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More Shameless Crap Escapes from The Asylum

You've got to hand it to The Asylum, the once-daring direct-to-DVD company that launched Stuart Gordon's "King of the Ants." The Horror Channel has run a hilarious piece about the company's tendency of late to release blatant rip-offs of more mainstream films and to time those releases accordingly.

What makes the issue truly amusing is that all of the films The Horror Channel accuses The Asylum of aping are themselves either rip-offs (remakes) or in some way intellectually crippled: "When a Stranger Calls," "King Kong," "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," "The Hills Have Eyes." It's a clear case of fate catching up with Hollywood's laziest habits. Maybe The Asylum will get slapped with the lawsuit The Horror Channel feels they so richly deserve, but if you ask me, their use of this material might amount to little more than parody (have we forgotten the Roger Corman-produced "Carnosaur," which was released the same year as "Jurassic Park"?). And let's face it, if you rent something called "When a Killer Calls" and expect it to be a knockout, you get what you deserve.--Pete Mesling

Posted by Pete on February 5, 2006 2:13 PM
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