For those who are blissfully unaware of the “movie” studio called The Asylum, all you really need to know is that they make cheap straight-to-DVD knock-offs of big movies. They are pretty notorious to film buffs, as they aren’t exactly subtle about their original source. It’s kind of like a running joke. To give you a better idea, here are the trailers for two of their previous releases, Monster and I Am Omega. See if you can guess what movie they are ripping off.
It looks like the infamous studio is at it again, and this time they’ve picked a film to rip off that hits a little closer to home for us. That’s right, The Asylum has not one, but TWO films based on Roland Emmerich’s upcoming 2012. To be fair, the first one, 2012: DOOMSDAY was released last year, but with the studio’s fast production turn-around, it seems likely it was created during the midst of the film’s original hype. Check out the trailer for that film:
The newer film also strays from the storyline in order to separate it from the big budget Sony blockbuster. 2012: SUPERNOVA was just released on DVD last week, and its plot is harebrained yet intriguing. When a star in a nearby galaxy becomes unstable and goes supernova, an astrophysicist puts together a dangerous and desperate plan to sheild the Earth from the destructive burst of radiation heading toward it. Here is the trailer for that film:
Check out The Asylum homepage for more information on the films, not to mention the awesomely bad trailer for a film called Megafault starring Brittany Murphy. I don’t understand how one studio could make two 2012 films (that are not related from what I can tell) in the span of one year, but I guess that’s The Asylum for you. What do you think?
The real 2012 releases in theaters November 13th.