Thursday, August 4, 2011

Annual Celebration of All Things B Is Coming

September is the month when all you lucky folk over there in the States (and anyone elsewhere with enough money and annual leave) can truck along to Franklin, Indiana, where the annual celebration of B-Movies -- genre exploitation at its best -- offers up a massive program of monsters, mayhem and madness on a low budget. This year's roll-call includes everything from giant ticks, homicidal hillybillys and killer clowns to Cthulhan sea-monsters, kung fu vampires, triffids and beach blankets. As well as all the US stuff, there are flicks from Japan (Varan the Unbelievable),  UK (Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires), Australia (Dead-End Drive-In), India (The Robot) and other parts of the world that have been long been forgotten by civilised man. There's vampires (Fright Night), zombies (Night of the Comet), superheroes (Captain America and Batman), evil children (Village of the Damned), and rabid lumps of red jelly (Son of Blob). In short, there's something for everyone (except that strange guy that lives in your basement and only watches French comedies).

There are also the world premieres of Fred Olen Ray's Dino Wolf [aka "Dire-Wolf"], David A. Prior's Night Claws, Jim Wynorski's Camel Spiders, and screenings of other hotly anticipated titles such as The Millennium Bug, El Monstro Del Mar, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, The Robot [Endhiran], Tales of an Ancient Empire, Asylum's Dragon Crusaders, the late great Paul Naschy's Empusa, Henry Barrial's Pig, Vincent Lannoo's Vampires, Beverly Lane and many, many, more!

Host Bill Dever says:
We are very pleased to present this year's B Movie Celebration line-up. Unlike other years we have purposefully sought out new works and world premieres. As well we have discovered numerous sources of 35mm prints. Where possible we will present the film in its original method, ideally 35mm.
As well, many of the films will be presented by the filmmaker themselves. Each main title will be accompanied by selections from our shorts program.

Without further delay, here are the films for this year's B-Movie Celebration:

Angry Red Planet
Atomic Submarine
Batman (1966)
Beach Blanket Bingo
Beverly Lane
Bio Hazard 2
Bloody Ruby
Camel Spiders
Captain America (1990)
Daughters of Darkness
Day of Anger
Day of the Triffids
Dead End Drive-In
Desperate Living
Dino Wolf
Dragon Crusaders
El Monstro Del Mar
Francis The Talking Mule
Fright Night
Ganja and Hess
Killer Klowns From Outer Space
Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires
Man Made Men
Naked Obsession
Night Claws
Night of the Comet
Night of the Demon
Rare Exports
Shape of Things To Come
Son of Blob
Tales of an Ancient Empire
The Day Time Ended
The Farmer
The Forbidden Zone
The Joys of Jezebel
The Millenium Bug
The Mountie
The Robot
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The World Sinks Except Japan
Twins of Evil Documentary
Underground Entertainment
Varan the Unbelievable
Village of the Damned
Virgin High

For more info and description of the goodies, check out the website here.

And you can read about the special guests as well, such as B-film directorial superstar Jim Wynorski, FX gurus The Chiodo Brothers (Killer Klowns from Outer Space), Bryan Wilson of Psycho Beach Party fame, scream queen Brinke Stevens, Kevin Tenney (Witchboard, Night of the Demons) and many more.

Source: Bill Dever via Avery Guerra; official website.

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