Sinister Squad (2016)

Directed and written by Jeremy M. Inman and a spin-off of his Avengers Grimm movie series, this movie finds Alice (Christina Licciardi, who plays the same role in Avengers Grimm: Time Wars) and her Looking Glass spy organization rounding up fairy tale heroes and villains like the Wicked Stepmother of Sleeping Beauty Carabosse (Fiona Rene), Piper (Isaac Reyes), Goldilocks (Piper Lindsay), Gelda the Queen of Hearts (Talia Davis), Bluebeard (Trae Ireland), the Big Bad Wolf (Joseph Harris), Hatter (Randall Yarbrough) and Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Joseph Moses) like Amanda Waller setting up convicts at Belll Reve.

The machinations of Rumpelstiltskin (Johnny Del Riaz) in the past movie — where he was played by Casper Van Dien — have allowed Death in a  ninja mask (Nick Principe) and his cult to run free on Earth. Kind of like, you know, Loki and Thanos somewhere else.

There are some good ideas here — Bluebeard uses his knives to kill women and trap them inside the blades which he calls his wives, the whole idea of a group of fantasy villains joining up, Carabosse being a cannibal witch — but the budget hurts this, as does the same warehouse I’ve seen in nearly every Asylum mockbuster.

I’d love to see them do a comic book of this, as drawings have no budget.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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