Ultimate B-Movies

by demented_peruvian | created - 22 Sep 2012 | updated - 03 Nov 2012 | Public

The most fun movies with the most "B" movie elements.

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1. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror

While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 3,126

Hammer, zombies, Peter Cushing, and martial arts. A mess, but oh so much B-movie fun.

2. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Tadao Takashima, Kenji Sahara, Yû Fujiki, Ichirô Arishima

Votes: 6,439 | Gross: $2.73M

Do I need to explain. I swear that I did watch two different endings to this movie as a kid, with both sides winning once each.

3. Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)

R | 91 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

A young man with superhuman strength is incarcerated at a prison run by corrupt officials and seeks to use his martial arts to clean up the system.

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Siu-Wong Fan, Mei Sheng Fan, Ka-Kui Ho, Yukari Ôshima

Votes: 10,948

This provided the clips used in the original incarnation of "The Daily Show" when Craig Kilborne hosted. The ultimate martial arts movie, where they use deadly Chi Kung (what? Do they breathe people to death?) to make heads explode.

4. Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)

GP | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.

Directors: Al Adamson, Samuel M. Sherman | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Zandor Vorkov, Anthony Eisley

Votes: 1,520

A mess.

5. ...E tu vivrai nel terrore! L'aldilà (1981)

R | 87 min | Horror

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural "accidents", she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Catriona MacColl, David Warbeck, Cinzia Monreale, Antoine Saint-John

Votes: 16,992 | Gross: $0.12M

A plumber causes the end of the world... and the goriest movie ever.

6. City of the Living Dead (1980)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror

A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Christopher George, Catriona MacColl, Carlo De Mejo, Antonella Interlenghi

Votes: 13,193

Second only to "The Beyond" in Fulci gore.

7. Zombie (1979)

R | 91 min | Horror

Strangers searching for a young woman's missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Tisa Farrow, Ian McCulloch, Richard Johnson, Al Cliver

Votes: 22,071

Lame movie with some notable gore scenes, but it makes the cut due to the zombie versus shark scene.

8. Zombie Holocaust (1980)

R | 84 min | Horror

An expedition in the East Indies, encounters not only the cannibals they were looking for, but also an evil scientist and his zombie army.

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Alexandra Delli Colli, Sherry Buchanan, Peter O'Neal

Votes: 4,425

Doctor Butcher, M.D. [Medical Deviate]! How can you get a better alternate title than that! Worst suicide scene ever, incoherently incorporated zombie footage from a student film, and cannibals.

9. House of Frankenstein (1944)

Approved | 71 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., J. Carrol Naish, John Carradine

Votes: 4,968

Probably the inspiration for "The Monster Mash".

10. Night of the Creeps (1986)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Alien brain parasites, entering humans through the mouth, turn their host into a killing zombie. Some teenagers start to fight against them.

Director: Fred Dekker | Stars: Jason Lively, Tom Atkins, Steve Marshall, Jill Whitlow

Votes: 16,915 | Gross: $0.59M

"The good news girls, is that your dates are here". "What's the bad news?" "They're dead!"

Outdoes "Slither" by many miles of slime.

11. Brain Damage (1988)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror

One morning, a young man wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return.

Director: Frank Henenlotter | Stars: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes

Votes: 7,322

Aylmer is one of the coolest cinematic inventions ever.

12. 'Gator Bait (1974)

R | 88 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Desiree lives deep in the swamp and supports herself and her siblings by poaching. Ben and deputy Billy hope to get a little sexual comfort from the "Cajun swamp rat" when they catch ... See full summary »

Directors: Beverly Sebastian, Ferd Sebastian | Stars: Claudia Jennings, Sam Gilman, Douglas Dirkson, Clyde Ventura

Votes: 583

Claudia Jennings is still the B-Queen.

13. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Gregory Walcott, Tom Keene, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore

Votes: 32,330

Aside from being the Golden Turkey winner, let's examine the combination of sub-genres: vampires, zombies, and aliens, narrated by a psychic.

14. The Mighty Peking Man (1977)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

King Kong goes Hong Kong as a giant Himalayan beast tries to save a sexy Russia Tarzanette from a sleazy show-biz promoter. The action, locations set in India, and interracial romance made ... See full summary »

Director: Meng Hua Ho | Stars: Evelyne Kraft, Danny Lee, Feng Ku, Wei Tu Lin

Votes: 1,327 | Gross: $0.02M

Laugh with, laugh at, or whatever... enjoy the top "King Kong" rip off.

15. Hercules (1983)

PG | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy

The story of the Greek mythological figure, updated in this 80's version.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Lou Ferrigno, Brad Harris, Sybil Danning, Rossana Podestà

Votes: 2,963 | Gross: $10.68M

80s effects galore, mixing the sword-and-sorcerer genre with sci-fi.

16. Blacula (1972)

PG | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

An ancient African prince, turned into a vampire by Dracula himself, finds himself in modern Los Angeles.

Director: William Crain | Stars: William Marshall, Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala

Votes: 4,720 | Gross: $2.18M

You can cite all the horror blaxploitation titles that you want, but this is the best example.

17. Hercules in New York (1970)

G | 75 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Hercules (Schwarzenegger) is sent to Earth where he finds true love and starts a promising career in the bodybuilder business.

