-> ''"I think Mockbusters are like store brands. Say youíve got a cold and you walk into your local Walgreens for some medicine (and a pap smear). You see the Sudafed, and right next to it, in a box that looks remarkably similar to the national brand, the storeís own 'Nasal Decongestant.' I donít think most people buy the store brand because they think itís really Sudafed in a different box. I think they buy it because they think it will be similar to Sudafed, only cheaper.\\
Just like our Mockbusters. Theyíre similar to big studio films, only cheaper.\\
And shittier.\\
If thatís possible."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.theasylum.cc/blog/2011/04/in-defense-of-mockbusters/ Paul Bales]]''', Partner/Administrator and Operations of The Asylum

The Asylum is an American production company located in Burbank, California. They are best known for producing horror and science fiction [[TheMockbuster mockbuster]] films and unofficial sequels, often with a lot more graphic violence and sex than their Hollywood competition in order to make up for their low production values.

The company can turn around a movie in four months. This makes it able to produce films on short notice in order to capitalize on the marketing and surging interests generated by blockbuster films. In order to do this, the movies use no-name actors (and/or has-beens) and cheap special effects. The company produces between ten and fifteen movies a year and has released over 300 films to date.

Founded in 1997 by former Village Roadshow executives, The Asylum started out as a run-of-the-mill, low-budget indie studio, specializing in horror films. Their first largely successful film was 2005's ''Creator/HGWells' War of the Worlds'', which was produced to coincide with Steven Spielberg's ''Film/WarOfTheWorlds''. This film's success, largely due to movie rental chains buying it in bulk in order to cash in on the Spielberg version, led The Asylum to its current business model. The company achieved Internet notoriety in 2009 with ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus'', whose trailer went viral on Website/YouTube. Then in 2013 they repeated this phenomenon, to an even greater degree, with ''Film/{{Sharknado}}''.

In 2014 the studio made its first foray into TV production with the typically-shameless ZombieApocalypse [[Series/TheWalkingDead bandwagon]]-[[FollowTheLeader jumper]] ''Series/ZNation'', which [[PlayingAgainstType against pretty much all expectations]] has proven to be... not as completely horrible as its movies.

In 2016, the studio branched out into [=CGI=] movies with the release of ''Izzie's Way Home''.

As the quote shows, they are also fully aware of their status, [[TheBarnum and cheerfully admit it.]]

Their website can be found [[http://www.theasylum.cc/index.php here]].

Definitely not to be confused with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Arkham Asylum]], [[Music/EmilieAutumn The Asylum Emporium]], Literature/TheAsylumForWaywardVictorianGirls or Creator/AsylumVisualEffects. The people running Creator/TheAsylum are also not necessarily RunningTheAsylum.
* ''11/11/11''
** ''Film/TwelveTwelveTwelve''
** ''Film/ThirteenThirteenThirteen''
* ''#1 Cheerleader Camp''
* ''Film/OneHundredFeet''
* ''100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck'' aka ''Paranormal Entity 4: The Awakening''
* ''100 Million Years BC''
* ''18 Year Old Virgin''
* ''2-Headed Shark Attack''
** ''3-Headed Shark Attack''
** ''[[FiveHeadedSharkAttack 5-Headed Shark Attack]]''
* ''200 MPH''
* ''2012: Doomsday''
** ''2012: Ice Age''
** ''2012: Supernova''
* ''30,000 Leagues under the Sea''
* ''Film/FourClosed''
* ''6 Guns''
* ''666: The Beast''
** ''666: The Child''
* ''The 7 Adventures of Sinbad''
* ''8213: Gacy House'' aka ''Paranormal Entity 2''
* ''The 9/11 Commission Report''
* ''Film/AbrahamLincolnVsZombies''
* ''Film/AdoptingTerror''
* ''Film/AgeOfDinosaurs''
* ''Android Cop''
* ''Film/AtlanticRim''
* ''AVH: Alien vs. Hunter''
* ''Airline Disaster''
* ''Alien Abduction''
* ''Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls''
* ''Film/AlmightyThor''
* ''Film/AmericanWarships'' ([[ScrewedByTheLawyers formerly]] ''American Battleship'')
* ''Anneliese: the Exorcist Tapes'' aka ''Paranormal Entity 3: The Exorcist Tapes''
* ''The Apocalypse''
* ''Asian Schoolgirls''
* ''Film/AvengersGrimm''
* ''Ballistica''
* ''Barely Legal''
* ''Battle of Los Angeles''
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting''
* ''Bikini Spring Break''
* ''Film/BloodLakeAttackOfTheKillerLampreys'' (for Creator/AnimalPlanet!)
* ''Bone Alone''
* ''Born Bad''
* ''Film/Bound2015''
* ''Bram Stoker's Dracula's Curse''
* ''[=CarGo=]''
* ''Countdown: Jerusalem''
* ''The Da Vinci Treasure''
* ''The Day the Earth Stopped''
* ''Film/Dead7''
* ''Dead Line''
* ''Film/DeathRacers''
* ''Death Valley: The Revenge of Bloody Bill''
* ''Dragon''
* ''Dragon Crusaders''
* ''Dragonquest'' (no relation to the [[VideoGame/DragonQuest video game]])
* ''Evil''
* ''Evil Eyes''
* ''Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers''
* ''Expired''
* ''Freakshow''
* ''Film/GoldenWinter''
* ''H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds''
* ''Film/HalloweenNight''
* ''Film/HanselAndGretel2013''
* ''Film/HanselVsGretel''
* ''Film/TheHauntingOfWhaleyHouse''
* ''Haunting of Winchester House''
* ''A Haunting in Salem''
* ''Hillside Cannibals''
* ''Film/HoldYourBreath''
* ''I Am Omega''
* ''Intermedio''
* ''Invasion of the Pod People''
* ''Izzie's Way Home''
* ''Jack the Giant Killer''
* ''Film/Jailbait2014''
* ''Jane White is Sick and Twisted''
* ''Film/JollyRogerMassacreAtCuttersCove''
* ''Journey to the Center of the Earth''
* ''Killers''
** ''Killers 2: The Beast''
* ''King of the Ants''
* ''Film/KingOfTheLostWorld''
* ''The Land that Time Forgot''
* Film/{{Lavalantula}}
** Lavalantula2
* ''The Legend of Bloody Jack''
* ''Film/LegionOfTheDead''
* ''Little Dead Rotting Hood''
* ''Mega Piranha''
* ''Mega Python vs. Gatoroid''
* ''Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus''
** ''Film/MegaSharkVsGiantOctopus''
** Mega Shark v some giant robot
* ''Megafault''
* ''Film/{{Mercenaries}}''
* ''Merlin and the War of the Dragons''
* ''Meteor Apocalypse''
* ''MILF''
* ''Moby ''
* ''Monster''
* ''Nazis at the Center of the Earth''
* ''Paranormal Entity''
* ''Pirates of Treasure Island''
* ''Princess and the Pony''
* ''Princess of Mars''
* ''Film/ScarecrowSlayer''
* ''Sex Pot''
* ''Film/{{Shapeshifter}}''
* ''Film/{{Sharknado}}''
** ''Film/Sharknado2TheSecondOne''
** ''Film/Sharknado3OhHellNo''
** ''Film/SharknadoThe4thAwakens''
** ''Film/Sharknado5GlobalSwarming''
* ''Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes''
* ''Snakes on a Train''
* ''Sorority House Rules''
* ''The Source''/''The Surge''
* ''Street Racer''
* ''Film/SundaySchoolMusical''
* ''The Terminators''
* ''Titanic II''
* ''Film/{{Transmorphers}}''
** ''Transmorphers: Fall of Man'' - A prequel to the above.
* ''Trolland''
* ''Universal Soldiers''
* ''War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave''
* ''Film/WhenAKillerCalls''
* ''Film/{{Zoombies}}''

