B movie

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B movie

A (generally low-budget) film usually considered to be of inferior quality, so called because such films were originally shown along with popular (or "A") movies as part of a theater's "double feature." Yeah, I know it's just a stupid B movie, but I still love it.
See also: movie

B movie

The low-budget second part of a movie theater's double feature. Back in the days of double features, movie houses showed two very distinct types of films. A movies were the hits—“Gone With the Wind,” “Casablanca,” “Citizen Kane,” “The Wizard of Oz”—the ones that drew patrons to the movie houses. Then there were Westerns, horror flicks, and science fiction movies that didn't cost very much to make (they were often in black-and-white). These B movies tended to be shown before the main feature; otherwise, people would leave after the A picture and then feel they hadn't gotten their admission money's worth. As double features disappeared and the cost of filmmaking grew, the curtain went down on the B movie genre.
See also: movie
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The B-movie premise of parents suddenly losing the plot and trying to murder their kids could have worked in more secure hands.
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Robert Shapiro ended weeks of silence after police rebuffed media reports that officers had decided the B-movie star shot herself.
But Corbett could also have drawn from his own heckling past, as writer and performer for the TV show "Mystery Science Theater 3000"--he was one of those silhouettes at the bottom of the screen razzing the B-movie feature (and getting a paycheck for doing it).
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You ain't like that underneath...You're lonesome like me." Beyond the B-movie clunkers, there's some true lyricism, more than a hint of the Tennessee-to-be.