bmovies

Redheads Writing In Cafes: B-movie Makers Who Inspire Me

I have always been madly in love with b-movies. Especially, 1950s b-movies. I’m extra in love with bad b-movies. The badder the better and especially in times like this. We need something fun to distract ourselves.

Prior to pandemic jail my husband and I ran a monthly b-movie night called Killer B Cinema. We were trying to figure out how to keep it going on YouTube, but they make it incredibly hard for you to do that. So, we are on hiatus until we figure something else out. We are praying that our venue (See-Scape in the Junction) continues to be ok, so when we get out of jail we can continue on. In the meantime, we are working on another way to show our movies.

The movies themselves are a lot of fun, however, for me anyway, there is something about the determination and passion of the people behind the movies that truly inspires me. Makers, writers, directors and producers such Ed Wood Jr., Roger Corman, William Castle, and Herman Cohen are tops for me with extra fondness for Ed Wood.

Why Ed Wood Jr.? Why not Ed Wood Jr.! To me, he was a genius. Not only was he a genius, he has a determination and passion that is beyond inspiring. Ed Wood Jr., would do anything and everything it took to get his movies completed and to the big screen. Many considered his films laughable, and critics panned him, but he never, ever stopped. Every once in a while, when I’m feeling discouraged and on the cusp of quitting, I remind myself, that Ed Wood Jr., never gave up. If he has no money, he would find ways to build his sets. Couldn’t afford actors, he’d cast friends, heck most of the actors who worked for him, were in several of his movies and continued to work with him knowing they may never get paid. They wanted his movies to succeed just as much as he did. Those same actors often helped to build sets, do make-up, wore their own clothing and even helped finance when they could.

Roger Corman is another film maker who got his movies done the same way. The 1960 version of Little Shop of Horrors, has many of the actors doing lighting, sets, make-up and wardrobe. Actress Jackie Joseph, who played Audrey (the human) wore her own clothing for the movie.

On a rainy or snowy day, it’s comforting to have a marathon of these kinds of movies, it has also inspired my husband and I to start making our own b-movie. If we follow the lead of those who inspire us, if we have a camera, the world is ours! If you remember your own passion, the world can be yours too!

Below are a few of their movies for you to watch (YouTube). Enjoy!

Stay The Fuck Home The Creature From The Black Lagoon Edition

I have a soft spot for B-movie creatures. My biggest soft spot is for King Kong, Frankenstein and the Creature from The Black Lagoon. I often wonder if I’m drawn to them because I always feel like I’m out of my element, especially when I was a teenager. I felt like I was growing up in a place I not only didn’t belong in, but was put there without my own choice. The three creatures I just mentioned, were either yanked away from their home, brought back to life against their will or had their home invaded by unwelcome visitors. All things they never asked for. All things throwing them out of their own element.

Many moons ago, while I was browsing DVDs at Sonic Boom (Toronto), I came across one of many box sets I ended up purchasing, of these beloved creatures. The first one I bought was Frankenstein, then The Creature From The Black Lagoon, Then Dracula and finally The Wolf Man. The only one I’m missing is The Mummy (again… my birthday is coming soon). I’ve watched all of these box sets over and over again, but the one I’ve watched the most is The Creature From The Black Lagoon. I tend to crave it the most right around this time of year. I’m not sure why. I tend to watch it along with the first Jaws movie. Maybe it’s my version so Summer Fever?

My good friend Carlin who passed away in December of 2019 created dolls and made me my very own Creature From The Black Lagoon. I will cherish it always.

The Creature From The Black Lagoon had two sequels, Revenge of the Creature (1955), in 3D and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956), filmed in 2D. Abbott and Costello even had a comedic episode on the Colgate Comedy Hour called Abbott and Costello Meet the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Then… there was failed attempts at a reboot. I’m generally not a fan of remakes. I love when movie creatures inspire other movies such as The Shape of Water, but when a movie doesn’t need to be remade… just leave well enough alone.

Watching all of these amazing b-movies and creature features, really has me wanting to finally make one of my own!

Stay The Fuck Home Creature Features Edition

I find some of the best cinematic entertainment, for me anyway, is b-movies. Especially, 1950s creature features and scifi. Honestly, how can you not. Not to mention how inspiring it is to hear stories about what the creators did to ensure their movies got made! Below are some really popular b-movies as a well as some of my all time favourites!

