Cheap Cinema: The B Movies Quiz



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Not every movie is cut out to be the next "Star Wars." How much do you know about B movies? Take this quiz to find out.

What's one defining trait of a B movie?

B movies are all low-budget productions. Some are terrible, but many B movies have gained fame for their ingenuity or artistry.


How were B movies often released to the public?

In the early days of film, theaters often billed films as double features, with a big A-level Hollywood feature accompanied by a lesser promoted B movie.


True or false: B movies are a graveyard for unskilled or washed-up actors.

Many top-notch talents (Jack Nicholson, John Wayne, Pam Grier, etc.) worked in B movies, which provided a steady source of income and exposure.


In the 1930s, what genre were most B movies?

In the '40s, Westerns declined in popularity.


Which A-list actor starred in 2005's "Alone in the Dark"?

Slater is a detective of supernatural phenomenon is this bomb of a movie, considered by some to be the worst move in Hollywood history.


What was the budget for the terrible "Alone in the Dark"?

In spite of a $20 million budget, the film makes almost no sense, and it certainly found no audience — it lost at the box office by earning only $10 million.


About how many drive-in theaters were there in the U.S. in the mid-1950s?

There were about 3,700 drive-in theaters, which contributed to the popularity of B movies. That's because B movies, with their often predictable premises, were perfect for audiences sitting in cars.


What sort of creature does actor Gary Busey play in a 2005 B movie?

Busey is the "The Gingerdead Man," a killer cookie that begins a killing spree in Texas. In the end, the kooky killer is cooked to death in an oven … or is he?


In what year was "Plan 9 From Outer Space" released?

This 1959 black-and-white B movie was made by the famous Ed Wood, who wrote, directed, produced and edited the film.


What is "Plan 9"?

Aliens planned to prevent humans from creating an advanced weapon that could destroy the entire universe. The movie gained fame starting in the '80s, when critics dubbed it one of the worst films ever created.


What was one common definition of a B movie in the mid-20th century?

Length was often an indicator of B movies, which were rarely 80 minutes long. Often, they were much shorter.


Who starred in 1957's "House on Haunted Hill"?

Vincent Price played a millionaire offering a cash prize to anyone who can survive a night in a haunted house. The acting is totally goofy, and the special effects are practically homemade crafts.


What monster is the star of 1979's "Prophecy"?

A huge mutant bear rampages through society, apparently as a commentary on humanity's selfish ways and their environmental impact.


One 1984 B movie has the title "CHUD," which stands for what?

"CHUD," which stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, is about toxic waste creating a race of underground cannibals that terrorize New York City.


Who starred in 1970's "Hercules in New York"?

"Hercules in New York" was Arnold's first feature film. His English was so poor then that his lines are almost unintelligible.


What was the superability of the man in Roger Corman's 1963 B movie?

"X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes" can see through clothing and other objects. Don Rickles starred in this film, which actually got good reviews.


What was the only way to stop the creepy creature in 1959's "The Tingler"?

To stop "The Tingler," audiences were encouraged to scream as loudly as possible. In some theaters, a vibrating mechanism was installed on seating to give scary scenes an extra jolt.


What is the name of Pam Grier's first B movie?

"The Big Doll House" is about women in prison. The tagline for the film was "their bodies were caged, but not their desires. They would do anything for a man. Or to him."


What was the budget for "The Big Doll House"?

In 1971, that $125,000 budget was actually pretty sizable. The movie went on to make millions of dollars in rentals and spawned a sequel called "The Big Bird Cage."


In "Killer Klowns From Outer Space," what do the clowns plan to do with humans?

The clowns in this movie are ravenous — they plan to kill and eat all the humans on Earth.


What freaky creature goes on the attack in 1974's "It's Alive"?

The mutant baby is a hardcore killer and is so dangerous that the National Guard is called in to stop the murder spree.


Which huge Hollywood star got his first feature film lead in "Mazes and Monsters"?

Tom Hanks was 26 years old when he starred in this B movie, which linked the "Dungeons & Dragons" gaming craze to Satanism and mental illness.


What year was "Killer Klowns From Outer Space" released?

This 1988 film is one of the most famous B movies made in recent decades. It was written and directed by the Chiodo Bros., who have worked on many other Hollywood productions.


In "Sharknado," a tornado of sharks descends on which helpless city?

In a swirl of gaping teeth, the sharks tear apart people in Los Angeles. It stars celebrities Ian Ziering and Tara Reid and caused a media ruckus in 2013.


What crazed entity emerges from the sea to attack humanity in "It Came From the Sea"?

Enraged by atomic bomb tests, a humungous octopus claws its way out of the sea to kill people. In one famous scene it climbs the Golden Gate Bridge.


What was the budget for 1967's "Mars Needs Women"?

The movie was made for $20,000 by creator Larry Buchanan, who has been called one of the worst filmmakers in history.


"Death Bed," a 1977 B Movie, features which monster?

In "Death Bed: The Bed That Eats," the bed actually does eat people. It eats people and drinks wine. "Death Bed" was director George Barry's only film.


Who stars in the 1958 version of "The Blob"?

Steve McQueen stars in the movie. He was later nominated for an Academy Award for his work in "The Sand Pebbles."


What's a Z movie?

Z movies are movies with ultrasmall budgets (even smaller than B movies), and they are typically very short, too.


What causes the main character to get smaller and smaller in "The Incredible Shrinking Man"?

A radioactive cloud of mist envelopes the man, who begins shrinking. He is eventually attacked by his own cat and a spider, and he's never cured of his condition.


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