Director: Arthur Allan Seidelman | Stars: Arnold Stang, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Deborah Loomis, James Karen

Votes: 15,228

Dubbed Arnold Schwarzenneger in one of the worst made movies ever. Loads of fun.

18. The Human Tornado (1976)

R | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A flabby black comedian defends his community from attacks by stereotypical whites.

Director: Cliff Roquemore | Stars: Rudy Ray Moore, Lady Reed, Jimmy Lynch, Gloria Delaney

Votes: 1,002

Rudy Ray Moore at his best/worst.

19. Switchblade Sisters (1975)

R | 91 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The leader of an inner city girl gang is challenged when a new girl moves into the neighbourhood.

Director: Jack Hill | Stars: Robbie Lee, Joanne Nail, Monica Gayle, Asher Brauner

Votes: 2,873 | Gross: $0.05M

"Switchblade Sisters"!

20. Live and Let Die (1973)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

55 Metascore

007 is sent to stop a diabolically brilliant heroin magnate armed with a complex organization and a reliable psychic tarot card reader.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto, Jane Seymour, Clifton James

Votes: 83,527 | Gross: $35.38M

James Bond in a blaxploitation/redneck movie.

21. You Only Live Twice (1967)

PG | 117 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

61 Metascore

Agent 007 and the Japanese secret service ninja force must find and stop the true culprit of a series of spacejackings before nuclear war is provoked.

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Sean Connery, Akiko Wakabayashi, Mie Hama, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 83,892 | Gross: $43.08M

James Bond, ninjas, and the best Blofeld (Donald Pleasance).

22. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)

Unrated | 101 min | Comedy, Horror

A radio host is victimized by the cannibal family as a former Texas Marshall hunts them.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Caroline Williams, Jim Siedow, Bill Moseley

Votes: 22,700 | Gross: $8.03M

This mostly dull sequel makes the list for one reason only: a chainsaw duel between Leatherface and Dennis Hopper.

23. Phantasm II (1988)

R | 97 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

42 Metascore

Mike, now released from a psychiatric hospital, continues his journey to stop the evil Tall Man from his grim work.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: James Le Gros, Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm, Paula Irvine

Votes: 11,278 | Gross: $7.28M

Aliens, zombies, flying drill-spheres, the Tall Man, sawed off shotguns, exploding collectible cars, naked girl turned bad guy, and a great chainsaw duel.

24. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In rural Arizona, countless killer tarantulas are migrating through a farm town, killing every living thing in their path. The town's veterinarian will do everything in his power to survive the onslaught.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler

Votes: 3,787 | Gross: $17.00M

25. Fei zhou he shang (1991)

96 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Two guys, one of them a magician, are transporting an ancient chinese vampire who can only be controlled by a series of yellow tapes, and is the ancestor of the other guy. On the way, while... See full summary »

Director: Billy Chan | Stars: N!xau, Ching-Ying Lam, Sam Christopher Chow, Lung Chan

Votes: 873

"The Gods Must Be Crazy" gets crossed with the "Mister Vampire" series.

26. Blood for Dracula (1974)

R | 106 min | Horror

An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.

Director: Paul Morrissey | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry

Votes: 4,542

27. Arena (1989)

PG-13 | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

A human becomes an unlikely rising star in the biggest fighting tournament in the galaxy that's dominated by alien species.

Director: Peter Manoogian | Stars: Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Camp, Claudia Christian, Marc Alaimo

Votes: 1,701

"Kickboxer" in a "Star Wars" world.

28. The Refrigerator (1991)

Unrated | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A couple move into a bad apartment in a bad neighborhood in New York. The apartment contains a refrigerator, which is the only thing they like in the place. However, they slowly discover ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Jacobs | Stars: Julia McNeal, Dave Simonds, Phyllis Salaberrios, Angel Caban

Votes: 479

Of all the weird, "find it at midnight on Cinemax" low budget horror flicks, this bizarre one is one of the most outstanding examples of its sub-genre.

29. Ice Cream Man (1995)

R | 84 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Poor Gregory. After being released from the Wishing Well Sanatorium, all he wants to do is make the children happy. So Gregory reopens the old ice cream factory, and all the unappreciative brats are reprocessed into the flavor of the day.

Director: Paul Norman | Stars: Clint Howard, Justin Isfeld, Anndi McAfee, JoJo Adams

Votes: 2,082

Ron Howard's brother does the ultimate themed serial killer movies that came in vogue after "Dr. Giggles" (see "The Dentist", "The Surgeon", etc, not to count the "Fatal Attraction" rip offs like "The Paperboy"). It's not good.

30. Tromeo and Juliet (1996)

R | 107 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Tromeo, a filmmaker, falls in love with Juliet, the daughter of a former partner who tried to steal his business from him.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Jane Jensen, Will Keenan, Valentine Miele, William Beckwith

Votes: 4,719

Troma at its best.

31. Terror Firmer (1999)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Horror

24 Metascore

A homicidal maniac is on the loose in the city and the low-budget film crew of a Troma movie has the power to stop them.

Director: Lloyd Kaufman | Stars: Will Keenan, Alyce LaTourelle, Lloyd Kaufman, Trent Haaga

Votes: 4,355 | Gross: $0.00M

Troma at its 2nd best. Its worth watching both the edited (quite creative if immature) and unedited versions for different types of laughs.