KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
Amid this, The Asylum have before conducted several adaptations of classic literary works that were in the public domain when new big screen versions have come out and cut corners by relocating them in the present-day see the likes of War of the Worlds (2005), Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008), The 7 Adventures of Sinbad (2010), 3 Musketeers (2011), Jack the Giant Killer (2013) and Sinbad and the War of the Furies (2016). The Asylum produced King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as an attempt to ride the coattails of Guy Ritchies high-profile King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017), releasing it two weeks beforehand. Alas for The Asylum, the Ritchie film proved a massive flop, cutting off at the knees this along with several other works in what promised to be an Arthurian revival.
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table ended up causing me to do a complete WTF double-take from about the point I saw its poster, which featured a group of heroes wielding hand and machine-guns. Arthur, Merlin and Camelot are dispensed with after the opening scene and the rest of the locale moves to Bangkok. We encounter the descendents of the Knights of the Round Table but they are US Marines who have come to participate in an MMA tournament. They go into action against Morgana wielding heavy artillery rather than swords. Morgana returns after being blasted into orbit in a rock-encased throne that also seems to double as a spaceship. She also raises an army of zombies using what Mordred refers to as a cyber-serum, which gives the bizarre suggestion of a King Arthur film that operates as science-fiction. Oh and while we do have a Holy Grail, this is actually a disguised Excalibur. The most WTF sequence anywhere in the film is the climax that features Morgana turning into a giant transformer robot to menace the city. You could probably remove any reference to the Arthurian legends from the story and it would make almost no difference to the way it plays out.
The only member of the cast that one has ever seen before is Asylum regular and director Jared Cohens girlfriend Sara Malakul Lane. She plays the part of Morgana campy. The others are all unknowns and from the look of them, in particular the badly acting Russell Geoffrey Banks, have no acting experience.
Director Jared Cohn first appeared for The Asylum with Born Bad (2011) and has become a prolific director for them with the likes of Bikini Spring Break (2012), Hold Your Breath (2012), 12/12/12 (2012), Atlantic Rim (2013), Jailbait (2014), Bound (2015), Little Dead Rotting Hood (2015) and Evil Nanny (2016), while moving out on his own with Buddy Hitchins (2015), Hulk Blood Tapes (2015) and The Horde (2016).