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Nov 01, 2005 at 02:00 AM
SYRACUSE, NY, October 31, 2005 -- B-Movie Theater, the popular web site (http://www.b-movie.com) celebrating the art and industry of the low-budget film genre, announces the eight annual inductions in the B-Movie Hall of Fame. Located on the Internet at http://www.b-movie.com/hof/hof.html, the B-Movie Hall of Fame honorees were selected by cinephiles from around the world who voted on their favorite films and artists of the B-Movie orbit.

 During the voting process, the B-Movie Hall of Fame provided ballots with 100 B-Movie titles and 100 B-Movie icons to choose from. "This year's winning votes runs the full spectrum of the B-Movie genre," said Ron Bonk, president and founder of the B-Movie Hall of Fame. "We have icons such as Stanley Kubrick and Joe Dante, who began in B-Movies before hitting the A-list, and Buster Keaton and John Carradine, who began in A-films before going into the B’s. We have works of art and guilty pleasures, and films like “The Pit and the Pendulum” which could be categorized as both!”

The newest members of the B-Movie Hall of Fame, categorized by artists and classics, are listed in alphabetical order:

B-MOVIE ARTISTS:

JOHN AGAR. Solid, square-jawed leading man in such flicks as “The Brain from Planet Arous” (1958) and “The Curse of the Swamp Creature” (1967).

LINDA BLAIR. The child star of “The Exorcist” became a B-Queen with her performances in “Roller Boogie” (1979), “Hell Night” (1981) and “Chained Heat” (1983).

JOHN CARRADINE. The cadaverous character actor was a menacing presence in numerous films, most notably “Bluebeard” (1944) and “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula” (1966).

CHEECH & CHONG. The offbeat duo lit up the screen in their stoner classic “Up in Smoke” (1978) before embarking on a series of popular lowbrow comedies.

JOE DANTE. The celebrated director began his career helming B-efforts such as “Hollywood Boulevard” (1976), “Piranha” (1978) and “The Howling” (1981).

LUCIO FULCI. The prolific Italian director created such classics as “Zombie” (1979), “The Seven Doors of Death” (1981) and “The House by the Cemetery” (1981).

DENNIS HOPPER. The iconoclastic actor was a memorable presence in the B-productions “Night Tide” (1961), “Queen of Blood” (1966), “The Trip” (1967) and “Space Truckers” (1996).

BUSTER KEATON. The superstar of silent comedies was a resident of B-Movies in the sound era, offering deadpan appearances in “San Diego, I Love You” (1944) and “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965).

STANLEY KUBRICK. The filmmaking legend cut his teeth in modest B-productions including “Fear and Desire” (1953), “Killer’s Kiss” (1954) and “The Killing” (1956).

MARY WORONOV. The grand dame of B-Movies reigned in “Silent Night, Bloody Night” (1974), “Death Race 2000" (1975) and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (1979).

B-MOVIE CLASSICS:

"ALLIGATOR" (1980), directed by Lewis Teague. A giant gator is loose in the Chicago sewers, and things get rough when he decides to surface!

"BLACK SABBATH" (1965), directed by Mario Bava & Salvatore Billitteri. A trio of wonderfully gruesome horror tales, starring Boris Karloff and Mark Damon.

"THE BODY SNATCHER" (1945), directed by Robert Wise. Boris Karloff finds an entrepreneurial pursuit recycling the recently deceased in this horror classic.

"BRIDE OF THE MONSTER" (1954), directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. Bela Lugosi’s attempts to take over the world by creating a race of atomic-powered superhumans is foiled by a giant octopus in this unintentionally hilarious cult favorite.

"DESTROY ALL MONSTERS" (1968), directed by Ishiro Honda. The all-star kaiju smackdown brings the best of the Toho Studios out for the ultimate monster mash.

"DOLEMITE" (1974), directed by D’Urville Martin. The blaxploitation masterpiece stars Rudy Ray Moore as Harlem’s funniest, foulest rapping anti-hero and Lady Reed as Queen Bee, the madam with an all-ho army.

"MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE" (1966), directed by Hal Warren. A vacationing family makes the fatal error of stopping at a house occupied by “The Master” and his weird servant Torgo in this extraordinary work of so-bad-it’s-good cinema.

"THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM" (1961), directed by Roger Corman. Vincent Price swings a mighty large and mighty sharp pendulum in this freewheeling adaptation of the Poe horror story.

"SUPERFLY" (1972), directed by Gordon Parks Jr. Ron O’Neal became a star as Youngblood Priest, the cocaine dealer out to make one last deal, in this landmark of blaxploitation cinema.

"THE THREE STOOGES IN ORBIT" (1962), directed by Edward Bernds. Moe, Larry and Curly-Joe use a flying submarine to save the world from alien invaders in this slap-happy sci-fi parody.

The B-Movie Hall of Fame and B-Movie Theater are owned and operated by Sub Rosa Studios, a leading distributor of independent films and videos. For more information, contact Sub Rosa Studios, PO Box 2468, Liverpool, NY 13089; tel. 315-652-3868.


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