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B Movies

B Movies

Date: Nov 07 2007

Themes: Hobbies, Pop Culture


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There is a whole kind of American movie you probably never see. Hollywood is famous for making big blockbusters that are shown all over the world. Those movies cost millions of dollars. But there are lots of movies made in the US without big budgets or great ambitions. These are called B movies.

A lot of people love B movies, but they’re an acquired taste. They don’t look as pretty as major motion pictures, but they’re often very funny, scary and over the top. A lot of horror movies are B movies.

Some famous filmmakers started out making B movies. Listen to Beren and Mason talk about some of the most well-known B movies.


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Mason:  Did you…You saw Grindhouse a few months ago, right?

Beren:  No, I totally didn’t. I missed it. I totally missed it. I’m a little bummed out. Is it good? I heard it’s awesome.

Mason:  Yeah, I mean, it’s like a very good recreation…

Beren:  It’s like an homage to B movies.

Mason:  ...of yeah, this B movie experience. And I haven’t seen a whole lot of B movies, but some of my favorites are like the kinda B horror flicks. Like Army of Darkness and Dead Alive. Have you seen that one?

Beren:  Yeah yeah yeah, totally. That’s uh, brother who directed Lord of the Rings...

Mason:  It’s Peter Jackson, I know. Isn’t it like really funny, that two of the most successful pop film directors got their start doing these terrible B movies.

Beren:  Yeah totally. They’re totally cult hit films now. Everybody loves them.

Mason:  It’s like there’s something to it.

Beren:  It’s so funny, though, Army of Darkness, like Bruce Campbell, he is directing a movie in Medford, Oregon, right now.

Mason:  Really?

Beren:  Yeah. I’m serious. He took over the whole town of Medford, and it’s like the set. I was down there with a band and we met all these locals and they were like, “Oh yeah, we just got done making a movie with Bruce Campbell.”

Mason:  They were like, “Oh yeah, we were hanging out with Bruce Campbell.”

Beren:  Yeah. He lives there. That’s like the B movie capital of the world.

Mason:  Like, “I rubbed his chin for good luck,” you know.



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Mason asks Beren if she’s seen Grindhouse, a B movie double feature by famous directors Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. She hasn’t seen it yet, but she’s heard it’s the ultimate B movie. “Grindhouse” is actually a slang term used to describe a theater that specializes in B movies.

Beren and Mason discuss how it’s rather amazing that the director who made Lord of the Rings also made one of the biggest B movies of all time, Dead Alive.

Another B movie star, Bruce Campbell, happens to live in a town in Oregon, the state where Mason and Beren live. If you go to that town you can see him on the street and you can be in his movies. That’s how low-budget B movies are!

What’s the worst movie you ever liked?



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Crazy Jet

Crazy Jet


i like the lord of the ring


02:16 AM Nov 07 2007 |




awesome films,even better than those so called blockbusters

01:17 AM Nov 07 2007 |




I'd totall never seen Dead alive and I am searching it in the internet.I 'll review these page later,it' really helpful!I am into it!

01:17 AM Nov 07 2007 |




oh,I like the film very much!

01:06 AM Nov 07 2007 |

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