Attention, Kino-Cadets of the National Film Board of Ivanlandia: On July 6, 2011; Nathanael Hood of the fab blog Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear wrote in a comment hereat Ivanlandia: "You know what would be interesting? If you made a top 100 list of exploitation/monster/B-movies."
The gauntlet has been thrown! Huzzah!
“Exploitation/monster/B-movies” is a wide term, and the National Film Board of Ivanlandia admits to WIDE gaps in its cinematic knowledge—there’s known unknowns, and unknown unknowns. Then there’s the thousands of flicks we’ve never seen.
But when Super-Nate threw down that gauntlet, we were intrigued— lists are always fun— and can start dialogs—or arguments…
The Ivanlandia Caveat: This is not being put forward as a definitive, historical, or exhaustively researched—but the National Film Board of Ivanlandia did try to make it interesting— Some are obvious choices, but we didn’t want to overthink it— Some readers will complain of what’s not listed (I’m sure I missed something), but that’s what the “Comments” section’s for— Sure, T.H.E. L.I.S.T. is monster/horror heavy with lots of biker flicks, disaster movies, gore, noir and weirdness—
NOTE: Flicks with an asterisk (*) are “The New Exploitation”: often direct-to-DVD (the new drive-in), but usually a helluva lot more intelligent and intriguing than their A-list theatrical counterparts—just like a B-movie should.
Also, and a big factor— The flicks on T.H.E. L.I.S.T. are movies I’ve actually seen, liked and can recommend (even if they have recognizable warts)
FYI: I’ll be willing to argue the “exploitation/B-movie” merits of any of these pictures, but only in the “Comments” section below— otherwise, this post could become encyclopedic in length— and a man’s got to know his limitations.
T.H.E. L.I.S.T. (Alphabetically, so’s not to show favoritism, though) (Oh yeah, I think there's more than one hundred....)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) (I figure you already know about this one, but its inclusion was so not to give the impression that all of director Wes Craven’s flicks are recommended—the same can be said about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre)
Martyrs (2008) (*) (A flick I don’t really like, but do respect, and part of the “French Gore” subgenre of the “New EuroGore” genre, which includes Inside,High Tension and [REC]2--which was awesome, by the way)
Zardoz (1974) (because every film list should end with Zardoz)
As well as most, if not all of the films of: ROGER CORMAN WILLIAM CASTLE SAM FULLER GEORGE ROMERO JOHN CARPENTER DARIO ARGENTO JOHN WATERS RUSS MEYERS MARIO BAVA LARRY COHEN SERGIO LEONE BARRY SHEAR…
…And by the way, The United Provinces of Ivanlandia will be a joyful participant in The 1950s Monster Mash blogathon, sponsored by the always-trouble-makin’ Nate Hood at the Forgotten Classics of Yesteryear blog. Our entry is scheduled to be published on August 1, and will be about that kamp kitsch klassik The Blob! Stay tuned!
(Of course, coming up with this list of exploitation/monster/B-movies made me realize that The National Film Board of Ivanlandia needs to come up with its own essential viewing list—movies that all inhabitants of Ivanlandia need to see to retain citizenship! STAY TUNED…)
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