Italian film producers were notorious for ripping off American films. I mean these guys would blatantly rip-off a successful movie, change its name and characters a bit and release their film all over the world, most of the time with a different title every time. Some times they would get sued by the big American studios. This was the case with the most obvious of all the Italian rip-offs: Great White. Universal sued and won, which is why we still havent had a chance to see this one on DVD.
But being sued never stopped the Italians from ripping off as many American films as they could! They produced their own versions of fiilms like Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, Mad Max, The Warriors, Escape from New York, Rambo, Conan the Barbarian, Terminator, The Exorcist, Clash of the Titans...jeez, the list goes on and on. So I thought it would be fun to unite all the posters for these movies in one blog post, just so you guys get an idea of how much this was done! Enjoy!
The following films ripped off Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
The following films ripped off Conan the Barbarian
The following films ripped off Mad Max, The Warriors and Escape from New York, sometimes all in the same film!
The following films ripped off JAWS
The following films ripped off Alien, Predator and Terminator respectively. In fact the Italian rip off called Terminator 2 was released even before James Cameron had released his own Terminator 2: Judgement Day in 1990!
In Italy, the first two Evil Dead films were released under the titles La Casa and La Casa 2 (The House and The House 2) but further sequels were released as if they were sequels to the Evil Dead franchise! These sequels went up to number 7!
The Exorcist and The Omen got their fair share of rip offs as well:
And so did Star Wars and Barbarella!
And finally, this film ripped off Dawn of the Dead: