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Tré Roland-Martin

I'm going to continue one of my previous articles with some more quasi-mockbusters that some people, as usual, might confuse for the actual film. Enjoy!

3 Dev Adam (3 Giant Men; Turkish take on Marvel Comics characters) (1973)

In 1973, a small production house in the country of Turkey, known as Tual Film, made an unauthorized comic book movie that would soon become a cult classic outside of the country itself. The film was directed by T. Fikret Uçak, and was known as 3 Dev Adam, whose name translates to English as 3 Giant Men. The film stars some little known Turkish actors such as Aytekin Akkaya and Deniz Erkanat, and is about Captain America and Mexican wrestler El Santo as they try to stop a villainous, rather homicidal Spider-Man from turning Istanbul into a hellscape. The film's opening comes in like a flash; all it has is Spider-Man and his gang killing a woman with a boat rotor, while the woman is buried neck-deep in the sand. The film also has a rather weird title sequence, too.

If this film was a mockbuster, than it would have totally different superheroes that would be similar to the characters depicted, but would also be characters created by the filmmakers themselves.

Keep in mind that the original negatives of 3 Dev Adam were accidentally destroyed, but VHS copies of the movie made the officially-licensed DVD release of the film possible. The film is still broadcasting on Turkish television to this day, too.

Os Trapalhões na Guerra dos Planetas (The Dabblers in the War of the Planets; Brazilian knock-off of Star Wars) (1978)

Os Trapalhões (The Dabblers) was a popular series of Brazilian comedy films that involve a group of fools who get involve in various situations. In 1978, Os Trapalhões wanted to ride on the success of the first Star Wars film, which was released a year earlier, by releasing Os Trapalhões na Guerra dos Planetas (The Dabblers in the War of the Planets). The film involves the gang discovering a space ship landing on Earth after a high-speed chase. The ship belonged to the evil galactic emperor Zuco, a character that was plagiarized from that of Darth Vader. A young prince named Flick asks the gang to help free his home planet from Zuco's iron grip. A point of comedy in the film is where they discover a Jeep full of gold bars.

If this was a mockbuster, it would not have been part of a series of comedy films.

Jaws in Japan (Jaws) (2009)

In 2009, Japanese filmmaker John Hijiri wanted to cash-in on the success of Stephen Spielberg's Jaws franchise by releasing a take on it, with a more Japanese twist. The film was called Jaws in Japan, and is about two young Japanese girls as they try to escape a monster shark attack that's happening at a popular beach resort. The film seems to be made with a much higher budget, considering its rather significant use of CGI and other computer graphics, compared to some Jaws rip-offs.

Masoyiyata Titanic (Nigerian twist on Titanic) (2003)

I couldn't find a poster, unfortunately. Sorry!
I couldn't find a poster, unfortunately. Sorry!

Nigeria didn't have a film industry until the mid-to-late 1990's, but Nigerian films of this era were shot only on cheap video cameras. In 2003, Farouk Ashu-Brown decided to cash-in on the billion-dollar box office success of James Cameron's 1998 film Titanic by releasing a videotaped version with a slightly African twist. The film was known as Masoyiyata Tiatanic, whose title is Hausa for My Beloved Titanic. The film is centered around a teenage Nigerian girl named Binta who finds romance aboard the Titanic. This time, though, the romance was between the charming Zayyad and the rather cold-hearted Abdul. Masoyiyata Titanic uses pirated footage from the 1998 Titanic, as well as the shark sequence from Renny Harlin's Deep Blue Sea. Use of bootlegged footage, however, was very uncommon in early Nigerian films, unlike the practice such in many Turkish knock-off films. Unlike the original Titanic, Masoyiyata Titanic uses Bollywood-inspired musical numbers, such as an instance in which the main character sings a take on "My Heart Will Go On", using lyrics related to the film's plot. The film would be the king of African-produced Z-movies.

Süpermenler (Turkish-Italian take on Superman) (1979)

In 1979, Italian filmmaker Italo Martinenghi wanted to ride on the success of Richard Donner's 1978 Superman film by collaborating with Turkish and Italian producers and actors. The film was known as Süpermenler, whose title translates to English as Supermen. The film starred Cüneyt Arkın, a well-known Turkish actor and martial artist, and is centered around a German professor who tries to test a time machine in Turkey, and is eventually kidnapped by a mob boss and his gang. Murat, a police detective, gathers his friends to form the "Süpermenler" in order to save the professor, and the world itself (SPOILER ALERT!). The film might be the most little-known out of all the "Turkploitation" films, but nevertheless, it is still a cult classic.

Homoti (the other Turkish E.T.) (1987)

In 1983, Badi became one of the two Turkish takes on the wildly-popular E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial. However, in 1987, Turkish comedian Müjdat Gezen wanted to rival on both E.T. and Badi by releasing Homoti. The film is about a newspaper reporter who has a confrontation with a weird-looking UFO, which brings out a rather grotesque-looking alien named Homoti. The film was (I think) the first Turkish knock-off film to use CGI/computer graphics, even though the film's recording quality was somewhat inferior. I would call this a quasi-mockbuster because it's like a mockbuster of a Turksploitation adaptation of E.T.


Which of these quasi-mockbusters do you think are "So Bad, It's Good"?


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