Today brings the first trailer for Ape vs Monster. This is the latest mockbuster from the folks at The Asylum, which specializes in this sort of thing and has been doing it successfully for years. In this case, they cut from a similar fabric Godzilla vs. Kong, which has been making its way to destruction at the global box office lately. As such, the studio decided to make their own low budget film, in which a gigantic monster-lizard fights an equally huge monkey.
The trailer opens with a team of soldiers discovering a giant and deadly ape in the desert. Unfortunately, a mysterious substance that leads to huge growth has been splashed onto the desert floor, which another local creature discovers and ingests. As you might expect, the two monsters find themselves on a collision course with each other, ultimately leading to a massive, destructive brawl in Washington DC. It’s total destruction and chaos from there.
For those who may not be familiar with the work of The Asylum, the independent studio was originally founded in 1997. They have gained notoriety for producing low budget blockbusters that often mirror recent Hollywood blockbusters. or to come. Thus, they were nicknamed mockbusters. Some examples include Atlantic Rim, Abraham Lincoln vs Zombies, and Triassic World. They are also behind Syfy’s Sharknado franchise, as well as the Z Nation TV show.
But the studio sometimes finds itself in trouble for those riffs on popular films. Several lawsuits have been filed over the years as a result of these live-action Asylum movies. In 2008, they were sued by Fox for The day the earth stood still, which reflected The day the earth stood still. 2012 saw Universal challenge American battleship, who was apparently riffing Battleship, adapted from the popular game of the same name. Asylum later changed the title to American warships. Warner Bros. also came after them in 2013 on The Age of Hobbits, which was coming out around the same time as The Hobbit. The title was then changed to Lord of the Elves.
In Monkey vs monster, an ape lost in space crashes to Earth, oozing a gigantic mud, him and a passing desert creature, leading to an all-out brawl for Earth. As the artwork teases, it will be “the greatest of all time.” The best movie? The biggest fight? It is currently unclear. What is clear is that the studio isn’t afraid to hype the low budget monsters ahead of its release.
There is no word yet on a release date for the film. Although with an online trailer and Godzilla vs. Kong in the midst of its theatrical run, Ape vs Monster can’t be far behind. Be sure to check out the trailer for yourself and be on the lookout for Ape vs Monster later this year from Asylum.
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