Creator / The Asylum
"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."
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 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 H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, which was produced to coincide with Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. 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 Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, whose trailer went viral on YouTube. Then in 2013 they repeated this phenomenon, to an even greater degree, with Sharknado.

In 2014 the studio made its first foray into TV production with the typically-shameless Zombie Apocalypse bandwagon-jumper Z Nation, which against pretty much all expectations has proven to be.. not as completely horrible as its movies.

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

Their website can be found here.

Definitely not to be confused with Arkham Asylum, The Asylum Emporium, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls or Asylum Visual Effects. The people running The Asylum are also not necessarily Running the Asylum.


  • Evil
  • Evil Eyes
  • Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers
  • Expired
  • Freakshow
  • Golden Winter
  • H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds
  • Halloween Night
  • Hansel and Gretel (2013)
  • Hansel Vs Gretel
  • The Haunting of Whaley House
  • Haunting of Winchester House
  • A Haunting in Salem
  • Hillside Cannibals
  • Hold Your Breath
  • I Am Omega
  • Intermedio
  • Invasion of the Pod People
  • Jack the Giant Killer
  • Jailbait
  • Jane White is Sick and Twisted
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Killers
  • Killers 2: The Beast
  • King of the Ants
  • King of the Lost World
  • The Land that Time Forgot
  • The Legend of Bloody Jack
  • Legion of the Dead
  • Mega Piranha
  • Mega Python vs. Gatoroid
  • Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus
  • Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus
  • Megafault
  • Mercenaries
  • Merlin and the War of the Dragons
  • Meteor Apocalypse
  • MILF
  • Moby Dick
  • Monster
  • Nazis at the Center of the Earth
  • Paranormal Entity
  • Pirates of Treasure Island
  • Princess and the Pony
  • Princess of Mars
  • Sex Pot
  • Shapeshifter
  • Sharknado
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes
  • Snakes on a Train
  • Sorority House Rules
  • The Source/The Surge
  • Street Racer
  • Sunday School Musical
  • The Terminators
  • Titanic II
  • Transmorphers
    • Transmorphers: Fall of Man - A prequel to the above.
  • Universal Soldiers
  • War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave
  • When a Killer Calls


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