creations escape.'
Trailer for Nazi Overlord, and based on first impressions, it doesn't quite seem to be the simple and straightforward Nazi zombie movie that we were expecting;


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Have to confess, this is not a mockbuster I was expecting. It's also hard to judge from the trailer alone exactly what the movie's about - it seems to have an experimental robot running amok ("Hornet's gone rogue!") in the middle of a zombie outbreak, with a UFO thrown in. However, the official synopsis on The Asylum's website makes things a little clearer, and also clarifies that instead of being the primary threat, the big 'bot is actually the film's hero: 'An alien race, intent on decimating mankind and repopulating the Earth, brainwashes humans to carry out acts of destruction. With the military powerless, humanity's only hope lies in an untested, hi-tech mech-bot… but will it be enough?'

This is actually The Asylum's third venture into Transformers territory. Transmorphers (2007) was the mockbuster that arguably first brought the company to wider attention, and was a surprisingly watchable Future War film, but prequel Transmorphers: Fall of Man (2009) proved to be a disappointment.


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According to Amazon, Nazi Overlord is being released on DVD in the UK as Mission Overlord on 4th February, Alien Predator is being released on 18th March, and despite only being released in the UK last September, Tomb Invader is being re-released on 4th March under the title The Tomb: Heart of the Dragon.


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The next upcoming mockbuster from The Asylum is Monster Island, their take on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and I have to confess I've got mixed feelings about it. While I'm generally a fan of The Asylum and their output, I've found their previous attempts at giant monster movies - the Mega Shark series and Atlantic Rim - to be quite dull and disappointing (can't comment on Atlantic Rim: Resurrection and Megalodon as I've not seen them). But perhaps Monster island will prove to be an exception.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:56 pm 
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fenris wrote:
The next upcoming mockbuster from The Asylum is Monster Island, their take on Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Trailer for Monster Island, with Eric Roberts continuing The Asylum tradition (established by Michael Madsen in Megalodon) of 'Admiral with non-regulation haircut.'

Have to say, this doesn't look too bad, though the proof will be in the watching.


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