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YMMV: The Asylum

  • Classically Trained Extra/What The Hell, Casting Agency?: A lot of older actors can be found, desperately looking for work.
  • Memetic Mutation: Aside from all the usual mockery reserved for the company. Sharknado has become a big Internet sensation in and of itself.
  • Narm
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: After Universal sued them over their Battleship mockbuster American Battleship (which was later renamed American Warships and given new cover art), The Asylum responded by thanking Universal for the press... after mocking and insulting Universal's movie. One must admit, for all their lack of class and talent, The Asylum certainly doesn't lack balls.
    “The timing of Universal’s recently filed lawsuit coincides with mixed reviews of its big-budget film, Battleship — the first movie based on a board game since Clue. Looking for a scapegoat, or more publicity, for its pending box-office disaster, the executives at Universal filed this lawsuit in fear of a repeat of the box office flop, John Carter of Mars. The Universal action is wholly without merit and we will vigorously defend their claims in Court. Nonetheless, we appreciate the publicity.
    • A few months later, this was subverted when Warner Bros. sued The Asylum, with similar results to Universal's suit, over The Hobbit mockbuster Age of the Hobbits. The Asylum film had to be renamed Clash of the Empires and would not see the light of day for more than two months. An Unexpected Journey got far more critical respect and was a major box office hit vis-ŕ-vis Battleship.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Especially their "Some Giant Monster vs. Some Other Giant Monster" movies, which have a cult following.
  • Special Effects Failure: The standard quality for these movies; but it really says something when both the director and VFX provider of Transmorphers (Leigh Scott and Synapse FX, respectively) say the effects are garbage.
  • Stock Footage Failure: In some films you could make a drinking game out of how many times they reuse stock footage. American Warships is a prime example.
    • It's even better if you watch certain movies back-to-back, as stock footage reuse is done across movies as well. The Terminators main control building is a Japanese government building in Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus; not to mention the sonar/radar/space GPS screens being exactly the same.
  • They Just Didn't Care: It's clearly obvious by the making of features that they put almost no effort in their films and are only out to make a quick buck.


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