It’s day four of the B&S About Movies April Movie Thon and time to fire up your movie remix, remake and ripoff machine.

April 4: Ripoff — A shameless remake, remix or ripoff of a much better known movie. Allow your writing to travel the world (we recommend Italy or Turkey).

If you want to learn more about these movies, I urge you to buy How the World Remade Hollywood and read our four-part interview with author Ed Glaser.

All April long, we’ll have thirty themes as writing prompts. If you’d like to be part of it, you can just send us an article for that day to bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com or post it on your site and share it out with the hashtag #BSAprilMovieThon.

Here are some past films that we can recommend to watch today:

The Last Shark (1981): This movie — which outright rips off entire scenes and characters from Jaws — made $18 million in its first month of U.S. release. A month into the film’s run, federal judge David V. Kenyon ruled that it was too similar to that movie and it was banned from theaters.

Ölüme Son Adim (1983): There are so many Cüneyt Arkin movies that I can recommend to you and this is but one of them. Every single moment of this movie is sheer joy and feels like doing drugs and then being in the best fight club ever except that every punch to the face only brings more bliss. Some call it the Turkish Mad Max. I just love it for whatever it is.

Battle Beyond the Stars (1980): While this movie remakes The Magnificent Seven, that movie was really The Seven Samurai and hey, Bruno Mattei did the same thing with Seven Magnificent Gladiators

So what are you watching today?

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