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10 Movies responsible for my love of the B-Movie genres!
Below you will my list of the 10 movies most responsible for launching my love/hate relationship with the b-movie genres.
10.) Malibu Beach Vampires (1991)
This is without any doubt one of the worst, most pitiful, awful, and worthless movies ever made. It's got no story, bad acting, bad music numbers, bad directing, bad camerawork, etc.... But it makes the list as it is proof that anyone with a video camera and a few friends CAN make a "movie".
It's got a very stupid plot, less than stellar production values all around, and it's pretty average b-movie, but it was my first experience in "Camp" film making which is certainly enough to put it on this list.
I am a creature movie junkie, and this is one of the first low-budget creature movies I had seen, and enjoyed (yes i like it!!), and more importantly, this was my first SyFy (or Sci-Fi at the time) channel originally movie.
Most of you have probably never heard of this movie, and I believe it was only released as part of a few of the micro-budget film packs release by Mill Creek Entertainment, but if you can find it i recommend watching it. It was the first film i saw that I knew had little to no budget, but really did not at all show it in any way. It's well written, acted and beautifully photographed. A true hidden gem, just avoid the awful and comedic sequel.
6.) Shredder (2003)
Believe it or not this was my first real "slasher" movie, and despite it's many shortcomings, I still enjoy it to this day. It's got some pretty solid gore scenes, and a hot chick for a killer. It's also got a nonsensical plot and every cliche in the book.
While this may not exactly be considered a "B" movie, since it was widely released in theaters and was not at all a low-budget offering, but the backwoods cannibal plot, and all the similar movies I have watched because of this (including it's 2 sequels), certainly make it worthy of this list. Anytime a movie cast both Emmanuelle Chriqui and Eliza Dushku in the same film deserves repeat viewings. To top of all that, this is one of the greateast horror films ever made.
Much like "Wrong Turn" this is a b-movie in style only and not in budget, and to show you how late I discovered the horror genre, this was the FIRST horror movie i ever watched, I was 16 at the time. This is also, at least in my opinion, is a very good movie, with a solid plot, great monster, good gore and a very good cast.
3.) Anaconda (1997)
While Jeeper Creepers and Wrong Turn may not exactly be "B" movies, largely due to there mainstream popularity, this one truly is, despite its wide theatrical release, and non-stop TV play. It's a true "B" movie classic with a now A-list cast, though at that time Ice Cube, Jennifer Lopez, and Owen Wilson where not nearly the stars they are today.
2.) Camp Blood Trilogy (1999-2005)
I had just seen a few of the "Friday the 13th" movie for the first time, and loved them, so I was cruising Amazon.com for some similar movies, where i stumble upon this. When i started watching it and saw the grainy picture, bad acting, bad speciel effects, etc... I was thinking what the f*ck is this, but decided to watch it anyways. That is when i discovered micro-budget cinema and that it could be as entertaining as some of the mundane mainstream stuff. It's also one of the rare trilogies that improved with each entry.
A perfect example of what B-movie cinema is all bout. Bad effects, corny premise, bad cover art, ample gore and nudity and less than stellar acting (though it does feature a few people who have gone on to small roles in mainstream movie, including the girl who gets naked in the bathroom in "Snakes on a Plane"). Despite all that, it's a fun and entertaining moving (to me at least) and was the first micro-budget movie that I considered a very good movie.