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Aug 28, 2000 at 02:00 AM
SYRACUSE, NY, August 28, 2000 -- 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 third 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 from nearly 1,800 nominations submitted by cinephiles from around the world who voted for the classic films and versatile artists of the B-Movie orbit. "The number of nominations from B-Movie lovers far surpassed the input of our first two years," said Ron Bonk, president and founder of the B-Movie Hall of Fame. "This year, the top vote getters represented many of the beloved classics of the genre--icons such as Mamie Van Doren, Boris Karloff and the Three Stooges and pop culture classics such as the Steve Reeves version of "Hercules" and the cannibis comedy "Reefer Madness." Some choices may be unexpected--new inductees Jack Nicholson, Jamie Lee Curtis and Parker Posey began their careers in B-Movies before hitting the A-list, and a huge number of Laurel & Hardy fans pushed a bloc vote for "The Flying Deuces." Overall, this year's inductees represent the rich variety which the B-Movie orbit has always offered." The newest members of the B-Movie Hall of Fame, categorized by artists and classics, are listed in alphabetical order:


BRUCE CAMPBELL. B-leading man of "The Evil Dead" (1982), "The Evil Dead II" (1987), "Maniac Cop" (1988) and "Army of Darkness" (1993).

JAMIE LEE CURTIS. Hollywood leading lady who began her career in B-chillers "Halloween" (1978), "Prom Night" (1980), "Terror Train" (1980) and "The Fog" (1980).

GODZILLA. Fifty-foot tall superstar of long-running Japanese monster series, who repeatedly destroys Tokyo while saving the world from a variety of rival beasts and hostile aliens.

BORIS KARLOFF. The definitive Frankenstein monster who also entertained in B-favorites including "The Ape" (1940), "Bedlam" (1946), "The Raven" (1963) and "Die, Monster, Die!" (1965).

HERSCHELL GORDON LEWIS. Indie filmmaker who displayed a talent for grisly chills in "Blood Feast" (1963), "2,000 Maniacs" (1964), "Color Me Blood Red" (1965) and "The Gore-Gore Girls" (1972).

JACK NICHOLSON. Three-time Oscar winner who began his career in B-offerings including "Cry Baby Killer" (1958), "The Little Shop of Horrors" (1960), "The Terror" (1963) and "Back Door to Hell" (1964).

PARKER POSEY. Vibrant actress who gained a cult following with performances in contemporary B-offerings "Dazed and Confused" (1993), "Sleep with Me" (1994), "Party Girl" (1995) and "The House of Yes" (1997).

ELVIS PRESLEY. The King of Rock ‘n' Roll also ruled over a string of B-level diversions including "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962), "Tickle Me" (1965), "Spinout" (1966) and "Change of Habit" (1969).

THE THREE STOOGES. Slap-happy trio whose reign spanned four decades and several personnel changes (Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Curly Howard, Shemp Howard, Joe Besser, Joe DeRita) while serving up wild knockabout slapstick.

MAMIE VAN DOREN. Blonde bombshell who brought her buxom charms to "Untamed Youth" (1957), "High School Confidential!" (1958), "Girls Town" (1959) and "Sex Kittens Go to College" (1960).


BLOOD FEAST (1963), directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis. Gruesome classic focusing on an Egyptian caterer serving up unusual recipes.

CAT PEOPLE (1942), directed by Jacques Tourneur. Moody cult favorite about an artist whose jealousy causes her to turn lethally feline.

THE FLYING DEUCES (1939), directed by A. Edward Sutherland. Laurel and Hardy wreak havoc in the Foreign Legion in this zany B-comedy.

HERCULES (1957), directed by Pietro Francisci. Groundbreaking sword-and-sandal B-epic which elevated Steve Reeves to stardom as the mythological muscleman.

HIGH SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL! (1958), directed by Jack Arnold. A new high school student falls in with the wrong crowd in this campy delight.

KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988), directed by Stephen Chiodo. Alien invaders disguised as circus clowns bring their deadly mirth to Earth.

THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960), directed by Roger Corman. No-budget comedy classic about a lonely florist who cultivates a talking plant with an acute hunger.

MAD MAX (1979), directed by George Miller. Mel Gibson achieved international superstardom as the eponymous leather-clad cop patrolling the post-apocalyptic Australian outback.

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975), directed by Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones. Beloved Pythonesque anarchy, in which King Arthur and his knights are constantly thwarted in their vain attempts to locate the Holy Grail.

REEFER MADNESS (1936), directed by Louis J. Garnier. Unintentional comedy classic in which clean-cut youth turns into giggling criminals thanks to a few puffs on the demon weed.

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 5515, Syracuse, NY 13220; tel. 315-454-5608.

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