January 25th, 2006
|11:59 pm - We are confirmed for B-Fest!|
As some of you may recall, last January I attended a B-movie festival called B-Fest with evil_jim, matt_william, and a couple of people who don't have livejournals (imagine that). It was a good time (excrutiating, but good), and we'd been planning to go again this year. Tickets sold out quickly last year, so we had people calling as soon as the box office opened. Sadly, all the available spots filled up before we could even get through.
We reserved a spot on the waiting list, and set about planning our own mini-B-Fest. I was going to bring a stack of Ed Wood movies, Vincent Price's Dr. Phibes philms, and numerous "gems" such as Waxwork II, Death Race 2000, Forbidden Zone, and Shock Treatment.
Now I hafta* put 'em all back because our tickets have come through. On Friday morning I'll be heading down to Northwestern University for twenty four hours of
wine, women and song and women  movies -- some maligned, some forgotten, all of questionable quality.
Red denotes movies I've seen and to which I had a negative reaction.
Purple denotes movies I've never seen and was hoping to stay away from.
Blue denotes movies I've seen and actually like.
Green denotes the happiest movie ever. Would otherwise be blue.
Coffy is the color.
6:00 p.m. Introduction
6:05 p.m. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
7:40 p.m. Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3D
9:05 p.m. Godzilla (1998) -- Not an evil movie, just crappy.
11:25 p.m. Raffle for Door Prizes
11:45 p.m. The Wizard of Speed and Time
midnight Plan 9 From Outer Space
1:20 a.m. Coffy
3:00 a.m. Mystery Short
3:15 a.m. Gas-s-s-s!
4:40 a.m. Tromeo & Juliet -- My favorite Troma movie.
6:35 a.m. Mystery Short
6:55 a.m. Graffiti Bridge
8:35 a.m. Earth Girls are Easy -- I actually just bought this one...
10:15 a.m. Breakfast Break
10:45 a.m. Rhinestone
12:45 p.m. Cobra Woman
2:00 p.m. Mystery Short
2:20 p.m. Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2
3:55 p.m. King Kong (1933)
This is gonna be fantastic. I should get a little extra sleep over the next couple of days so I make it through the whole festival.
I'm so excited.
* This is such a real word that it's not even funny.
Current Mood: good
Current Music: In the Buff -- Closing Time
I love Earth Girls Are Easy.
And you could still hev your own B-Movie fest. Just get some friends together and have fun.
Oh, I know. It's a matter of finding a place to do it. My house is available, but I live with two other people and cleaning to a point where everybody's happy with the house is kind of a chore.
I did a Killer Tomatoes marathon in October, though. Maybe I'll do another marathon soon.
Sounds exciting-- have a great weekend!
...by which I assume you mean, "I'd rather commit hiri kiri than attend something like that!"
No, it should be fun. B-Fest is basically equivalent to an audience-participation version of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Good times. Bad movies. I'd be psyched if I were in the habit of using the word "psyched."
Naw, I would totally go to something like that.
hara kiri ("cut the middle"), but who even pays attention to details like that? ;)
Ah, thank you! I knew that there were As in there, but searching for various misspellings eventually led Google to suggest that I might have meant "hiri kiri." I used that spelling, but I knew it was wrong.
I didn't know that The Wizard of Speed and Time is only 15 minutes or less. Can you have your A8 delivered within that time?
...well, actually the legend above should read "the happiest short film ever." The Wizard of Speed and Time was originally produced as a live-action, stop-motion short, and that’s what we’re watching. The feature film was made some years later, and is a heavily-fictionalized account of the making of the short.
Though this impacts you not, I am totally going next year and will probably drag Liz along. I might even get my Northwestern grad friend (who now is doing his residency in Milwaukee but lives in Chicago) to come along, though bad movies aren't generally his thing.
In that case I'll just update you on the administrative details of this year's B-Fest: Tickets cost $35 -- $15 more than last year. They jacked the price because they sold out so quickly last year. As I said, we tried to buy tickets as soon as they were available this time, and we still wound up on a waiting list. If they raise the price again next year, I may not go. We'll see. Otherwise though, B-Fest is a blast.
