Sunday, August 14, 2011

10 Awesome B Movies

Today at TNR we're happy to welcome Alex J. Cavanaugh for a special guest post. Alex is presenting his top 10 picks for B Movies. Without further ado...

Ten Favorite Genre B Movies 

Today I’d like to share with you the best of the worst. That’s right, the finest science fiction/horror/fantasy grade B movies the world has ever seen! Well, that may be an exaggeration. Let’s just say I find these really interesting…

Deep Rising
Best scene – the group trapped in an elevator, there’s a loud noise, followed by elevator music
Treat Williams “What the hell is that?”
Kevin J. O’Connor “The Girl From Ipanema?”

The only movie named Cube that actually shows a man being sliced into cubes – how cool is that?

Evil Dead II
For my money, the greatest B movie ever made. Now, “Give me back my hand!”

Dungeons & Dragons
Before the film began, some guys were talking about the Berserker in the movie. I was both saddened and delighted that I knew what they were discussing.

Lake Placid
Giant crocodile, awkward romance, and Betty White cussing up a storm – bring the popcorn.

I never could figure out why they named Tanya Roberts’ breasts Kodo and Podo…

The most uncomfortable oral-sex scene put on film. (I hope!)

Day of the Dead 1985
How can you not enjoy a film featuring a man being ripped in half?

The perfect combination of graboids, gun nuts, and every degree of Kevin Bacon.

Flash Gordon 1980
It’s like a train wreck I keep watching over and over again. And with a Queen soundtrack!

Thanks again TS for this opportunity to share the top cheese in film.
Now, what’s your favorite B grade movie?

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games, and he covers those topics on his blog. His first book, CassaStar, was released last fall and is available in trade paperback and all eBook formats. The sequel, CassaFire, comes out next February.

Alex J. Cavanaugh 


  1. Hilarious comments. :) I should point out that I loved Beastmaster (can recite plenty of the lines), Tremors (who doesn't love Kevin Bacon) and Flash Gordon was awesome. What do you mean it's a B movie. The evil princess rocked. (These things called tears fall from my eyes.) And the bird-man army was great. :)

  2. When I was a kid, 7 or 8 years old, my grand father caught me singing "Flash... AHHHahhhh...the savior of the Universe". Sigh. I was drug by my ear all the way to church to be, well, let's just say that not many folks there thought those lyrics were as awesome as I did.

    I've actually seen six of the movies on your list, not bad for someone who doesn't considerbhimself much of a movie person. Agreed aboutnEvil Dead 2. Mind blowing genius.

  3. Thanks again, TS!
    Laila, my wife gives me grief about Flash Gordon, but I still think it rocks.

  4. Lovely husband would love most of them! Some cracked me up! Alex, you're hilarious :)

  5. My vote for best B movies goes to Hardware and Watch It. If you haven't seen those, you should!

  6. Awwwww Flash!! A-ha!! Saviour of the universe!! Yay!! Awwww I can't think of specific films more like their directors so erm.. George Romero, Russ Meyer, Ed Wood, John Waters.. all crazy people but fab films! LOL!!

    Plan 9 from Outer Space and the original 1950's/60's type sci-fi horror films like The Fly and erm.. Invasion of the Body Snatchers.. Attack of the 50 foot woman...!! Oh too many!!! I'm off to lie down now!

    Take care

  7. My favorite on your list is definitely Cube. I just mentioned it to my husband and he's never seen it. Can you guess what we're going to watch this weekend?

    You described Flash Gordon perfectly. I can't believe I actually saw that in the theater.

    My fave B-movie is Barbarella. Outer space agent in a skimpy outfit, lots of campy danger, positronic ray, The Great Tyrant with her Black Guards, and Barbarella thanking Pygar (birdman or blind angel in a feather loincloth) for saving her by sleeping with him. Come on, what more could I ask for? Well, maybe a zombie or two.

  8. I loved Lake Placid and Tremors - nothing like a good monster movie.

  9. Rusty, Raimi was a genius!

    Damy, I'm here for your amusement - thanks!

    Kitty, Plan 9 was truly awful.

    Isis, I saw Flash in theaters as well.

    Diane, monster movies rock.

  10. I love Betty White because of Lake Placid (and the muffin skit on SNL). Ok, maybe I liked Golden Girls just a tiny bit too. This is a great list!

  11. I've actually seen 4 of the movies, Lake Placid, Beastmaster, Tremors and Flash Gordon. Lake Placid was kinda spooky for sure. I think the special affects people on both Tremors and Flash Gordon had to really laugh when they watched the movies. I mean a worm and cliffs were so fake looking! Great comments! lol

  12. Ok, I have to admit to seeing "Tremors" and being intrigued by it. The rest of the movies will need to wait until I am either really drunk or really bored. You know--like next week.

  13. don't judge me, but I rewatched Tremors and Lake Placid both within the last 2 months! (I'm bored ok)

  14. I love that dialogue snippet from Deep Rising :)

  15. WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! No one puts Treat into a B movie category! NEVER!!! haha. BTW...nice look!

  16. Julie, that movie is worth Betty White's scenes alone!

    Betty, I expect a full report!

    Baygirl, I've watched them both within the last year.

    Carol, it was really funny!

  17. I saw the last 3. I thought Tremors was a great surprise when I saw it in the theater when it first came out. I had no idea what to expect and I was very happy with what I was delivered. The "Dead" franchise is one of my favorites.
    In 1981 I was part of a touring theatrical production that featured Flash Gordon to capitalize on the movie craze so that film is a sentimental favorite.