I have most of these in box sets, but you can find many on YouTube!

What are some of your favourite creature features?

Enjoy!

(links below are a combo of full movies and trailers)

Creature From The Black Lagoon

Little Shop of Horrors

Godzilla

Famous Monsters The Wolf Man

Famous Monsters The Mummy

Other B Movie Creature Features I Love Below are some of my favourite b-movie creature features that I’ve watch many times over!

The Giant Gila Monster

Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster

Lady Frankenstein

Attack of the Giant Leeches

The Amazing Colossal Man

Them!

The Giant Spider Invasion

Killer B Cinema

Hello! In light of the times we are living in and since we are unable to show our movies at See-Scape at the moment, Zed Dulac and I will be launching a YouTube Channel for Killer B Cinema soon! Please subscribe to our channel as well as please share this far and wide!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBL1yTgfQduQheeYGu_MTwg

Stay The Fuck Home The Livestream Edition

Social distancing is preventing us from going to events. Since we can’t go to them, events are coming to us via livestreams! YouTube, Instagram and Facebook are generally the chosen platform, however, theatre and opera are also streaming from venues. I’ve provided a list below.

Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz
https://www.timeout.com/news/the-worlds-coolest-theatre-is-streaming-a-play-every-night-for-free-032320?fbclid=IwAR2B-54x6w9jkdkCtRFWq02ZQdaXcTL7K-JuRHqJKqKd0H92HL_JQVT2FQY

RIOT at the Movies is an awesome Toronto group that posts b-movie events as well as listing movie recommendations and commentary. Adam has been doing livestreams via FB.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1690165747926557/

Billboard has a great list of music live streams
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/9335531/coronavirus-quarantine-music-events-online-streams

A great article on What theatres are performing online this week across Canada
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/article-what-theatres-are-performing-online-this-week-across-canada/?utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_source=Nestruck%20on%20Theatre&utm_type=text&utm_content=Theatre&utm_campaign=2020-3-24_16&cu_id=z3ZUmFNE9CRbWhZmqo2LpPff5R6jzfNA

Slow Fizz Soul Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/events/585558542171548/

Write Bloody North
https://www.facebook.com/events/2548626035378780/?event_time_id=2549783858596331

Toronto Poetry Slam (Apr 3)
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoPoetrySlam/?hc_location=ufi

National Arts Centre. https://nac-cna.ca/fr/canadaperforms/apply?fbclid=IwAR2qOFN_BqwxCYqb-h3ahtGq9zo21WpUc7koEz8SceCeGXUp2DTRHK3vViU

Killer B Cinema presents: Zuma: Lord of The Snakes

The March 6th Killer B Cinema movie will be Zuma: Lord of The Snakes (more info below)! We will also have a cartoon or short and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Audience Participation approved!

Here is the link to the Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/547387286003455/

A huge thank you to our prize sponsors Mark Sanders of Mark Malibu & the Wasagas, John Oughton, Adrienne Smith, David Bateman Toronto SILENT FILM Festival and Rod, Gun & Barbers: Parkdale!

Doors Open at 8 pm and movie begins at 8:30.

Movie info: Zuma: Lord of the Snakes is a movie remake of one of the oldest and most popular comic books in the Philippines. It stars Max Laurel as Zuma, a creature donning a snake over his shoulder which perfectly accentuates his monster-like features. The Snake King will eat your heart out!

Info about See-Scape:
Our movies will be shown on the second floor! There are two bars available in See-Scape. The bar is open on the second floor during our event and is cash only. Debit/Credit purchases are available on the main floor. See-Scape also has an amazing menu. To learn more about See-Scape, please click here! https://www.seescapeto.com/

How to get there:
See-Scape is located at 347 Keele Street and the event space is on the second floor. There are a few ways to get to See-Scape.

From Keele Station — take the 41, 89 or 989 bus north. Get off just before Dundas. It is about a 5 minute bus ride from the station. (You can also walk from Keele Station in approximately 15 minutes).

From Dundas West Station — Take the 40 Junction bus. Get off at Keele, then walk south on Keele. See-Scape is a few buildings down. It is approximately a 10 minute bus ride from the station.

Parking:There is a Green P parking lot beside See-Scape and a few other paid parking lots close by.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for killer B-moves from the 1930s to present! Please like our page @killerbcinema so you don’t miss an invite.

