Gut Rumbles

August 19, 2005

b movies

I read this post and it started me thinking, which is a dangerous thing at this time of the morning. I should be putting my recording studio together, but instead--- I'm sailing down memory lane, remembering shitty, cheap movies that I really like.

Night of the Living Dead. Got-dam!!! I STILL love that movie.

Big Bird Cage. That movie made me a big fan of sid haig. I still see that guy in movies today. He was in one episode of "Star Trek." He is one of my acting heroes.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The original. I saw it at a drive-in when I was stoned out of my mind and I loved it. Excellent movie.

Reefer Madness. That's a classic. The "Night Flight Cafe" on River Street in Savannah used to show old movies like that one on Monday nights, when beer was $1.00 for a pitcher. I used to go there, buy a pitcher of beer and watch those flicks. The sad thing about "Reefer Madness" is that a lot of people believed that bullshit, and that's where a lot of our marijuana laws came from. People watch it now and guffaw, but the laws are still on the books.

The Evil Dead II. Two scenes in that movie are teriffic. The first is when the hero looks in the mirror and tells himself that he's NOT going crazy, only to have his reflection reach out and grab him by the throat. The second is when that dislocated eyeball goes flying across the room and ends up in a screaming woman's mouth.

Rocky Horror Picture Show. I don't believe that anyone can set out to create a cult classic. It just happens by itself. It happened with that one.

The Angry Red Planet. That one has all the ingriedents if a 1950s B-movie. They have a monkey on board the spacecraft and castor wheels on the control room chairs. Can't beat that!

The Brain That Wouldn't Die. Here's the plot. A mad scientist has a girlfriend who is killed in a car wreck. He cuts her head off and preserves it in a vat of chemicals, and she remains alive--- even able to talk to him, when she doesn't have a neck anymore. He's got some kind of creature that he's been working on in his laboratory. That thing rips off the arm of his associate one day and kills the mad scientist. The lab goes up in flames and the girlfriend is happy to burn, too. Scared the shit out of me when I was 12 years old.

I am a fan of "Mystery Science Theater," too. I like those old, really cheesy movies.


The creature from the black lagoon kept me out of the river for a while. That movie scared the holy shit out of me when I was a kid.

Posted by: gravdigr on August 19, 2005 11:15 AM

My all time favorite is the INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN (1957, B+W) He gets sprayed by some mysterious mist (while out on a boat) and little by little he starts to shrink....the coup de grace if you will, was his battle with the spider in the basement.....(with a straight pin, as I recall) NOW that movie used to really really creep me out, yet...I could NOT look away. Really cool...

Posted by: Ruth on August 19, 2005 11:25 AM

The original version of The Haunting (1963) scared the wotsits out of me when I was little (and not so little - even now I hold my breath and want to hide whe then knocking noise starts...) eeek!
And Oohoohooh, who's your favourite character in the RHPS then? I can just imaging you playing Frankenfurter ;)

(ducks - runs...)

Posted by: Misty on August 19, 2005 11:27 AM

IMO, you missed a third great scene from Evil Dead II: When the hero ties a chainsaw to his stump of an arm, starts 'er up, and says "Groovy".

Posted by: Tom on August 19, 2005 11:52 AM

In my yoot, there was a drive-in movie called "Blood Feast". Anybody get roped into going to see that one? The thing scared the shit out of girls. They always scooted a little closer during the most horrid scenes. I saw it several times with several different girls....well, with a couple of them, not a single frame of movie was watched. Sigh.....yoot is wasted on the young!

Posted by: James Hooker, Ace of aces on August 19, 2005 11:55 AM

... I hate ALL zombie movies... even Sean of the Dead was freaky... give me a werewolf any day...

Posted by: Eric on August 19, 2005 11:59 AM

Army of darkness. Best b movie ever. Bruce Cambell cracks me up. He has an interchangable arm, chainsaw/shotgun and battles an army of the dead. What more do you need?

Posted by: gravdigr on August 19, 2005 11:59 AM

Jeez, why do you make me think this early in the day? I love B-movies but I'm more of a psycho-thriller kind of girl.

Forbidden Planet, The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (don't you love that scene where she reaches in and grabs her boyfriend out of the bar?) and I loved the bad girl 50s stuff.

High School Hellcats was a big favorite. Man those girls were macha.

Posted by: Libby on August 19, 2005 12:03 PM

"Plan 9 From Outer Space" was Bela Lugosi's last movie. He died during the filming and the rest of his part was played by a friend of the director holding a cape on his arm across his face.
This is possibly the worst movie ever made with paper plates on strings for flying saucers and the cockpit of a space ship that would shame a 5 year old.
It is probably also the funniest B movie ever made because it is so bad.
Your video store should have it in the 50c a month section.

Posted by: Henry Blowfly on August 19, 2005 12:20 PM

I'll tell Sid Haig you said hi. I'm going to see him next weekend at the Monster Mania Con 4 in New Jersey.
(I run security there every year).

Posted by: Gregor on August 19, 2005 12:29 PM

Gotta love "Death Race 2000" with David Carradine. Hey--it was produced by Roger Corman, that's all you need to know so you know it was great!

Gotta love the idea of folks driving high-powered cars trying to "score" pedestrians. :-)

Posted by: Garry K on August 19, 2005 12:36 PM

I agree that Plan 9 From Outer Space by Ed Wood was THE worse movie ever made and is a cult classic.

Posted by: JPC on August 19, 2005 02:34 PM

I used to think the old serial Dark Shadows (although scary to me as a kid) was one of the most poorly filmed shows.....(from headstones that were clearly made out of styrofoam, and doors that were little more than cardboard, and even actors who flubbed their lines) However, back in the 60's, on a summer afternoon, (at 4pm) it used to scare the bejezus outta me.....

Posted by: Ruth on August 19, 2005 02:47 PM

I saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre at the drive-in also. I always thought it would have been cool to smuggle a chainsaw into the drive-in and at just the right moment start it up and run through the lot!

Posted by: mcdadbear on August 19, 2005 03:04 PM

Damn Rob didn't you ever see the Re-animator or Bride of Re-animator? Those were a kick!

Posted by: RayH on August 19, 2005 03:38 PM

I forgot "The Reanimator." I LOVED that movie, especially the scene where the guy with no head gave the girl strapped to the table head by holding his severed head in his hands... see what a twisted fucker I am?

Posted by: Acidman on August 19, 2005 05:19 PM

You and my husband need to get together and watch movies. He is a horror/sci fi freak. He loves Bruce Campbell.
It's because of him that I learned to enjoy even the really bad B-movies. He showed me The Reanimator and it's so funny. I love Rocky Horror too.

My father in law took my husband to see scary movies at the drive in when he was a little boy starting at the age of 3. His mom didn't like that, but no matter. (and no, he's not a violent person because of that).

Posted by: UziQ on August 19, 2005 05:40 PM

I have a recurring nightmare about "The Brain That Wouldn't Live". Produced by rotten feminazi divorce court judges, brought to you by liberals everywhere.

Posted by: Cappy on August 19, 2005 09:12 PM

I consider "Touch of Evil" to be the greatest B-movie ever made.

Posted by: Brett on August 20, 2005 02:35 PM

Rob, I can't believe "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" isn't on your list of cheesy "B" movies.

Posted by: Joni on August 22, 2005 04:01 AM
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