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Your Guide to Low Budget Films


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What is a B Movie?

Mostly low-budget movies that are independent (no studio backing).

"Although there are many differing opinions as to what a b-movie actually is, there is only one real technical definition to the term. The actual technical definition is that a b-movie was the second movie on a double bill. It was typically a low budget formula type film, which fell somewhere in the suspense, horror, sci-fi, western, exploitation or gangster genres, although there were other genres covered as well. 

"This definition later gave way to the wider definition of b-movie, which basically encompassed any low budget film. Now I personally have a problem with this definition, because as a classic film reviewer, I've reviewed a wide variety of classic b-movies that taken as a whole, have a feel that truly sets them apart as an all encompassing genre unto themselves. 

"So what exactly is a b-movie? Well if you've ever seen one of those cheesy sci-fi movies from the 50's, or seen a goofy old monster movie where the monster looks like something out of a Sid and Marty Krofft Saturday morning kid's show, then you've seen a b-movie. B-movies have a feeling and a style all their own. They're low budget, formulaic, and often feature some of the cheesiest acting and dialogue you'll ever see on film."

Source: Duane L. Martin

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