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Old 03-30-2012, 07:55 AM
 
Location: Matthews, NC
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Default B movies that are better than they had a right to be

This thread is dedicated to "good" B movies. What I mean by that is a B movie that really could be an A movie with a couple tweaks.

For instance, Hobo with a Shotgun really could be an A movie if it had better production values and was a little less over the top gory. The story was as solid as Taxi Driver. An emotionally isolated man who feels he is in a world that is out of control so he takes matters into his own hands. Rutger Hauer's performance is flawless (as always).
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:43 AM
 
Location: The Lakes Region
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When "Runaway Train" was released it was somewhat of a B-Movie, until John Voight, Eric Roberts and Rebecca De Mornay stole the show with brilliant acting jobs that were subsequently Oscar nominated.

Same for the low budget "Rocky" that stole the show at the Oscars......... and launched Sly Stallone's career !!!!!!!
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Casablanca was intended as a B picture.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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This thread is dedicated to "good" B movies. What I mean by that is a B movie that really could be an A movie with a couple tweaks.

For instance, Hobo with a Shotgun really could be an A movie if it had better production values and was a little less over the top gory. The story was as solid as Taxi Driver. An emotionally isolated man who feels he is in a world that is out of control so he takes matters into his own hands. Rutger Hauer's performance is flawless (as always).
You've piqued my curiosity - what couple of tweaks could have made Hobo an A movie? It was pretty much trying it's damndest to be a C movie, and would have required a lot of work to even get to the B level. That's not to say I didn't enjoy every minute of it.

I always thought the Michael Morarity movie Q was better than its B movie status, but the special effects just weren't were they needed to be back then.
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:49 PM
 
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Would you consider Sling Blade a B movie? Any way, I really like it.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Maine
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The Terminator
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Drag Me to Hell was the most enjoyable B movie I've ever seen.
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Old 04-01-2012, 04:29 AM
 
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Cannibal Holocaust is certainly a B movie that is a hell of a lot better than it should have been. It's one of the dozens of Italian cannibal movies that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s that were generally about some people from New York City who went to some jungle inhabited by cannibals (usually the Amazon, but occasionally Papua New Guinea or Africa) and some of them got eaten.

However, Cannibal Holocaust is more than that. It has better acting than the rest of the cannibal movies, it is actually has some mystery to it, has one of the best and most memorable scores I have ever heard for a movie, and the cannibal tribes are actually portrayed as cultures with customs and rites that go beyond cannibalism. The primitives in most other cannibal movies could easily be replaced with monsters or zombies, but although the cannibal tribes in the movie do some very horrific things they aren't merely monsters and are even sympathetic through most of the movie.

The most talked about downside to the movie is the half a dozen real animals that were killed on-screen for the making of the movie and two of deaths are very graphic. Now, while they were indeed eaten by the actors, crew, and the real-life Amazon tribesmen during filming, most of it was unnecessary.

But overall, it is a surprisingly good movie. I especially enjoyed Robert Kerman's performance as the main character (which is impressive when you consider the fact that he was also a porn star who starred in a number adult films before and after the filming of this movie, his most notable porno role being Mr. Greenfeld in Debbie Does Dallas). And to end my rambling post, here is the beautiful theme of one of the most unpleasant (in a good way) movies ever made.


Cannibal Holocaust - Opening Theme Music (Riz Ortolani) - YouTube
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Halloween (the original)
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Drag Me to Hell was the most enjoyable B movie I've ever seen.
Loved it! One of those movies I was completely surprised I liked.
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