You might also notice that both times I put the word “original” in quotes.
That’s because all of our movies are original. And none of them are.
You see, I’m a firm believer in that old adage that ‘there are only about seven original plots and every other story is just a variation (and if I weren’t so lazy I’d look up who said that and give proper attribution).’
As with all of our Mockbusters, we’re getting a lot of shit on the message boards about BATTLE OF LOS ANGELES (available here). No surprise. What I don’t understand is why no one is criticizing “Battle: Los Angeles.” There were two alien invasion movies released in theatres this year. Does Sony get a pass because theirs is more successful? Or is it because they didn’t call it “Skylight?”
There’s nothing original about alien invasion movies. They made another one three years ago (a remake of a 1951 film), and another one six years ago (a remake of a 1953 film).
The Asylum has made three “2012″ films (one of them almost two years before the Roland Emmerich movie) because people are interested in the 2012 phenomenon (and because titles that start with numbers are listed first on VOD menus).
Saying we’re unoriginal is a false criticism. If we’re guilty of anything, it’s shameless marketing.
Oh, and Matthew, about BORN BAD, I’ve also said before that The Asylum never makes a movie unless we have a pretty good idea where we’re going to sell it.
Think about it…