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A B-movie is one intended for the bottom half of a double bill.  These were
usually low budget and given little thought by the studios.  Often they were
unimaginative and formulaic, but sometimes a creative writer or director
could make a far more interesting film than the A-movie that played before
it.

The term has later been extended to any low-budget picture, particularly
disreputable "genre" pictures: crime, fantasy, science fiction, biker,
horror, teen, etc--the phrase "high concept" would apply here, before it was
coined.

Most B-pictures are made at A budgets today.


Scott Andrew Hutchins

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"I *hate* people who make 'education' sound like a dirty word."--Steve
Gerber, "Night of the Laughing Dead."  _The Man-Thing_ #5, May 1974.

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> can someone give me a good definition of a B-Movie?
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> morten
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