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I'll admit that sometimes when I need a pick up I watch a B movie. I'm very much into the cult phenomenon and love B movies of all kinds from any era. I at least hope I'm not the only one on this website who feels this way, and would like to know your favourite B (and maybe even Z) grade movies or cult films. Not asking for specific numbers, but I wanna hear what makes them one of your favourites. Without further ado, here are mine. In no real order.

Dark Star: Ever wonder what John Carpenter did before "Halloween"? He made a movie about stoners.... IN SPAAAAAACE! This movie has no budget, no "plot," and pretty much no point but it is undeniably hysterical. One of my favourite bits is when they encounter an alien. The alien is hostile at first, goo-ing up the crew. Then we actually see the alien, and it's pretty much a big round inflatable red ball. Later on one of the crewmembers keeps the alien as a pet, but is saddened when one of the other crewmembers accidentally pops the alien with a needle. This movie is silly, but fun.

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: All you have to do is read the title and you know immediately that this is a really, really stupid movie. To the filmmakers credit though it is undeniably very creative, and that is why it is such a joy to watch. The clowns have all sorts of silly gadgets and evil magic tricks, including acid filled pies, invisible cars (All you can see is the pedal, clown, and headlights), a shadow puppet that eats a bus-stop, and a lot more. Even their scheme is somewhat inventive despite being utterly retarded, and said scheme is basically coming down to Earth and wrapping up humans in cotton candy and taking them back to their ship so they can drink our blood; with silly straws no less. Here's a good video with some of the films best scenes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4Ja_mKfB3k

Blood Diner: This may be a bit of an oxymoron seeing as this is a tribute/semi-remake of Blood Feast, which itself is a B-Grade horror film but I actually prefer Blood Diner. The premise is pretty simple. A pair of young teens have an insane uncle who goes on a killing spree and is eventually killed, but they dig him up and place his brain (Eyes included. Apparently your eyes are inseparable from your brainstem.) in a jar. They start a diner and start harvesting virgins and feeding them to the customers, all leading up to a massive sacrifice to resurrect an ancient goddess. It's a really funny movie and it's full of that debauchery and silliness one expects from a low-grade horror movie. Finger fries, anyone?

The Rocky Horror Picture Show Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it's cliche to put this on a list of best B-Movies, but it really is one of the best of the lot. I doubt I need to really say much about this film seeing as any B-Movie fan worth his or her salt has seen this movie in theatres about a million times. I shall however comment that my husband and I love this movie so much that once he turned 17 and was allowed on stage, we joined a performing group known as "The Latter Day Transvestites" that performs scenes from the movie in character while it plays, usually in exaggerated and crass manners. I think my favourite bit has to be the scenes where Frank'N'Furter disguises himself as Brad/Janet to try and seduce the other. We do shadow play under the sheets with bananas and other props to make some very bizarre looking sex scenes. I always play Magenta and my hubby plays Riff-Raff.


Just one more.

Forbidden Zone This is easily my favourite of the lot. This movie defines the B-grade experience. Lots of cult films have low budgets, and Forbidden Zone's sets are all constructed from paper and black tarp and painted with markers and coloured pencils. Lots of cult films have objectionable content, and Forbidden Zone is filled with tons of bare breasted women (Including the ever topless Princess), foul language, bizarre sex gags, and if it has a soul you better believe it gets a roasting somewhere in this film. Lots of cult films are musicals, and Forbidden Zone is filled with plenty of great music (Mostly tributes to Jazz classics like Minnie the Moocher) thanks to composer Danny Elfman, who helped his brother Richard write and direct this film. Lots of cult films are surrealist and bizarre, and it doesn't get any more surrealist and bizarre than this movie. This movie truly defies explanation and categorization, but as long as you don't mind its crass and absurdist content, it is one of the funniest movies ever made regardless of it being B or A grade. For the hell of it, here's a link to the review that tipped me off to this movie: http://www.badmovies.org/movies/forbiddenzone/


Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:32 am
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Oh believe me you're not the only one, i've seen hundreds of B-movies and happen to own quite a few.


Fri Aug 13, 2010 11:59 am
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Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is a glorious excursion into B-movie badness. It has everything: hilarious overacting, "one damn thing after another" plotting, murder scenes that defy the laws of physics, an extremely tenuous connection to the first movie... it's like a B-movie primer.


Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:55 pm
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Ken wrote:
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is a glorious excursion into B-movie badness. It has everything: hilarious overacting, "one damn thing after another" plotting, murder scenes that defy the laws of physics, an extremely tenuous connection to the first movie... it's like a B-movie primer.

