When Rumpelstiltskin destroys the Magic Mirror and escapes to the modern world, the four princesses of “Once Upon a Time”… Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Rapunzel… are sucked through the portal too. Well-trained and endowed with magical powers, the four women must fight Rumpelstiltskin and his army of thralls before he enslaves everyone on Earth.–The Asylum, IMDB
Avenger’s Grimm is a 2015 film produced by B-movie company The Asylum. The film was released in April of 2015 to capitalize on the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which was released the following month. Avenger’s Grim was shown on the German TV Show “Die Schlechtesten Film aller Zeiten”, or “The Worst Movies of All Time”, a show that presents and comments on noteworthy B-movie films.
Some thoughts from me (Potential spoilers below…)
It kinda feels like cheating to profile a movie from Asylum films, who as the intro mentions are known for their mockbusters of big-budget films. And yet when I saw this one pop-up in one of my regular Princess movie searches I couldn’t help but take a look. And boy am I glad I did, this one is delightfully bad. Despite The Asylum trying to rip off bigger films, there’s still effort put into their rip-offs, and with that comes plenty of entertainment.
Avengers Grimm is obviously ripping off the Marvel Avengers series, but it’s also copying elements from the Once Upon a Time TV series, which featured fairy tale characters in both the real and fantasy world, and just a dash of gritty realism that DC films are more known for. The result is a movie with a group of magically powered Princesses using martial arts and occasionally their own hair to try and take down Rumpelstiltskin’s ill-defined quest to take over the world. This is one of those films where all the characters take the ludicrous plot super seriously, which brings a lotta laughs.
Snow White’s the best example of that. She gets sucked through the mirror a few minutes before the rest of the Princesses, and because time works differently in our world by the time the others get there she’s been trapped in the real world for 2 years. So when we see her she’s battle hardened, driving a fancy car and living in a downtown LA apartment, and making snide comments towards the other Princesses about whether or not they’ll be able to adapt to the real world. It’s never explained where Snow White she got the money to pay for said apartment and car… Did she take a drivers test to get a legal license? How’d the application for the apartment go?
I should mention, Snow White has ice powers. I’m not sure if that’s the Asylum taking inspiration from Disney’s Frozen, but regardless I’m glad they did it. It adds yet another bit of silliness to the film to see Snow White fighting with giant icicles, or using her ice powers to send a silver Lou Ferrigno flying through a brick wall (Yes, really).
I could go on, this is one of those movies that there’s so much wackiness to talk about. It was pretty apparent less than 10 minutes into the film that this is a good candidate for a Bad Princess Movie night. What’s more, it turns out this movie spawned a few sequels! I haven’t seen those ones yet but if they’re even half as bad as the original they’ll also be worth adding to my collection.