The Asylum is an American independent film and television production and distribution company which specializes in low-budget genre films, particularly "mockbusters" of popular Hollywood films. It has produced numerous giant monster movies, including a Mega Shark series which largely eschewed the mockbuster model.
David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, and Sherri Strain founded The Asylum in 1997. Its first feature was Killer, released the same year. The company's breakthrough came in 2005 with H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, released on DVD one day before the Paramount film based on the same book arrived in theaters. The Asylum continues this strategy to this day, though it has faced legal action from Warner Bros. and Paramount over specific titles. Outside of mockbusters, it is best-known for the Sharknado and Mega Shark film series, as well as the Syfy series Z Nation.
- King of the Lost World (2005) [mockbuster of King Kong (2005)]
- Monster (2008) [mockbuster of Cloverfield]
- Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus (2009)
- Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus (2010)
- Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark (2013)
- Atlantic Rim (2013) [mockbuster of Pacific Rim]
- Mega Shark vs. Kolossus (2015)
- Atlantic Rim: Resurrection (2018) [mockbuster of Pacific Rim Uprising]
- Monster Island (2019) [mockbuster of Godzilla: King of the Monsters]
- Monster Hunters (2020) [mockbuster of Monster Hunter]
- Ape vs. Monster (2021) [mockbuster of Godzilla vs. Kong]
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