Yeah, the sad part is that it's actually better then some of the horror films that go to theaters nowdays(like the Saw sequels and most of the foreign horror remakes)


Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:23 pm
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I've done my best to be open about my fondness for b-cinema and the wonders therein. I'll add as frequently as I can to this, the best thread ever.

I'll start with Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend, an ultra-no-budget softcore pornothriller that celebrates senseless, gory violence while trying to top porn for the amount of nudity a movie can have. It isn't particularly good, naturally, but it does have something that so many b-grades have: spirit and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for mutilating people's faces, enthusiasm for humiliating nudity and enthusiasm of the "Holy shit! We found a video camera! Let's make a movie!" variety. It's so amateurish, so juvenile... I do like it so. Plus: the title tells you all you need to know about what's inside. (No, Hitler isn't a character.)


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Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, which is the mother of all exploitation films.

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Is it cheating to mention Detour, which is most certainly a B-movie but actually a good one, and thus enjoyed by me for legitimate (rather than ironic) reasons?

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Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:15 pm
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All of those Sci-fi Channel original films would flal into this category as well, stuff like Pterodactyl, Lake Placid 2 and 3, Croc, Bugs, Alien Siege, Alien Lockdown, Alien Apocalypse, Vipers, Sabretooth, etc.


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Is it cheating to mention Detour, which is most certainly a B-movie but actually a good one, and thus enjoyed by me for legitimate (rather than ironic) reasons?


A "B" movie was traditionally something that might be found at the bottom half of a double feature. Generally it would be low-budget and often with limited commercial appeal. They included a lot of sci-fi monster movies, exploitation films (generally not pornography), but also Charlie Chan films, Ma and Pa Kettle, Bowery Boys. Little Rascals, Three Stooges, low-budget westerns.Being a 'B movie" doesn't necessarily mean the movie was bad. Most or all of the Val Lewton films are B-Movies and many of them are classics.

Speaking of which, The Cat People (original, of course), The Leopard Man and Tournier's Curse of the Demon are fine suspenseful horror films that are better than most A-movies.

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Ken wrote:
Silent Night, Deadly Night 2 is a glorious excursion into B-movie badness. It has everything: hilarious overacting, "one damn thing after another" plotting, murder scenes that defy the laws of physics, an extremely tenuous connection to the first movie... it's like a B-movie primer.


Two words.... GARBAGE DAY!

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I've done my best to be open about my fondness for b-cinema and the wonders therein. I'll add as frequently as I can to this, the best thread ever.

I'll start with Even Hitler Had A Girlfriend, an ultra-no-budget softcore pornothriller that celebrates senseless, gory violence while trying to top porn for the amount of nudity a movie can have. It isn't particularly good, naturally, but it does have something that so many b-grades have: spirit and enthusiasm. Enthusiasm for mutilating people's faces, enthusiasm for humiliating nudity and enthusiasm of the "Holy shit! We found a video camera! Let's make a movie!" variety. It's so amateurish, so juvenile... I do like it so. Plus: the title tells you all you need to know about what's inside. (No, Hitler isn't a character.)


I might watch that for the title alone, even if Hitler isn't a character. Besides I have yet to hear the term "Pornothriller." Me like.

Speaking of funny B-movies and pornos, I should put Bill Osco's "Alice in Wonderland" porno on this list. It actually can be viewed without the hardcore scenes (Apparently they were rushed and edited in after because on its own merits it wasn't really enough to garner an X rating and I guess he was cavalier about keeping that X. Maybe the reverse of what most filmmakers would do, but whatever.) but either way it's pretty damn funny. Plus, oddly enough as inane and immature as the lyrics are, the songs are actually not half bad. It's pretty silly but it's what you'd expect, and it does a relatively good job as a spoof sequel to the Alice novels. It's a little ironic though that it probably stays truer in nature to the books and story than Burton's disappointing version did. I think one of my favourite lines is from the Madhatter, "Oh, you want proof? Well see this number on my hat? That's not my hat-size... it's the size of my thingamajig!"

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Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, which is the mother of all exploitation films.

Good old Russ Myer and his oxymoronic ability to be sexist and yet feminist at the same time. My husband runs a projector at a midnight movie theatre, and he wanted me to see this one because he thought I'd get a kick out of it. He was right.


Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:09 pm
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Chie1989 wrote:
Syd Henderson wrote:
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, which is the mother of all exploitation films.

Good old Russ Myer and his oxymoronic ability to be sexist and yet feminist at the same time. My husband runs a projector at a midnight movie theatre, and he wanted me to see this one because he thought I'd get a kick out of it. He was right.


First off, welcome second (technically third with the occasional visit from Sheryl) woman to the Reelviews forum!

And yeah, I'm a good ways into Beyond the Valley of the Dolls right now, good stuff. You can't call the Meyer misogynistic because he loves women so much. He empowers them in their femininity and thats really something from the director who picked his actresses based on cup size.


Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:29 pm
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Chie1989 wrote:
Syd Henderson wrote:
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, which is the mother of all exploitation films.

Good old Russ Myer and his oxymoronic ability to be sexist and yet feminist at the same time. My husband runs a projector at a midnight movie theatre, and he wanted me to see this one because he thought I'd get a kick out of it. He was right.


First off, welcome second (technically third with the occasional visit from Sheryl) woman to the Reelviews forum!

And yeah, I'm a good ways into Beyond the Valley of the Dolls right now, good stuff. You can't call the Meyer misogynistic because he loves women so much. He empowers them in their femininity and thats really something from the director who picked his actresses based on cup size.


Thanks for the welcome. I actually don't recall seeing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but I know about it. Mostly because a friend was on a rant about a review Ebert did where Ebert commented that any form of sexploitation is wrong, and was saying that Ebert wrote that film or something like that. I kinda took it with a grain of salt since my friend is one of those folk who thinks that critics are there to brainwash viewers into believing their exact opinion and are therefore evil, but I actually was kinda surprised to see his name attached to it.

I saw a 'tribute' to Russ Meyer recently called "Pervert!" but sadly it wasn't all that good. A few funny moments but for the most part it seemed like a perverted stoners fever dream since it was a poorly edited mesh of nude shots and food splattering onto random things. I think it was trying too hard to be a bad movie and ended up being the wrong kind of bad movie.

While I'm here, I'm going to mention the movie Body Melt. That's another fun one, not one of the tops (Mostly due to a really boring sub-plot that rears its head way too much and slows the movie to a halt) but still worth a laugh. It's an Australian gorror movie in the vein of some of Peter Jackson's early efforts. The premise is pretty simple: A diet drug of doom gets sent out in sample packets to a perfect superb and bad things happen. Usually the sort of bad things that involve A) Melting (Like the title suggests..) or B) Body parts mutating and growing a mind of their own. It's a disgusting movie but I compared it to early Peter Jackson, so you probably already guessed that. I think one of my favourite scenes (Both in terms of craziness and because it made my hubby comically spit out his drink when it happened) is when a man is eaten by his wife's placenta. Not really sure how that got out, especially seeing as she wasn't pregnant, but whatever.


Sat Aug 14, 2010 12:06 pm
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Chie1989 wrote:
While I'm here, I'm going to mention the movie Body Melt. That's another fun one, not one of the tops (Mostly due to a really boring sub-plot that rears its head way too much and slows the movie to a halt) but still worth a laugh. It's an Australian gorror movie in the vein of some of Peter Jackson's early efforts. The premise is pretty simple: A diet drug of doom gets sent out in sample packets to a perfect superb and bad things happen. Usually the sort of bad things that involve A) Melting (Like the title suggests..) or B) Body parts mutating and growing a mind of their own. It's a disgusting movie but I compared it to early Peter Jackson, so you probably already guessed that. I think one of my favourite scenes (Both in terms of craziness and because it made my hubby comically spit out his drink when it happened) is when a man is eaten by his wife's placenta. Not really sure how that got out, especially seeing as she wasn't pregnant, but whatever.


I just added this to my Instant Queue... I had too.


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Chie1989 wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
Chie1989 wrote:
Thanks for the welcome. I actually don't recall seeing Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, but I know about it. Mostly because a friend was on a rant about a review Ebert did where Ebert commented that any form of sexploitation is wrong, and was saying that Ebert wrote that film or something like that. I kinda took it with a grain of salt since my friend is one of those folk who thinks that critics are there to brainwash viewers into believing their exact opinion and are therefore evil, but I actually was kinda surprised to see his name attached to it.


Ebert is an admirer of Russ Meyer and gave favorable reviews to Vixen and Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!. It's possible he has a particular definition of sexploitation in mind.

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The original The Wicker Man was originally released as the "B" picture on a double bill with Don't Look Now. Hell of a one-two punch right there. Not sure if it technically classifies as a "B" picture, but it's a great film regardless.


Mon Aug 16, 2010 1:36 pm
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The original The Wicker Man was originally released as the "B" picture on a double bill with Don't Look Now. Hell of a one-two punch right there. Not sure if it technically classifies as a "B" picture, but it's a great film regardless.


Really?!? They considered it a B picture? That surprises (and saddens) me. I have always considered The Wicker Man to be an A-List as to me at least, it is a classic. Most people I know agree unless they were unfortunate enough to see that god-awful remake and not the original. In fact I'll admit even though "Don't look Now" is a great movie, I think Wicker Man was better.

