Is there a record for how many films one movie can blatantly rip off within the space of a trailer? Asking for a friend.
Or perhaps I’m asking because I just watched the trailer for The Jurassic Games. This straight-to-VOD movie arrives in June from “Uncork’d Entertainment,” that great studio with a broken website, which apparently brought us such classics as Spaghetti Man, Peelers and The Terrible Two. Haven’t heard of those? Well, please enjoy the below image, clipped from the latter’s poster.
Oh yeah, we’re definitely in good hands here. On the surface, The Jurassic Games is obviously a mishmash of Jurassic World and The Hunger Games, rolled together into one whole with the kind of title that can’t help but remind you of mockbuster kings The Asylum, producers of the Sharknado series. Of course, can you really be said to be ripping off The Hunger Games, when The Hunger Games was just a Battle Royale rip off to begin with? Etc, etc. Here’s your synopsis:
Starring Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3) and Perrey Reeves (‘’Entourage’’), the film imagines a world set in the near future wherein ten Death Row convicts are chosen to compete in The Jurassic Games, the ultimate virtual reality game show that pits its players against dinosaurs and each other. However, there is a catch… If you die in the virtual game, you also die in reality; and for Anthony Tucker (Adam Hampton), survival is his one chance to be reunited with his children after having been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of his wife. As the devious The Host continues adding improbable challenges, the characters will find the odds stacked against them as only one victor can emerge as winner and reclaim their freedom.
The Jurassic Games is “the third film from Emmy Award-winning director Ryan Bellgardt,” who curiously has direct-to-video films listed as his accomplishments (Army of the Frankensteins) in the press release, rather than the thing he apparently won an Emmy for. Is a Daytime Emmy really that shameful a thing to possess?
The Jurassic Games hits VOD on June 12 and DVD (because we know you want a physical copy of this thing) on July 3. Watch the trailer below and revel in its low-budget familiarity.