The shameless movie rip-offs
This actually happens a lot; smaller film companies turn opportunist in the hope of making a few quid from the big boys. As you can see from some of the examples we found, some of these movie 'rip-offs' are rather blatant…
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Water rip-off... Battleship flicks
Smokey And The Hotwire Gang (1979)
“CB radios? Check. Hapless backwater policemen? Check. Rednecks in souped up cars? Check. Wilful ignorance of the Highway Code? Check. Burt Reynolds. No. No Check. James Keach. Who? James Keach. He's Stacey Keach's brother. Who?” And so the imaginary conversation goes when trying to convey that 1979's 'Smokey And The Hotwire Gang' isn't, in fact, 'Smokey And The Bandit' or any of its various sequels.
Fangs but no fangs... reptile flicks
Snakes On A Train (2006)
After tabled suggestions including 'Snakes With A Brain' and 'Snakes Called Wayne' (probably), the prolific US 'mockbuster' film company The Asylum formulated 'Snakes On A Train' which, of course, bears no similarity whatsoever to Samuel L. Jackson serpent shocker 'Snakes On A Plane'. But really, it actually doesn't, and not solely because it's on a train and not a plane. In fact, the plot surrounds a woman struck by a Mayan curse who, at the film's climax, turns into a gigantic monster snake and eats the train of the title. Sam Jackson did none of that.
The Day The Earth Stopped (2008)
In 'The Day The Earth Stood Still', a giant robot besieges Manhattan, ready to destroy the Earth unless humankind can somehow prove its worthiness. In the movie rip-off 'The Day The Earth Stopped', 666 giant robots land around the Earth, poised to destroy it unless it can somehow prove its worth. This could actually be better than the Keanu Reeves version.
His and hers... Persia movies
Princess of Persia (2010)
With a title that boasts more than a passing resemblance to Mike Newell's 'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time', not to mention the most opportune (but presumably entirely coincidental) release of the film in 2010, this 'epic tale' actually managed to rein in an impressive, if slightly odd cast in Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Jonathan Rhys-Davies from 'Lord of the Rings'…and Luke Goss. From Bros. The DVD movie rip-off even uses the same font as 'Prince of Persia', again, presumably a colossal coincidence.