I only consider this a "partial" B-movie but here's another movie to add to the list: The Abominable Dr. Phibes. I only consider it a "partial" B-Movie because it is relatively smart and clever, and all the dark humour it tries to pull off actually works; but there are enough silly things about it like how Dr. Phibes speaks or the Frog Mask trap that you can classify it as a B movie. However it is a ton of fun and I actually think it is one of Vincent Price's best movies. Also while it isn't a torture film in any way (It's a dark comedy) you can actually say that Saw was inspired by Dr. Phibes. There's a bit at the end of the film where Phibes has a young boy belonging to his adversary, and he sets up an elaborate trap where the boy's key to freedom is in his stomach and if his father can't successfully remove it in time surgically acid will spill and kill his kid. It's interesting to know that the makers of "Saw" HAVE seen at least one movie with a bit of culture to it.

Speaking of Vincent Price in B-Movies... THE TINGLER! I love this movie! It has a great premise. If you haven't heard of it, let me fill you in. You know that tingling feeling you get down your spine when you are scared at the movie theatre? Well guess what.... that's a parasite that feeds on your fear and grows bigger and bigger the more you are scared! However we have a built in defense.. screaming. If we scream, it kills the parasite. This movie is most fun inside the theatre. My husband's theatre plays it sometimes like it was meant to be played, with vibrating chairs, and a Tingler prop. There are some moments in the film where the film goes black, and Price narrates "Oh no! The Tingler, it's loose in the audience!! Scream people... SCREAM FOR YOUR LIVES!" and the chairs will vibrate against your spine and the crew will plant a Tingler prop or two behind someone and the audience is encouraged to scream to banish it. It really is a ton of fun and it makes you wish that theatres would do stuff like that again, because the reason they did stuff like that is they needed a way to convince people to go back into theatres instead of saying "Meh, it'll come on TV eventually.." and so they'd often try and make going to the theatre an experience. I know that the 3-D gimmick is trying to do that nowadays, but they should get creative like they did back when movies like The Tingler or House on Haunted Hill were first released.


Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:23 am
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I've got some flicks that probably fit this category:

Let's Get Harry - Mark Harmon, Robert Duvall, and Gary Busey at his crazy-hick best all join up in this action flick involving a rescue from a South American drug lord.

Equilibrium - Yes, Christian Bale, Sean Bean, and Emily Watson were all in this film, but it didn't get wide release, so I consider it "B" grade. This film probably got Bale the role in Batman Begins.


Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:13 pm
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I've got some flicks that probably fit this category:

Let's Get Harry - Mark Harmon, Robert Duvall, and Gary Busey at his crazy-hick best all join up in this action flick involving a rescue from a South American drug lord.

Equilibrium - Yes, Christian Bale, Sean Bean, and Emily Watson were all in this film, but it didn't get wide release, so I consider it "B" grade. This film probably got Bale the role in Batman Begins.

Wow, can't believe someone else on here knows about Let's Get Harry, I was lucky enough to come across that film at a local library while they were selling off all of their VHS films, I got some other cool B-grade films from there as well, like McBain, Blue Ice, King Of New York, Cyborg, etc.


Tue Aug 17, 2010 3:21 pm
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Ragnarok73 wrote:
I've got some flicks that probably fit this category:

Let's Get Harry - Mark Harmon, Robert Duvall, and Gary Busey at his crazy-hick best all join up in this action flick involving a rescue from a South American drug lord.

Equilibrium - Yes, Christian Bale, Sean Bean, and Emily Watson were all in this film, but it didn't get wide release, so I consider it "B" grade. This film probably got Bale the role in Batman Begins.

Wow, can't believe someone else on here knows about Let's Get Harry, I was lucky enough to come across that film at a local library while they were selling off all of their VHS films, I got some other cool B-grade films from there as well, like McBain, Blue Ice, King Of New York, Cyborg, etc.

It's one of those films that I remember watching from my youth, along with flicks like Southern Comfort. It was the first time I saw Gary Busey go over the top as a typecast Texas hick ("You little shit- I'll have you on a stick!"), and I found it (probably unintentionally) funny as hell.


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I love B-movies and exploitation pics.

Some of my favorites: I Spit On Your Grave, Cannibal Holocaust, Pink Flamingos, Fight For Your Life (I'm going to hell just for watching that), classic "big bug" movies, Cannibal! The Musical, Bad Taste, and so on and so forth. I love this stuff.

And then there's Troma films. I think The Toxic Avenger may be the greatest B-movie ever made. I love Tromeo & Juliet. Terror Firmer is hysterical, and has so many funny lines it's impossible to count them all. Some of my favorites:

"We had BAGELS after he RAPED ME!!!!!"
"My Hershey highway is a ONE-WAY STREET!!"
"Oh my God, he's got an Afro!"

How can you go wrong with stuff like that?

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