1. A “mockbuster” is a movie intentionally made to seem so similar to another mass market film that it tricks customers into spending money on it, rather than the mass market version.
Seen very obviously here.
2. “Age of the Hobbits” is a recent entry by production company The Asylum in a long, weird tradition of mockbusters.
It’s now going by the title “Clash of the Empires” due to screamingly obvious legal issues.
3. Warner Bros has brought its massive legal hammer down on The Asylum, who responded awesomely.
4. It even says so right on the movie poster!
Tricksy little Hobbitses. Alas, they still had to change the name.
5. This is hardly the first (or last) time the Asylum’s tried the ol’ “trick customers into buying our DVDs,” business model, either.
6. “Jack The Giant Killer” is coming out on March 12, “Jack The Giant Slayer” on March 1.
7. “Hansel & Gretel” came out January 8 this year, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” came out January 17.
8. “Grimm’s Snow White”, “Snow White & The Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror” were all released in 2012.
9. “American Warships” and “Battleship” both came out in 2012.
This one makes a lot more sense when you learn Universal forced The Asylum to change it from American Battleship.
13. 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” was followed by 2010’s “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes” from The Asylum.
We assume The Asylum’s delay was due to adding in the krakens and fire-breathing dinosaurs.
14. In 2008, The Asylum’s title guy took it easy.
15. He was really phoning it in.
Those are seriously posters for two different movies.