Sunday, May 24, 2015

Don't Be Fooled

I love this time of year when the cheap knockoff direct to video features compete with the big Hollywood blockbusters out there by making nearly the exact same type of movie. Most are not worth the time it takes to watch the trailer but anything with killer dinosaurs out there always gets my attention. I also like the way the creators don't care that everyone knows the exact movie they are ripping off.

When a top-secret laboratory is unexpectedly breached, thousands of rampaging raptors are unleashed on Los Angeles! A black-ops unit is mobilized to contain the creatures before they cause city-wide chaos. Simultaneously, a truckload of raptors is rerouted to a nearby prison. Upon their escape, these ferocious flesh-eaters are beyond containment. This is Jurassic judgment night for smoking hot sorority girls, sinister scientists, muscle-bound military and doomed death-row inmates! It's about to get bloody in Jurassic City!

This one doesn't even TRY to change to title from the big budget San Andreas movie starting the Rock. Again the Hollywood movie will have amazing effects that this low budget film can't hope to compete with. I also like to watch movies with stars that have at least a little bit of charisma.

When a discredited L.A. Seismologist warns of an impending 12.7 earthquake, no one takes her seriously. Now on her own, she races desperately to get her family to safety before the earthquake breaks Los Angeles apart from the mainland.

How do films like this make any money? Most don't even make it to television and they certainly aren't in theatres. They always appear on the torrent sites so I can watch it for free whenever I want. Do the creators rely on stupid people who can't tell the difference between the real thing and the knock-off and thus purchase these films in Walmart?  At least in the 80s there were video rental fees to count on. I know there were many times when I watch something terrible just because it had nice looking box art. Either of these posters would have sucked me in back then.

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