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Index B movie

A B movie or B film is a low-budget commercial movie, but not an arthouse film. [1]

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A Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street is a 1984 American supernatural fantasy slasher film written and directed by Wes Craven, and the first film of the ''Nightmare on Elm Street'' franchise.

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A-side and B-side

The terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 78, 45, and 33 1/3 rpm phonograph records, or cassettes, whether singles, extended plays (EPs), or long-playing (LP) records.

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A. O. Scott

Anthony Oliver Scott (born July 10, 1966), known professionally as A. O. Scott, is an American journalist and film critic.

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ABC Movie of the Week

The ABC Movie of the Week is a weekly television anthology series, featuring made-for-TV movies, that aired on the ABC network in various permutations from 1969 to 1975.

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Abel Ferrara

Abel Ferrara (born July 19, 1951) is an American filmmaker, known for the provocative and often controversial content in his films, his use of neo-noir imagery and gritty urban settings.

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Airport (1970 film)

Airport is a 1970 American disaster-drama film starring Burt Lancaster and Dean Martin, directed and written by George Seaton, and based on Arthur Hailey's 1968 novel of the same name.

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Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

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American Graffiti

American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack.

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American International Pictures

A typical AIP double feature that inspired the idea for Grindhouse. --> American International Pictures (AIP) was a film production and distribution company formed on April 2, 1954 as American Releasing Corporation (ARC) by James H. Nicholson, former Sales Manager of Realart Pictures, and Samuel Z. Arkoff, an entertainment lawyer.

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Analog signal

An analog signal is any continuous signal for which the time varying feature (variable) of the signal is a representation of some other time varying quantity, i.e., analogous to another time varying signal.

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Andy Hardy

Andrew "Andy" Hardy is a fictional character played by Mickey Rooney in a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film series from 1937 to 1946, with a film released in 1958 in an unsuccessful attempt to revive the series.

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Animated cartoon

An animated cartoon is a film for the cinema, television or computer screen, which is made using sequential drawings, as opposed to animation in general, which include films made using clay, puppets, 3-D modeling and other means.

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Annette Funicello

Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer.

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Anthony Mann

Anthony Mann (June 30, 1906 – April 29, 1967) was an American actor and film director, most notably of film noir and Westerns.

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Apache Woman

Apache Woman is a 1955 Western directed by Roger Corman.

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Art film

An art film is typically a serious, independent film, aimed at a niche market rather than a mass market audience.

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An auteur ('author') is an artist, such as a film director, who applies a highly centralized and subjective control to many aspects of a collaborative creative work.

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Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant is a 1992 American neo-noir crime drama film directed by Abel Ferrara.

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Barbara Loden

Barbara Loden (July 8, 1932 – September 5, 1980) was an American stage and film actress as well as a director of off-Broadway theaterThe Hollywood Reporter, Barbara Loden obituary, September 8, 1980.

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Batman Begins

Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman, directed by Christopher Nolan and written by Nolan and David S. Goyer.

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Beach Blanket Bingo

Beach Blanket Bingo is an American International Pictures beach party film, released in 1965 and was directed by William Asher.

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Bela Lugosi

Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó (20 October 1882 – 16 August 1956), better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor famous for portraying Count Dracula in the 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films.

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Bert I. Gordon

Bert Ira Gordon (born September 24, 1922) is an American film director most famous for such science fiction and horror B-movies as The Amazing Colossal Man and Village of the Giants.

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Bettie Page

Bettie Mae Page (April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008) was an American model who gained a significant profile in the 1950s for her pin-up photos.

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Beyond the Valley of the Dolls

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls is a 1970 American satirical musical melodrama film starring Dolly Read, Cynthia Myers, Marcia McBroom, Phyllis Davis, John LaZar, Michael Blodgett, and David Gurian.

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Bill Cosby

William Henry Cosby Jr. (born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author, and convicted sex offender.

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Black Caesar (film)

Black Caesar (released theatrically in the UK as Godfather of Harlem) is a 1973 American blaxploitation crime drama film, starring Fred Williamson, Gloria Hendry and Julius Harris.

