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Asylum Mega International Down-and-Dirty Costume Contest

Oct 29, 2014 by Marie in Headline, News, Other, Releases, VIP

Asylum fans, we know some of you are going all out for Halloween this year! Whether you’re dressing as a Sharknado, a Z from Z Nation, 2-headed shark, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, or anything else that’s ever been in an Asylum film, we want to see those costumes—and we have a prize for best in show.

 

We’ll show off our favorite costumes on our Facebook page, and the best costume will win a library of ten films from The Asylum.

 

To enter, like us on Facebook, then send a photo and a brief description of your costume to contest@theasylum.cc or post it to our Facebook page by the end of the day Tuesday, November 4th. Winners will be judged Wednesday, November 5th.

 

Have fun – and don’t forget to tune into an all-new Z Nation on Halloween night! 10 pm, only on Syfy.

 

A fan shows his Sharknado pride - you can too!

A fan shows his Sharknado pride – you can too!

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Everybody Has One

Jun 26, 2014 by Paul in Headline, News, Other

I miss posting here, but I’m just far too busy these days to write things no one reads (Marie keeps telling me blogs are so 2009).

Normally I just ignore (or mock) negative emails I receive, but for some reason I’ve felt compelled to respond to this one:

This is not a letter of hate, or a letter of how much i like your “Films” But a letter of reason.

I don’t hate your films, but i don’t like them

Why do you bother making low-budget cheaply made films, with terrible actors and visuals? Can’t you think of your own creation without copying or mocking someone’s masterpiece? To be honest, i can’t believe that you haven’t been sued yet? What’s the point in making Alien VS Hunter? are you trying to win us over by making some crappy horrible cheap film, that everybody knows is nothing but a piece of shit.

I believe if you want to gain success, to be recognised, to not be considered “A low budget film company” Then I ask, many film makers have done it before, time and time again.. Make you own film for a change, instead of mocking someone else’s because you have no idea, how much time, money and effort goes into making a Blockbuster and we sure don’t need another one of your crappy “Mockbusters” consider this, for once, consider this.. Please

Yours Sincerely
Jeremy

No, Jeremy, yours is not a letter of reason. It’s an opinion.

Ignoring the fact that only about 20% of our movies are Mockbusters, I’ll tell you why we bother making them:

The Asylum has been in business for almost 17 years. We employ and provide benefits to 35 full time employees and production work for thousands of actors, directors, writers, and crew. Our movies have aired on Syfy, Lifetime, Animal Planet, Space, and Showtime. You can find them on Netflix, Hulu, Video-On-Demand, the three or four video stores that still exist, and available in more than 50 countries. We’ve made 200 movies and none of them have lost money.

None of this would be possible if everyone had the same opinion that you do. The fact is, there are millions of people who do like our movies. I’m sorry you’re not one of them.

I do agree with you about one thing though: Alien vs Hunter is a piece of shit.

But that’s just my opinion…

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Call for Artists: Limited-Edition Sharknado 2 Art for Comic-Con!

Jun 10, 2014 by Marie in Headline, News, VIP

We’re looking for great art to commemorate the release of Sharknado 2 this July. Sharknado was arguably the coolest movie event of last year, and Gallery 1988 printed a series of cooler-than-cool limited-edition posters inspired by the film.

 

This year, The Asylum is commissioning artwork for Sharknado 2: The Second One. We’re opening the floor to all talented artists: show us your take on Sharknado 2!

 

The sequel moves the action to New York City, where our heroes must battle an even bigger shark-storm than before. Whether it’s sharks blowing across the New York City skyline or Fin hefting an NYFD chainsaw, we’re confident the premise lends itself to some fantastic art.

 

We’ll unveil the winning artwork at our booth at San Diego Comic-Con, where it’ll be seen and coveted by a crowd of hundreds of thousands (and that’s before it hits the Internet).

 

If you win, you’ll receive $500, and your artwork will be the showpiece of The Asylum’s booth at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be featured on limited-edition prints and t-shirts, plus any other swag we deem worthy of it.

 

Submissions are due by the end of the day on Friday, June 27. Please submit your design as a hi-res image, .pdf or .jpg, to contest@theasylum.cc for judging.

 

We’ll take any and all submissions suitable for printing on a 18×24 poster as well as on a t-shirt. Concept art and unfinished designs are acceptable – if you win, you’ll get another week or so to finalize your image. We will retain all rights to the final art, and reserve the right to print and sell it on any media we choose. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact me at marie@theasylum.cc. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got!

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