Wednesday, February 21, 2007

B movies


This comment came from LadyBronco :

Warren,
Have you ever thought about putting together a list of great B-movies?
I have several favorites that I always find myself dusting off and popping into the VCR (or DVD if I have found it on that medium!)

8:14 PM

I love B movies. Some classic B movies: "They Live," "Tremors," "Repo Man"....
Which raises the issue of what is a B movie and what is a cult film.

I think the two are different but can overlap.

A B movie, originally created by the studio stystem that would churn out cheap drive-in fodder for every major release, suggests movies that are low-budget, campy and pure escapism.

A cult film is a movie that garners a devoted, fanatical following (often by a narrow group of people) that gives it life beyond its initial opening.

Given those definitions, what are some of your favorite B films and cult films?



9 Comments:

At 9:54 PM, Blogger LadyBronco said...

WOOHOO!

"Night of the Comet" is my all-time favorite B-movie.

Of course, "The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai" is a great one too!

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Rhonda said...

I guess these would be B-movies:
"Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" (scared the bejeebers out of me as a kid) and another Bette Davis movie, "Dead Ringer" (1964), with BD as twins, one evil and one . . . don't want to give it away!
As long as I'm thinking of Bette Davis, "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte" has got to have attained cult status.

 
At 1:49 PM, Blogger Classic Cinema said...

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At 7:24 PM, Blogger Classic Cinema said...

If anyone is interested, I have a website full of these old B-rated and classic movies that are now on the Public Domain, I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 movies on there (give or take) and am always adding more.

The movies are free to watch, the quality isn't always that great (I am upgrading some of those now) but they're entertaining nonetheless.

I actually started this as a kind of hobby about a month ago, and the popularity of this site without my even having formally promoted it has grown.

In the near future I'll be adding some more Hercules movies (Hercules so far has been the most popular movie on there).

One of my favorite movies, which is on my site, is My Man Godfrey with William Powell and Carol Lombard. I love the slapstick, plus the chemistry between the actors as a whole really made this movie just flow.

And, I must admit, William Powell was quite a looker in his day! Wow!

www.classiccinemaonline.com

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger MENBAH! said...

Death Race 2000. I'm so glad they're turning it, apparently, into a TV show ("Drive").

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Love "Death Race 2000"

Also, gotta add "Duel," Spielberg's first made-for-tv movie about a mysterious killer truck out to get Dennis Weaver.

 
At 1:01 PM, Blogger Warren Epstein said...

Oh ... and you can't talk about B movies without talking about the King of Bs, Roger Corman.

There's a great send-up to Corman's cheap '50s monster movies called "Attack of the Bat Monsters."

I think that may have to be my Back Shelf Pick for next week.

 
At 3:29 PM, Blogger MENBAH! said...

"Death Race" was Corman. Just looked at his IMDB credit list, which is really long. It would be intimidating, if they weren't all Roger Corman movies.

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Classic Cinema said...

Oh, I have a bunch of Roger Cormans! Like, The Wasp Woman.

Now there's an interesting movie. This woman, the head of a cosmetics company, becomes a human guinea pig, so to speak, in order to test a new product on humans that was "discovered" by "mad scientist" Dr. Zinthrop. She's so impatient for the results that she starts breaking into his lab and shooting up his product behind his back.

Thing is, all his product did was turn her into a hideous, murderous blood sucking insect.

The interesting parallel here being, of course, that we women -- in our quest to become attractive for you men (*ahem*) -- are turning into hideous blood sucking (okay, it's really money grabbing, but what's the difference?) creatures. And the funny thing about it is that you guys will never know it because you're too busy watching football...lol...

(neener neener neener :P)

 

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