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Will in Seattle 1
Still waiting for Abraham Lincoln vs the Mer-People.
Posted by Will in Seattle http://www.facebook.com/WillSeattle on December 11, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
wisepunk 2
Starring Teal'c (the big alien guy from the stargate TV show), that super hot CRAZY chinese lady that aways gets nekkid (!) and a bunch of central american little people. WHY ARE YOU STOPPING ME FROM SEEING THIS, PETER JACKSON?
Posted by wisepunk on December 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM · Report this
Former Lurker 3
@1 LOL!
Posted by Former Lurker on December 11, 2012 at 1:59 PM · Report this
SPG 4
The problem is that these companies make these movies (if you can even call them that) with the sole purpose of confusing people into buying their product. The trailer is one thing, but ever see one of these on the shelf? It looks as close to the real thing as possible without being identical. Grandma's and people with limited english skills are the most common victims.
Posted by SPG on December 11, 2012 at 2:01 PM · Report this
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The Tolkien estate has been really rabid for years on protecting its IP. They've been preventing anyone else from using the word "hobbit" for decades (hence D&D using the word "halfling" after its initial publication). So I'm going to guess the movie guys weren't necessarily the driving force behind this. If they were so interested in shutting this sort of thing down why is the one time they followed through.

Also judging by the ethnicity of those midgets, and the general stone age setting it looks like Age of The Hobbits might have been based on these guys:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_floren…
Posted by Ryuthrowsstuff on December 11, 2012 at 2:05 PM · Report this
Jason Josephes 6
Network Awesome did a whole weekend devoted to knockoffs. Here's the second day's installment (and you can find the first in the archives) http://networkawesome.com/2012-11-18/bat…
Posted by Jason Josephes http://www.myspace.com/bluemoonseattle on December 11, 2012 at 2:30 PM · Report this
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These guys, and even (God help me) the Sci-Fi* Channel fill a void left by the end of double-features that needed a B- or Z-picture, and of the drive-in. Where else are eventually-good actors and directors (and sets, makeup, warddrobe, p.a.'s, editors,...) going to (quite possibly) stink, shielded by obscurity and very low profit expectations?

*Okay, it's now called 'Syfylis'.
Posted by Gerald Fnord on December 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM · Report this
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GO BOTS WERE FIRST.
Posted by it is true on December 11, 2012 at 2:55 PM · Report this
GlennFleishman 9
Why is the music near the end the Ukrainian "Hark How the Bells" music?
Posted by GlennFleishman http://blog.glennf.com/ on December 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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Is that Bai Ling?
Posted by MLM on December 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
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No one should have to be the bottom feeders. The government should force talented directors to contribute a certain amount of time each year to helping shitty studios touch up their films.
Posted by DisorganizedReligion on December 11, 2012 at 2:59 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 12
The video is private. Oh well.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on December 11, 2012 at 3:29 PM · Report this
Simone 13
"confusion among customers"

You mean idiot customers who can't tell the difference.
Posted by Simone on December 11, 2012 at 3:43 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 14
You guys are probably already familiar with this, but it's well worth your time if not.

http://www.onthemedia.org/2012/nov/23/pr…

On The Media did a segment (sure it's podcastable somewhere) on knockoff books sold via Amazon that's the literary equivalent of this. They say the books are often more like pamphlets printed in gigantic fonts. And sell pretty well (relatively speaking, of course) unfortunately.
Posted by mikethehammer on December 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 15
Though I'm guessing you'll assert that anyone purchasing "35 Shades of Grey" gets what they deserve, regardless of whether or not it's what they were seeking.
Posted by mikethehammer on December 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM · Report this
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Wait a minute ...

"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" WASN'T a mockbuster of "Lincoln" ?!?
Posted by Robby on December 11, 2012 at 4:58 PM · Report this
well_now 17
You left out Megashark vs. Giant Octopus! That was a spectacular film. Also Megapiranha.
Posted by well_now on December 11, 2012 at 6:15 PM · Report this
Michael of the Green 18
Are they the ones who made "Battle of Los Angeles" that came out around the time of the big-budget "Battle: Los Angeles"? I admit to falling for that one. It was totally unwatchable, but I'm sure they get some good cash from those they fool (like me). Hard to imagine how they sleep at night, working within this business model. Ick.

(Incidentally, when I eventually saw "Battle: Los Angeles", I felt equally icky)
Posted by Michael of the Green on December 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
Bemusedchicken 19
it has bai ling in it...so obviously its a stinker.
Posted by Bemusedchicken on December 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
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Why don't they just make them parodies? The box is what they are selling and then they would be clear legally.
Posted by Spike1382 on December 11, 2012 at 10:32 PM · Report this
fletc3her 21
I wish Redbox would stop carrying the "mockbusters". Leave them to syfy or whatever.
Posted by fletc3her on December 11, 2012 at 11:36 PM · Report this
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I can't believe you tossed Corman in with this lot. He made paradies for sure but not copycat knockoffs.
Posted by LiberatusQuirkus on December 12, 2012 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Simone 23
Well I managed to see the video by bypassing the private settings by using MacTubes. It looks like it has nothing to do with the Hobbit story line at all.
Posted by Simone on December 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM · Report this

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