A B movie is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature. The term is also now used loosely to refer to some higher-budget, mainstream films with exploitation-style content.
About B movie in brief
A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not an arthouse film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified films intended for distribution as the less-publicized bottom half of a double feature. The term is also now used loosely to refer to some higher-budget, mainstream films with exploitation-style content, usually in genres traditionally associated with the B movie. B movies have provided opportunities both for those coming up in the profession and others whose careers are waning. They are where actors such as John Wayne and Jack Nicholson first became established, and they have provided work for former A movie actors, such as Vincent Price and Karen Black. In 1927–28, at the end of the silent era, the production cost of an average feature from a major Hollywood studio ranged from USD 190,000 to USD 275,000 at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. That average reflected both specials that might cost as much as USD 1 million and films made quickly for around USD 50,000. Even smaller production houses, known as Poverty Row studios, made films whose costs might run as low as USD 3,000, seeking a profit through whatever bookings they could pick up in gaps left by the larger concerns. The major studios, at first resistant to the double feature market, soon adapted to the B-feature market. The B movie became the standard practice to get access to customers.
The second feature, the second feature of the 1920s, evolved into the second movie of the century, the B film of the 1980s. The first movie of this century, The Godfather: Part II, was released on September 11, 1998. The film was directed by Quentin Tarantino and co-written by Robert De Niro, who also co-wrote The Godparents. The movie was released by Paramount Pictures, which was owned by Viacom. It was released in the U.S. by RKO Pictures, a division of Universal Pictures, and released in Europe by Warner Bros. It is one of the most successful films of the 20th century, with a box office gross of more than $1.2 billion. It has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actress. The Oscar for Best Actress for “The Godfather” (1998) and Best Actor for “Wizard of Oz” (1999) The film is also nominated for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay (2000) for “Gone with the Wind” (2001) and “The Shawshank Redemption” (2002) The movie is also known as “The Great Gatsby” (1954) and as “Wag the Dog” (1960) The term B actor is sometimes used to refer. to a performer who finds work primarily or exclusively in B pictures. In either usage, most B movies represent a particular genre—the Western was a Golden Age B movie staple, while low- budget science-fiction and horror films became more popular in the 1950s.