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Black Christmas (1974 film)

Black Christmas (former alternative titles include Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger in the House) is a 1974 Canadian psychological slasher film directed and produced by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore.

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Blaxploitation or blacksploitation is an ethnic subgenre of the exploitation film that emerged in the United States during the early 1970s.

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Block booking

Block booking is a system of selling multiple films to a theater as a unit.

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Blood Feast

Blood Feast is a 1963 American horror splatter film composed, shot and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis and starring Mal Arnold, William Arnold, Connie Mason and Lyn Bolton.

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Bloody Mama

Bloody Mama is a 1970 American low-budget drama film directed by Roger Corman and starring Shelley Winters in the title role.

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Bob Clark

Benjamin "Bob" Clark (August 5, 1939 – April 4, 2007) was an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer best known for directing and writing the script with Jean Shepherd to the 1983 Christmas film A Christmas Story.

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Bone (1972 film)

Bone, also known as Beverly Hills Nightmare, Dial Rat for Terror and Housewife, is a 1972 American comedy film directed by Larry Cohen.

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Box office

A box office or ticket office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to an event.

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Brian De Palma

Brian Russell De Palma (born September 11, 1940) is an American film director and screenwriter.

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Bruce Campbell

Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958) is an American actor, producer, writer, comedian and director.

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Bruce Lee

Lee Jun-fan (November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee, was a Hong Kong and American actor, film director, martial artist, martial arts instructor, philosopher, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do, one of the wushu or kungfu styles.

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Bryan Foy

Bryan Foy (December 8, 1896 – April 20, 1977) was an American film producer and director.

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Buck Jones

Buck Jones (December 12, 1891 – November 30, 1942) was an American motion picture star of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, known for his work starring in many popular western movies.

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Cable television

Cable television is a system of delivering television programming to paying subscribers via radio frequency (RF) signals transmitted through coaxial cables, or in more recent systems, light pulses through fiber-optic cables.

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Camp (style)

Camp is an aesthetic style and sensibility that regards something as appealing because of its bad taste and ironic value.

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Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes Festival (Festival de Cannes), named until 2002 as the International Film Festival (Festival international du film) and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries from all around the world.

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Cat People (1942 film)

Cat People is a 1942 horror film produced by Val Lewton and directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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Cautionary tale

A cautionary tale is a tale told in folklore, to warn its listener of a danger.

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Charlie Chan

Charlie Chan is a fictional character created by Earl Derr Biggers.

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Chinese martial arts

Chinese martial arts, often named under the umbrella terms kung fu and wushu, are the several hundred fighting styles that have developed over the centuries in China.

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Cinemation Industries

Cinemation Industries was a New York City-based film studio and distributor owned and run by exploitation producer Jerry Gross.

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Class of Nuke 'Em High

Class of Nuke 'Em High (also known as Atomic High School) is a 1986 American science-fiction horror comedy film made by cult classic B-movie production group Troma Entertainment.

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A cliffhanger, or cliffhanger ending, is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction.

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Coffy is a 1973 American blaxploitation film written and directed by American filmmaker Jack Hill.

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Columbia Pictures

Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. (commonly known as Columbia Pictures and Columbia, formerly CBC Film Sales Corporation, and stylized as COLUMBIA) is an American film studio, production company and film distributor that is a member of the Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group, a division of Sony Entertainment's Sony Pictures subsidiary of the Japanese multinational conglomerate Sony Corporation.

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Comedy Central

Comedy Central is an American basic cable and satellite television channel owned by Viacom Global Entertainment Group, a unit of the Viacom Media Networks division of Viacom.

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Commercial broadcasting

Commercial broadcasting (also called private broadcasting) is the broadcasting of television programs and radio programming by privately owned corporate media, as opposed to state sponsorship.

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Cotton Comes to Harlem

Cotton Comes to Harlem is an action film co-written and directed in 1970 by Ossie Davis and starring Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, and Redd Foxx.

