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Picking Nits about Nada

Postby K. M. Kirby » Thu Apr 22, 2010 10:36 pm

Why do some people still refer to direct-to-video productions as "B-movies" in some cases?

Possibly there is an explanation to be found in Corman's shift to the home format, sometime in the Eighties between Deathstalker and Barbarian Queen. Even though double-bills had been all but wiped out by that point, the continued operation of the "King of the B's" seems to led some to lump all of his subsequent product under a term originally used in the context of projected cinema. In actual fact, direct-to-video things by other producers don't appear to merit the comparative honor of the "B-movie" label. In many cases, something like "Z-movie" might better describe the scriptless, inept tubefodder that spewed out in all directions once all the former standards of excellence were replaced by the fish-lure operating procedures of the new video rental industry.

And that's not even mentioning direct-to-cable and the more recent direct-to-dvd productions, both of which operate under even more paradigms. Some of these might not even deserve mention in any category at all.

Unless, of course, it's a Corman production; in which case, it's a B-movie, right?
--kk

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