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B-Movie Hall of Fame Adds Victims

Website B-Movie Theater announces this year’s inductees to the B-Movie Hall of Fame:

    “B-Movies have long been ignored by the critics and award-givers, but audiences love them and have kept the B-Movies alive all of these years,” says Ron Bonk, founder of B-Movie Theater and curator of the B-Movie Hall of Fame. “That’s why we open the voting to the film lovers around the world who can’t get enough of the B-Movies. Every year, we receive more and more votes on a wide number of classic films and iconic stars and filmmakers. The B-Movie Hall of Fame is the moviegoer’s way of saying thanks to the great films and great people who created them!”

    During the first four years of voting, the B-Movie Hall of Fame has inducted the following icons of the genre: Forest J. Ackerman, Samuel Z. Arkoff & James H. Nicholson, The Bowery Boys, Hillary Brooke, Bruce Campbell, Jeanne Carmen, William Castle, Jackie Chan, Lon Chaney Jr., Roger Corman, Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Cushing, Tamara Dobson, Godzilla, George “Gabby” Hayes, Inoshiro Honda, Joseph Kane, Boris Karloff, Lloyd Kaufman & Michael Herz, Bruce Lee, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Arthur Lubin, Bela Lugosi, Jayne Mansfield, Russ Meyer, Jack Nicholson, Parker Posey, Elvis Presley, Vincent Price, Ronald Reagan & Nancy Davis (Reagan), George Romero, Emil Sitka, Barbara Steele, the Three Stooges, Lee Van Cleef, Mamie Van Doren, Jan-Michael Vincent, John Waters, John Wayne and Edward D. Wood Jr.

    The classic B-Movies previously voted for honor are “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” (1978), “The Blair Witch Project” (1999), “Blood of Jesus” (1941), “Blood Feast” (1963), “Carnival of Souls” (1962), “Cat People” (1942), “Clerks” (1994), “The Day of the Triffids” (1965), “Death Race 2000” (1975), “Detour” (1945), “El Mariachi” (1994), “Enter the Dragon” (1973), “The Evil Dead” (1982), “Faces of Death” (1978), “A Fistful of Dollars” (1965), “Flash Gordon” (1936), “The Flying Deuces” (1939), “Godzilla” (1954), “Gorgo” (1961), “Halloween” (1978), “Hercules” (1957), “High School Confidential!” (1958), “Kentucky Fried Movie” (1977), “Killer Klowns from Outer Space” (1988), “The Killing” (1956), “The Leopard Man” (1943), “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960), “Mad Max” (1979), “Mondo Cane” (1963), “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” (1975), “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1978), “Night of the Living Dead” (1968), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Plan 9 from Outer Space” (1959), “Reefer Madness” (1936), “Repo Man” (1984), “Shaft” (1971), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1973), “The Toxic Avenger” (1985) and “X, the Man with X-Ray Eyes” (1963).

This year’s inductees are:

    B-MOVIE ARTISTS:

    DARIO ARGENTO. Italian legend who directed B-Movie classics including “The Bird with the Crystal Plumage” (1970), “Suspiria” (1977) and “Creepers” (1985).

    MARIO BAVA. Italian director who helmed the horror masterpieces “Black Sunday” (1960), “The Whip and the Body” (1963) and “Blood and Black Lace” (1965).

    JOE-BOB BRIGGS. Good ol’ boy film critic who has been an indefatigable champion for B-Movies.

    WES CRAVEN. Prolific filmmaker who scared audiences with his memorable “The Last House on the Left” (1972) and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984).

    DAVID CRONENBERG. Canadian filmmaker who directed B-Movie gems including “Scanners” (1981) and “Videodrome” (1983) before heading to the A-list.

    DIVINE. Cross-dressing diva who starred in the John Waters flicks “Multiple Maniacs” (1970), “Pink Flamingos” (1972) and “Polyester” (1981).

    PAM GRIER. Icon of 1970s blaxploitation classics including “Coffy” (1973) and “Foxy Brown” (1974).

    RAY HARRYHAUSEN. Celebrated master of stop-action animated special effects, best known for “Jason and the Argonauts” (1963), “The Valley of Gwangi” (1969) and “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” (1974).

    BETTIE PAGE. Pin-up superstar who graced movie burlesque revues including “Striporama” (1953) and “Varietease” (1954).

    TOM SAVINI. Versatile film artist best known for his extraordinary make-up work on the horror classics “Deranged” (1972), “Martin” (1977) and “Maniac” (1980).

    B-MOVIE CLASSICS:

    “ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13” (1976), directed by John Carpenter. Cops and cons join forces when an isolated station is suddenly under attack.

    “DAWN OF THE DEAD” (1978), directed by George Romero. Second installment in the zombie trilogy, with the recently deceased returning to take over a mall.

    “ERASERHEAD” (1977), directed by David Lynch. Midnight movie perennial about a weird man who becomes father to an even weirder baby.

    “FASTER, PUSSYCAT…KILL! KILL!” (1965), directed by Russ Meyer. Three strippers go on a wild crime spree in this proto-feminist cult favorite.

    “Friday THE 13TH” (1980), directed by Sean S. Cunningham. The first in the long-running horror series featuring the homicidal Jason on the loose at a summer camp.

    “GLEN OR GLENDA?” (1953), directed by Edward D. Wood Jr. A closet transvestite’s gnawing angst is explored with astonishing lunacy in this camp anti-classic.

    “HENRY: PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER” (1980), directed by John McNaughton. The true-life criminal career of Henry Lee Lucas is extensively recreated in gruesome detail.

    “THE HILLS HAVE EYES” (1977), directed by Wes Craven. A vacationing family is stranded in the California desert and stalked by odd beings who don’t enjoy visitors.

    “I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE” (1978), directed by Meir Zarchi. A woman is brutally assaulted and left for dead … except she doesn’t die and instead seeks out her attackers for some much-needed revenge.

    “MARTIN” (1977), directed by George Romero. A boy in Pittsburgh claims to be a vampire … and his claim might not be as strange it seems!

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Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected], Facebook.com/amhaunted, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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