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A counterculture (also written counter-culture) is a subculture whose values and norms of behavior differ substantially from those of mainstream society, often in opposition to mainstream cultural mores.

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Crash (1996 film)

Crash is a 1996 psychological thriller film written and directed by David Cronenberg based on J. G. Ballard's 1973 novel of the same name.

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Creature from the Black Lagoon

Creature from the Black Lagoon is a 1954 American black-and-white 3D monster horror film from Universal-International, produced by William Alland, directed by Jack Arnold, that stars Richard Carlson, Julia Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno and Whit Bissell.

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Cult film

A cult film or cult movie, also commonly referred to as a cult classic, is a film that has acquired a cult following.

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David Cronenberg

David Paul Cronenberg, (born March 15, 1943) is a Canadian director, screenwriter and actor.

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David F. Friedman

David Frank Friedman (December 24, 1923 – February 14, 2011) was an American filmmaker and film producer best known for his B movies, exploitation films, nudie cuties, and sexploitation films.

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David O. Selznick

David O. Selznick (May 10, 1902June 22, 1965) was an American film producer, screenwriter and film studio executive.

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Day the World Ended

Day the World Ended is a 1955 independently made black-and-white post-apocalyptic science fiction film, produced and directed by Roger Corman, that stars Richard Denning, Lori Nelson, Adele Jergens, and Mike Connors.

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Death in Venice

Death in Venice is a novella written by the German author Thomas Mann and was first published in 1912 as Der Tod in Venedig.

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Deathdream (also known as Dead of Night) is a 1974 Canadian horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby.

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Dennis Hopper

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist.

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Desperate (film)

Desperate is a 1947 suspense film noir directed by Anthony Mann and featuring Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr, Douglas Fowley, William Challee and Jason Robards.

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Dick Tracy (1990 film)

Dick Tracy is a 1990 American action comedy film based on the 1930s comic strip character of the same name created by Chester Gould.

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Die Hard 2

Die Hard 2 is a 1990 American action film and the second installment in the ''Die Hard'' film series.

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Digital video

Digital video is an electronic representation of moving visual images (video) in the form of encoded digital data.

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Direct-to-video or straight-to-video refers to the release of a film to the public immediately on home video formats rather than a theatrical release or television broadcast.

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Don Siegel

Donald Siegel (October 26, 1912 – April 20, 1991) was an American film director and producer.

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Double feature

The double feature, also known as a double bill, was a motion picture industry phenomenon in which theatre managers would exhibit two films for the price of one, supplanting an earlier format in which one feature film and various short subject reels would be shown.

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Dr. Christian


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Dracula (1958 film)

Dracula is a 1958 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher and written by Jimmy Sangster based on Bram Stoker's novel of the same name.

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Drive-in theater

A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles.

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Duel in the Sun (film)

Duel in the Sun is a 1946 Technicolor epic Western film directed by King Vidor, produced and written by David O. Selznick, which tells the story of a Mestiza (half-Native American) girl who goes to live with her white relatives, becoming involved in prejudice and forbidden love.

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Eagle-Lion Films

Eagle-Lion Films was a British film production company owned by J. Arthur Rank intended to release British productions in the United States.

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Earthquake (1974 film)

Earthquake is a 1974 American ensemble disaster film directed and produced by Mark Robson.

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Easy Rider

Easy Rider is a 1969 American independent road drama film written by Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern, produced by Fonda, and directed by Hopper.

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Ed Wood

Edward Davis Wood Jr. (October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978) was an American filmmaker, actor, and author.

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Eddie Constantine

Eddie Constantine (born Israël Constantine; October 29, 1913 – February 25, 1993) was an American actor and singer who spent his career working in Europe.

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Edgar G. Ulmer

Edgar Georg Ulmer (September 17, 1904 – September 30, 1972) was a Jewish-Moravian, Austrian-American film director who mainly worked on Hollywood B movies and other low-budget productions.