Thank you to the See-Scape and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at See-Scape.

Day 24

Day 24! I can’t believe I’m on day 24 already! I honestly look forward to waking up and doing yoga every day. They say it takes 28 days to break or start a new habit. I’m 4 days away from 28, but I already feel this is now a daily habit. A healthy habit.


I LOVE B MOVIES! All kinds, from all eras. It’s why Zed Dulac and I started Killer B Cinema. We both grew up watching them. Though I loved them then, I don’t think I really started to appreciate them until I was older. The plots, the costumes, the badly written scripts! One of my all-time favourites that I NEVER get bored watching is Plan 9 From Outer Space. I love Ed Wood Jr. for not just this movie, but for his motivation to live out his dream of making movies. He was a fascinating person with an inspiring drive. When I want to give up on a creative project I will say to myself, would Ed Wood have given up. NO! So I don’t either.


Do you have a favourite b movie? A favourite genre? Who is still doing the Yoga Challenge?

Killer B Cinema presents: Mahakaal

To kick-off October (aka The Month Of Halloween) Killer B Cinema is showing the 1993 Indian horror film classic Mahakaal (more info below)! We will also have a cartoon or short and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Audience Participation approved!

Dress-up in your Halloween best for our Spooktacular raffle prize!

Doors open at 8 pm and movie begins at 8:30. (Facebook invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/646529995832115/)

Movie info:

Mahakaal (also known as The Monster and Time of Death) is a 1993 Indian horror film. It was directed by Shyam Ramsay and Tulsi Ramsay and is a ripoff of the American horror film franchise A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film soundtrack was composed by Anand–Milind, and the background score was composed by K. J. Sing, Y.V. Tyagi and Vishal.

Info about See-Scape:

Our movies will be shown on the second floor! There are two bars available in See-Scape. The bar is open on the second floor during our event and is cash only. Debit/Credit purchases are available on the main floor. See-Scape also has an amazing menu. To learn more about See-Scape, please click here! https://www.seescapeto.com/

How to get there:

See-Scape is located at 347 Keele Street and the event space is on the second floor. There are a few ways to get to See-Scape.

From Keele Station — take the 41, 89 or 989 bus north. Get off just before Dundas. It is about a 5 minute bus ride from the station. (You can also walk from Keele Station in approximately 15 minutes).

From Dundas West Station — Take the 40 Junction bus. Get off at Keele, then walk south on Keele. See-Scape is a few buildings down. It is approximately a 10 minute bus ride from the station.

Parking:
There is a Green P parking lot beside See-Scape and a few other paid parking lots close by.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for killer B-moves from the 1930s to present! Please like our page @killerbcinema so you don’t miss an invite.

Thank you to the See-Scape and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at See-Scape.

Killer B Cinema presents: 3 Dev Adam

Tonight is the night! You do not want to miss out on 3 Dev Adam! Here is the invite with all of the info!

https://www.facebook.com/events/646592095825121/

Killer B Cinema Presents: Don’t Open Till Christmas and Turkish Wizard of Oz

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Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/818261015187264/

December Killer B Cinema has a special Christmas double bill because … tis the season for killing!!! Don’t Open Till Christmas and Turkish Wizard of Oz will not disappoint! AND Turkish Wizard of Oz is a Killer B Cinema exclusive! We are showing the only known copy with subtitles. The perfect double bill and all for the low, low price of $5. That’s right FIVE DOLLARS! And there will be trivia with prizes! Audience Participation approved!

Doors (back performance space) open at 8 pm and the movies begin at 8:30 pm.

Don’t Open Till Christmas is a 1984 British horror film directed by Edmund Purdom. It was written by Derek Ford and Alan Birkinshaw.

Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde (Little Ayşe and the Magic Dwarfs in the Land of Dreams) is a 1971 film by Turkish film director Tunç Başaran, an uncredited and very close adaptation by Hamdi Değirmencioğlu of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The film was produced by Özdemir Birsel for Hisar (Citadel) Film.

Each month join Lizzie Violet & Zoltan Du Lac for a double bill of B-moves from the 1930s to 1980s!

Thank you to the Imperial Pub and their staff! They make our monthly event extra amazing!

We hope to see you at The Imperial!