Welcome back to 1 out of 5 – Would Recommend, where this week I discovered the sequel to a previously profiled flick on Amazon Prime and just had to inflict it up my readers share it with you all. It is Sinister Squad, the 2016 sequel to 2015’s Avengers Grimm and a mockbuster of Suicide Squad.
What’s The Plot?
After the shattering of the Magic Mirror and the rending of reality in Avengers Grimm, monsters from the fantasy world are finding their way onto Earth. Alice, a mysterious Earth native who has experience with the fantasy lands, has recruited Tweedledee & Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter, Goldilocks, & the Pied Piper of Hamelin to be her agents and assistants in imprisoning these mystical monsters in a black site called Looking Glass. They’ve captured the Big Bad Wolf, Rumpelstiltskin (who has lost his powers, sanity, and name actor after his defeat in the last flick), Bluebeard, The Queen of Hearts, and the Cannibal Witch. Unfortunately, a siege by a militant cult of whackos called Death’s Messengers force the jailers to ally with their prisoners to save their own skins – and the world.
Who Made This Beautiful Garbage?
The undisputed masters of the mockbuster, the good people at The Asylum. The third entry in this loose trilogy, Avengers Grimm: Time Wars debuted this year.
Five Reasons to See It
- At least six of the eleven fantasy characters featured have been the basis for DC super-villains. I can’t tell if this is deliberate homage or happy coincidence.
- Alice makes a far more compelling Amanda Waller analog than the actual movie version of Amanda Waller.
- Bluebeard and the Cannibal Witch turn in amazingly over the top performance. They’re probably picking chunks of scenery out of their teeth to this day, and it is glorious.
- Death’s Messengers manage to completely miss Goldilocks in a shootout. In a hallway. Where Goldie doesn’t even seek cover until they’re already dead. Makes the mattress warehouse shootout from Avenging Force: The Scarab look sensible.
- “Super BAD. But in a GOOD way.” – the flick’s official tagline, the most self-aware marketing ever published.
Against all odds, The Asylum has created a more compelling cinematic universe here than some major studios. While the movie is everything you’d expect a mockbuster that steps down from the star power of Casper Van Dien and Lou Ferigno, I’d argue that its an improvement over Avengers Grimm in the sheer fun department. They even give Rumpelstiltskin a sensible explanation for transforming from a Loki wannabe into a Joker wannabe, more than anyone expected from this flick.
Come Back Next Week for a New Installment of Strange Times & Places!