    Tossing It Out

  18. a list with tremors, beast master, and flash gordon is just filled with too much win.

  19. This is a great list of B movies. B sounds like second best, but I don't think so.

  20. I remember Beastmaster from when I was a kid, but honestly,, love Evil Dead 2. Hilarious stuff. Army of Darkness was cool too, just a little tooooo cartoony.

  21. Lee, the Evil Dead movies are sheer genius. Really cool you were part of a theater production for Flash Gordon.

    Budd, they're all awesome!

    MRanthrope, that's why I went with the second Evil Dead film. And Beastmaster is a win for only one reason. Well, technically two...

  22. Oh my gosh! Flash Gordon...I had not thought about Ming the Merciless in years. Timothy Dalton in green tights alone is worth a watch. :)

    And Tremors is NOT a B movie...giant rhythmically challenged worms and Kevin Bacon as hick-hero are soooo grade A stuff, Alex!

  23. Man I feel ignorant, I don't know about any of those movies; but when I was a kid I heard of Flash Gordon.

  24. I still say Deep Rising is the best off this list. It's just good fun with some horrible humor throughout. A total blast of a film. Well maybe it ties with Evil Dead II. And Tremors does give them a good run for their money...

  25. I avoid zombie movies at all costs, as you know. I enjoyed Tremors, The Cube and Beastmaster. This just jogged my memory of a bad movie ... Thanks.

  26. Raquel, it's really close. And I've tried to forget Dalton in tights.

    Mary, see? I knew you'd think of some bad movies...

  27. What the heck? Dawn of the Dead is only a "B" movie?
    You are so right about that classic line from Deep Rising. Great list Alex!
    I hadn't thought about a list, but my FAVORITE "B" movie is DOA with Edumnd O'Brien. Neville Brand was amazing in it also...In a "B" sense.

  28. I can't believe they made 2 sequels to Lake Placid and 3 to Tremors. Betty White is the shit.

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  30. Pat, glad you approve of the Deep Rising line!

    PTm, yes she is!

    Adorably, I had to include it.

  31. Lake Placid id definitely my top favorite B-movie. Great list, I see a movie night coming on! :)

  32. Fun! Don't know if I'm proud or embarrassed to say I've never seen any of them ... sad!

  33. Thanks for bringing in Alex today.

    Fun post Alex. Tremors is my favorite B movie of all time. (And The Creature from the Black Lagoon). I really liked Anaconda too... and Lake Placid. Seems I have a watery death theme going on.

    And now I have to watch Deep Rising, just so I can see that scene in the elevator.

    “The Girl From Ipanema” is awesome. I'm gonna go listen to it right now.

  34. I"ll have to see Lake Placid, as I'm a huge Betty White fan! Tremors is my next choice. Thanks for this great list that will come in handy as we just started subscribing to Netflix! A special thanks to TS for hosting Alex! Julie

  35. Fabulous list. I loved Lake Placid and Tremors!

    Ellie Garratt

  36. Amy, glad I could inspire you.

    Doralynn, if you like water movies, Deep Rising is for you!

    Julie, she's quite vocal in the movie.

    Thanks again, TS!

  37. I work so hard to avoid watching B movies, Alex, and yet here you are promoting the best of the worst. :)

  38. Alex, It was my pleasure, thanks for guesting.

  39. Late to the party as usual, but I loved these movies, Evil Dead II and Day of the Dead in particular. They're B for Brilliantly funny. LOL! Laila is right, that evil queen rocked and shame on you for Kodo and Podo. ;)

  40. Patricia, there are good ones out there!

    Melissa, isn't that what they were called...?

  41. I'm upset you consider Tremors a B movie. It's got Bacon in it. BACON!

  42. I remember Evil DeadII! I remember I really enjoyed it, too. Wonder if I still would? Think I was in high school...

  43. ooh, Lake Placid and Tremors...those make me toss my popcorn, lol~ Fun memories with those flicks!
    Great list~

  44. Corrupt, but it also has worms!

    Elizabeth, I've watched it within the past year, and it's campy but fun.

    Ella, make you jump?

  45. I've seen Tremors....but I think that's the only one I've seen on this list.

    Congrats on the upcoming book, Alex!

  46. Thanks, Marlene!

    And thanks again, TS - this was a blast.

  47. I wonder what it says about me that I love some of those movies. Tremors is great though the sequels were terrible. I watched Beastmaster and Flash Gordon many times with my kids. And Lake Placid is worth it for Betty White.

  48. Some great picks you have there, Alex! :)
    Evil Dead 2 is probably the best B-Movie ever made. I also love Tremors, Lake Placid and The Cube. Haven't seen Re-animator, but thanks for reminding me about it. Deep Rising was okay.. may be a bit too cheesy for my taste. Otherwise, fantastic and very 'colorful' list!

  49. Susan, the Tremor sequels were awful. And I guess cussing isn't something new for Betty White, either.

    George, Evil Dead II wins hands down. Check out Re-animator some time. Just remember, you were warned...

  50. This proves my point and validates my comment on Alex's blog about the Top Ten Worst Movies upcoming Blogfest. I have not seen all the above but the ones I have...I loved (meaning I give them more than B status). Some I have seen more than once or twice.

  51. I just say i love tremors..probably one of my favorite movies...i know every line and every move they are gonna make....dnt judge me... i like a lot of actual good movies too....but tremors...thats my go to movie...never get tired of it!! ( as i go to my dvr and start tremors now)

  52. Chuck, I've seen all of these movies many times. Some of them ARE awful (D&D for one) but they still won't end up on my list of worst.

    Golden, Tremors was great! Very fun movie.


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