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'MILF'

by Bill Gibron

31 October 2010

 
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MILF

Director: Scott Wheeler
Cast: Jack Cullison, Philip Marlatt, Amy Lindsay, Joseph Booton, Ramon Camacho

(The Asylum)
US DVD: 26 Oct 2010

They have been around forever, their cut-rate commerciality indicative of a serious slash and burn business modeling. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, they were the cinematic companions to the main feature, a “B” offering meant to seen before (or after) the A list entry. In the ‘50s and through ‘70s, they were drive-in fare, schlock solid rip-offs meant to emulate the mainstream without requiring a 100% focused backseat attention span. By the ‘80s, and the advent of the VCR, they were known as ‘direct to video’ fodder, films and franchises that, again, copied established titles without taking the time to mimic their talent, aesthetic, etc. Today, in the world of digital formatting and legitimate/illegal downloading, they’ve got kicky, clever names like “Mockbusters” and “Unpopcorn” flicks.

This is the world of The Asylum, an independent production and distribution house that has sent Messageboard Nation into a tizzy with their genial knock-offs of recognizable Tinseltown types. With amazing epics like 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Bram Stoker’s Dracula’s Curse, Transmorphers, and perhaps most memorably, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, the company’s quirky no to low budget aims seem crystal clear - tap into a current motion picture zeitgeist, cobble together a recognizable response, and do so with campy, kitschy creativity. Roger Corman used to do something similar back in the day (like prepping and releasing Carnosaur within weeks of Spielberg’s Jurassic Park), but Asylum takes their amiable aggressiveness to innovative, industrious levels.

MILF

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