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B movies are motion pictures characterized by their low budgets and short production times. While often examples of a particular genre, such as western, horror, or science fiction, the traditionally derogatory appellation “B movie” often is used to imply that the filmmakers were more concerned with profit than with artistic vision or quality. Since the 1990s, B movies have enjoyed increased attention both as ironic objects of camp appreciation and as works of art in and of themselves.

History of B Movies

While many viewers believe that the “B” stands for “bad,” the name actually traces its roots to the “double feature.” From the 1930s to the 1970s, movie theaters regularly showed two movies for the price of one: (1) the A movie, which had a high ...

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