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Mockbusters: Way Worse Than The Worst Blockbusters

1. A “mockbuster” is a movie intentionally made to seem so similar to another mass market film that it tricks customers into spending money on it, rather than the mass market version.

A "mockbuster" is a movie intentionally made to seem so similar to another mass market film that it tricks customers into spending money on it, rather than the mass market version.

Seen very obviously here.

Source: amazon.com  /  via: blogs.bet.com

2. “Age of the Hobbits” is a recent entry by production company The Asylum in a long, weird tradition of mockbusters.

"Age of the Hobbits" is a recent entry by production company The Asylum in a long, weird tradition of mockbusters.

It’s now going by the title “Clash of the Empires” due to screamingly obvious legal issues.

3. Warner Bros has brought its massive legal hammer down on The Asylum, who responded awesomely.

Warner Bros has brought its massive legal hammer down on The Asylum, who responded awesomely.

It’s these hobbits – lower-case h – not these Hobbits.

4. It even says so right on the movie poster!

It even says so right on the movie poster!

Tricksy little Hobbitses. Alas, they still had to change the name.

Source: diviks.net

5. This is hardly the first (or last) time the Asylum’s tried the ol’ “trick customers into buying our DVDs,” business model, either.

This is hardly the first (or last) time the Asylum's tried the ol' "trick customers into buying our DVDs," business model, either.
Source: theasylum.cc

6. “Jack The Giant Killer” is coming out on March 12, “Jack The Giant Slayer” on March 1.

"Jack The Giant Killer" is coming out on March 12, "Jack The Giant Slayer" on March 1.
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: screenrant.com

7. “Hansel & Gretel” came out January 8 this year, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” came out January 17.

"Hansel & Gretel" came out January 8 this year, "Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters" came out January 17.

8. “Grimm’s Snow White”, “Snow White & The Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror” were all released in 2012.

"Grimm's Snow White", "Snow White & The Huntsman" and "Mirror Mirror" were all released in 2012.

Source. Source. Source.

9. “American Warships” and “Battleship” both came out in 2012.

"American Warships" and "Battleship" both came out in 2012.

This one makes a lot more sense when you learn Universal forced The Asylum to change it from American Battleship.

Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

10. 2011 saw the following movies:

2011 saw the following movies:
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: imdb.com

Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

13. 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” was followed by 2010’s “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes” from The Asylum.

2009's "Sherlock Holmes" was followed by 2010's "Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes" from The Asylum.

We assume The Asylum’s delay was due to adding in the krakens and fire-breathing dinosaurs.

Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

14. In 2008, The Asylum’s title guy took it easy.

In 2008, The Asylum's title guy took it easy.

15. He was really phoning it in.

He was really phoning it in.

Those are seriously posters for two different movies.

Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

16. But they got the Insane Clown Posse for Death Racers, so we’re willing to forgive it.

But they got the Insane Clown Posse for Death Racers, so we're willing to forgive it.
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

17. 2007 saw the rise of the Transmorphers.

2007 saw the rise of the Transmorphers.
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

18. 2006 had snakes on the brain.

2006 had snakes on the brain.
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: impawards.com

19. And sure, “The Da Vinci Code” had Tom Hanks, but the Asylum’s version had TREASURE.

And sure, "The Da Vinci Code" had Tom Hanks, but the Asylum's version had TREASURE.

20. The Asylum’s mockbuster track record goes back to 2005’s “H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds”, released one day before Steven Spielberg’s “War of the Worlds”.

The Asylum's mockbuster track record goes back to 2005's "H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds", released one day before Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds".
Source: theasylum.cc  /  via: en.wikipedia.org

21. But they’re not the only ones in the mockbuster game. Gaiam made “Chop Kick Panda” in 2011.

But they're not the only ones in the mockbuster game. Gaiam made "Chop Kick Panda" in 2011.
Source: avclub.com

22. They also made “Kiara the Brave” in 2011 to go along with Brightspark’s “Braver”.

They also made "Kiara the Brave" in 2011 to go along with Brightspark's "Braver".
Source: forbes.com  /  via: hollywoodreporter.com

23. And both companies had a go at “Happy Feet”.

And both companies had a go at "Happy Feet".

Source. Source. Source.

24. The Asylum should really give its own original properties more of a shot.

The Asylum should really give its own original properties more of a shot.

Especially when they have the rights to monsters named “Megashark”, “Crocosaurus”, and “Gatoroid”.

Source: theasylum.cc
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