Film / Sy Fy Channel Original Movie

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From 2000 to the present day, Syfy (formerly known as Sci-Fi Channel) has produced and financed a number of low-budget, Z-grade horror and sci-fi movies. Many are made by the Mockbuster studio known as The Asylum. The films are notorious for their poor quality and the resulting Snark Bait that makes them wildly hilarious.

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The following tropes frequently appear in these films:

  • Armies Are Evil: Or at least the American military is. It's also damn near omnipresent, as one movie shows that they have a secret base within almost literal spitting distance of Stonehenge (because they are, of course, hoping to weaponize it).
  • B-Movie: Syfy's become the biggest North American outlet for B movies in The New Tens.
  • Disaster Movie: Many movies that aren't monster flicks are instead about some sort of disaster, though the special effects are usually lacking for these to an even greater extent. Taken to its apex by the Sharknado movies, which combine the two genres.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Seriously. Just look at the list of movies in the folder.
  • LEGO Genetics: Animal genes can often be injected into people willy nilly to create part-human hybrids like Mansquito, Sharkman, or Snakeman. This is also the usual explanation for the Mix-and-Match Critters.
  • The Mockbuster: If a hot new fantastic genre film is hitting the big screen on Friday, expect to see the mockbuster version of it on the Saturday night small screen.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Though it didn't start there, the relative success of Sharktopus has prompted a noticeable increase in beasties that combine one or more existing creatures: Piranhaconda, Crocosaurus, Pteracuda, etc.
  • Nuke 'em: Rarely is there a situation in one of these films where someone won't default to "nuke the crap out of it." The few that don't feature that option are usually the "trapped on an X" variant with a tiny cast.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: To be expected, given the ultra-low budget of each film (some high tech firearms appear to be repainted Nerf guns).
  • Rock Monster: The SyFy Channel Original Movie... Rock Monster.
  • Science Is Bad: A disproportionate number of these movies seem to advance the theory that science inevitably leads to giant mutated insects, and explosions are the only thing that can rectify such mistakes.

Alternative Title(s): Syfy Original Movie

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