I would have liked to go this year, had I known about it and were working and not recovering from back surgery. I don't want to test my back like that right now, even though I'd be free to move around when I needed.
Not that I disagree with Superman IV being on the list, but does it really count as a B movie? It was, believe it or not, a major Hollywood picture. Then again, I guess King Kong was too.
UGH, SO BAD. I'm not sure if Superman III is worse, though. At least that one had Richard Pryor.
You're right -- King Kong and Superman IV are not B-movies. The misuse of that term is a pet peeve of mine, so I'm going to pontificate for a moment. Ahem.
The phrase "B-movie" comes from the days when first-run films were shown as double features, and your ticket would get you two movies. Think of it like seeing a concert with an opening act. The headlining movie was referred to as the "A" picture, and the other one was the "B" picture. A pictures and B pictures had their own separate cultures. A pictures were the ones with big stars, big budgets, big directors and successful screenwriters. B pictures were just the lower-budgeted ones. Generally, Hollywood's working stiffs got their foot in the door with B-movies and used them as a stepping stone into A-movies.
King Kong and Superman IV cannot rightly be called B-movies, as they were conceived, budgeted, and marketed as blockbusters.
It's funny, but I first saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Star Trek V as a double-feature. It was hardly a standard setup, but that's how I saw it! Come to think of it, Star Trek came first -- hardly appropriate, given the two films in question. Still, I love me a Star Trek V...
So if Rocky is "supposedly" a Double-Feature, would that make Rocky the B movie (since it's supposed to be a spoof)? What other fictional film could have possibly played with it?
D'oh! I had originally mentioned something, and then must have deleted it while I was revising my comment: The B picture came first. So technically, Star Trek would've been in the right place.
As for Rocky: Good question. Fox made Rocky as an A-movie, but then deemed it unreleasable in the U.S. (I bet there's a good Wikipedia entry on this, but I'm too lazy to link it). It did well everywhere else, but by the time Fox did start showing it, they had relegated it to B-movie status (though I don't think they officially considered it one).
What would Rocky be paired with? Dunno. Even if you were to confine your choices to movies made during the same time period, you'd have lots of choices as far as B-movie spoofs and crappy musicals are concerned. Personally, my vote would be for Shock Treatment
, the little-known sequel (almost) to Rocky Horror.
Briefly, Shock Treatment was originally conceived to be a sequel, but Fox decided to sever Shock Treatment's conceptual ties to the previous movie because Rocky wasn't widely known and most of the principal actors were unavailable. Richard O'Brien heavily
revised his script, the movie was made, and it was billed as being "from the minds that brought you Rocky Horror" instead of being "RHPS2: With a Vengeance." Is it any good? Well, there's a reason it's not more popular, and I hate mentioning it to people who've never heard of it because I don't want to get their hopes up. But the songs are
catchy, and once you get past the initial "wait! This isn't what I expected!", it's a fun movie.
Incidentally, O'Brien did write an actual, genuine sequel in the late '80s which he sold to Fox, and which is unlikely ever to be made. The script is available online, and when I first encountered it I mistook it for fanfic, but Mr. O'Brien confirms that its the real thing. If it sounds interesting, I recommend it. It's called Revenge of the Old Queen.
I am in awe.
So it's not like a vinyl A-side/B-side thing? So bass ackwards.
In awe of what, my mad useless knowledge skillz?
Anyway, you've got it:
B-Movie = shown first, low production values.
A-Movie = shown second, high production values.
I'm in awe of the potential of not one, but TWO Rocky sequels.
Is O'Brien Riff-Raff? He was in Dark City.
Indeed you are correct. That is he.
Tromeo and Juliet actually hurt me with how awful it was. It was my one and only experience with the Troma movies, and I still wake up in cold sweats on occaision just recalling its horrors.
See, when Troma was first described to me, I was all excited. Then I actually saw some Troma productions, and they're absolute crap. They aim for the lowest common denominator of geeks.
Tromeo and Juliet is one of the better ones, I think, if only because it's actually very well made and an interesting take on Shakespeare's play. Would I recommend it to anybody? Not really, unless they specifically asked me which is the one Troma movie they should see. I can totally understand any aversion you may have to it.