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 does put out some interesting things though, such as the inexplicably entertaining Sharknado, and although the name has been calculatedly chosen (The ‘Grimm Avengers’ is obviously a better name), suggesting a cheap cash in, there may be merit here.
The plot, what there is of it, concerns a marauding ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ (Casper Van Dien) using the magic mirror to escape to our world so that he can rule like a king in a ‘world without magic’. Trying to stop him is ‘Snow White’ (Lauren Parkinson), who in the ensuing struggle is pulled through into our world with him. In pursuit are three princesses, ‘Rapunzel’ (Rileah Vanderbilt), ‘Cinderella’ (Milynn Sarley) and ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (Marah Fairclough), as well as ‘Red Riding Hood’ (Elizabeth Peterson). Once in our world, they must work to save the day and defeat Rumpelstiltskin and his allies ‘Iron John’ (Lou Ferrigno) & ‘The Wolf’ (Kimo Leopoldo).
The first thing that you will notice is that some of the performances aren’t of the strongest calibre and that the quality is all over the show. This may be in part due to the weak script, which doesn’t help any of the actors with its wafer-thin dialogue or poor characterisation. Casper Van Dien does well, but I couldn’t help but think of Robert Carlyle’s superior ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ in Once Upon A Time. Elizabeth Peterson outshines everyone else. It must also be noted that Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk) does a credible job, bringing in one of the more developed performances.
An interesting sidenote is that two of the princesses are played by genre/scene favourites Rileah Vanderbilt and Milynn Sarley, of ‘Team Unicorn’, who people may also know from The Guild or Saber. I did wonder going into this, having enjoyed their previous work, whether I would be disappointed or not with their role in a feature. Luckily, they hold their own, getting into the spirit of the piece.