If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Will Smith and the cast and crew of I Am Legend should be tickled pink about this. The blatant knock-off is a longstanding tradition of the B-movie world, and occasionally the practice can spawn something noteworthy. Everybody's heard of Godzilla, right? Well, the Big G started life as an imitation of The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms and has since become a pop culture icon while The Beast (which sported some very cool stop-motion animation from Ray Harryhausen) is largely forgotten by the general public. Lucio Fulci's Zombie has become a gore classic, despite going so far as to call itself Zombi 2 in its native Italy in an attempt to make people think this was a sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead, which had been released there as Zombi. On the other hand, Carnosaur has become little more than a footnote in monster movie history, despite its attempts to cash in on the buzz surrounding Jurassic Park.
This is the newest release from The Asylum, and its resemblance to I Am Legend, and more specifically to The Omega Man, the previous film adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel, is stupefyingly obvious. The Asylum has become the modern torch-bearer of the B-movie knock-off with the likes of Snakes on a Train, Transmorphers and AVH: Alien Vs. Hunter all hitting DVD at a time convenient enough to take advantage of the big budget publicity machine of the films they are imitating.