* ''Series/ZNation''
!!Commonly Associated Tropes
* ArtisticLicense: No need to get specific. We'd be here all day.
* AuthorAppeal: A number of their films involve [[ThreateningShark sharks]] for some reason.
* CaptainErsatz
* CardCarryingVillain: If they have any villain status, they certainly aren't shy about it.
** InvincibleVillain: see NoSell.
* CoolBoat: A particular shot of a battleship appears in several different films.
* CopycatCover
* DownerEnding: Very common in early mockbusters.
* ExploitationFilm: Mockbusting aside, a lot of these films (''especially'' the horror rip-offs) are like modern day Grindhouse flicks.
* JerkassHasAPoint: Apparently started produced mockbusters because "there's no market for originality", citing remakes and sequels in general - between constant profits and dismissal of several (but not all) lawsuits, they're not ''wrong''.
* LighterAndSofter: The Christmas movie Santa Claws from 2014 is the most family friendly film made by the company's standards.
** Somewhere along the line they stopped killing off the protagonist at the end, possibly because anger at the popularity of derivative works was part of the motivation or their mockbusters.
* MarketBasedTitle: ''8213: Gacy House'' was renamed ''[[DolledUpInstallment Paranormal Entity 2]]'' in the UK, presumably because they feared British audiences wouldn't know who John Wayne Gacy was. Similarly, ''Anneliese: the Exorcist Tapes'' and ''100 Ghost Street: The Return of Richard Speck'' were retitled as ''Paranormal Entity 3'' and ''Paranormal Entity 4''.
* TheMockbuster
* NonIndicativeName: ''Titanic II'' isn't actually a sequel to ''[[{{Film/Titanic1997}} Titanic]]''. It's about a modern Titanic replica that runs into iceberg trouble.
* NoSell: If they do the research in one area, it's the extent of making movies different enough to avoid lawsuits; subverted in that on rare occasions, lawsuits do have an effect.
* PublicDomainCharacter: [[Creator/HRiderHaggard Allan Quatermain]], SherlockHolmes, {{Dracula}}, multiple fairy tale characters.
* PublicDomainStories: ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', ''Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds'', ''Literature/MobyDick'', ''Princess of Mars'', ''Land That Time Forgot''
* SelfDeprecation: See the page quote. They have no problem about making fun of themselves.
* SeriesMascot: Sharks pop up a lot, don't they?
* StylisticSuck: Possibly. If nothing else, Scott Foy of Dread Central commented on how their early (then-current) mockbusters were a step down from their earlier films (which some horror sites were fairly impressed by), while the now-defunct SlasherPool noted ''Hillside Cannibals'' wasn't just worse than their earlier ''Detour'' but a lot worse; how much, if any, of this was intended as part of the middle finger at sequels and remakes is unclear.
* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: A number of their horror stories are mockbusters of current movies, but loosely based off of actual people and locations, e.g. the last three ''Paranormal Entity'' films.