B Movie

Nineteen-fifties early science fiction films, so called because they were rated 'B' under the old American system of movie classification.

Arguments persist as to whether such classics as This Island Earth, The Day The Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet, simply because of their vintage, should count under this category, as the stereotypical B Movie is usually low-budget, absurd and unintentionally humorous (and has been sent up in the likes of Mars Attacks). The Blob? is probably what people would call a 'proper' B Movie; Invasion Of The Body Snatchers? is probably not.

Answers to arrive by chrome-plated flying saucer, please.

These days, a 'B' movie could easily be a second movie fitted onto a cheap DVD to fill up the extra space...

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