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Electra Glide in Blue

Electra Glide in Blue is a 1973 film starring Robert Blake as a motorcycle cop in Arizona and Billy "Green" Bush as his partner.

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Embassy Pictures

Embassy Pictures Corporation (also and later known as AVCO Embassy Pictures as well as Embassy Films Associates) was an American independent film production and distribution studio responsible for such films as Godzilla, King of the Monsters!, The Graduate, The Lion in Winter, Carnal Knowledge, The Night Porter, Phantasm, The Fog, Prom Night, Scanners, The Howling, Escape from New York, and This Is Spinal Tap.

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Empire International Pictures

Empire International Pictures was an American small scale theatrical distribution company that was formed in 1983 by Charles Band, as a response to the dissatisfaction of how his films were distributed by motion picture companies while making films under the banner of Charles Band International Productions.

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Exploitation film

An exploitation film is a film that attempts to succeed financially by exploiting current trends, niche genres, or lurid content.

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Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! is a 1965 American exploitation film directed by Russ Meyer and co-written by Meyer and Jack Moran.

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A film, also called a movie, motion picture, moving pícture, theatrical film, or photoplay, is a series of still images that, when shown on a screen, create the illusion of moving images.

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Film Booking Offices of America

Film Booking Offices of America (FBO), also known as FBO Pictures Corporation, was an American film studio of the silent era, a producer and distributor of mostly low-budget films.

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Film distribution

Film distribution is the process of making a movie available for viewing by an audience.

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Film genre

A film genre is a motion picture category based on similarities in either the narrative elements or the emotional response to the film (namely, serious, comic, etc.). Most theories of film genre are borrowed from literary genre criticism.

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Film noir

Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those which emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations.

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Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers!

Finders Keepers, Lovers Weepers! is a 1968 film by Russ Meyer.

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Fine Line Features

Fine Line Features (often spelt as FineLine Features) was the specialty films division of New Line Cinema.

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Five Guns West

Five Guns West is a 1955 Western film set during the American Civil War directed by Roger Corman.

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Fox Atomic

Fox Atomic was a production label of film studios 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures created in 2006 to generate comedy and genre films.

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Fox Film

The Fox Film Corporation was an American company that produced motion pictures, formed by William Fox on 1 February 1915.

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Foxy Brown (film)

Foxy Brown is a 1974 American blaxploitation film written and directed by Jack Hill.

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Francis Ford Coppola

Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer.

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Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by English author Mary Shelley (1797–1851) that tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment.

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Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon (born Francis Thomas Avallone; September 18, 1940) is an Italian-American actor, singer, and former teen idol.

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George A. Romero

George Andrew Romero (February 4, 1940 – July 16, 2017) was an American-Canadian filmmaker, writer and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about an imagined zombie apocalypse, beginning with Night of the Living Dead (1968), which is often considered a progenitor of the fictional zombie of modern culture.

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George Lucas

George Walton Lucas Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur.

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George O'Brien (actor)

George O'Brien (April 19, 1899 – September 4, 1985) was an American actor, popular during the silent film era and into the talkie era of the 1930s, best known today as the lead actor in F. W. Murnau's 1927 film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans.

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The Ghoulies film series are American horror-comedy films released in the 1980s and 1990s and centered on a group of small, demonic creatures that have a wide range of twisted appearances.

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Giallo (plural gialli) is a 20th-century Italian thriller or horror genre of literature and film.

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Girls in Chains

Girls in Chains is a 1943 American film directed by Edgar G. Ulmer.

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Glen or Glenda

Glen or Glenda is a 1953 American drama film written, directed by and starring Ed Wood (credited in his starring role as "Daniel Davis"), and featuring Bela Lugosi and Wood's then-girlfriend Dolores Fuller.

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Godzilla (1954 film)

is a 1954 Japanese science fiction kaiju film featuring Godzilla, produced and distributed by Toho.

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Grand National Films Inc.

Grand National Films, Inc (or Grand National Pictures, Grand National Productions and Grand National Film Distributing Co.) was an American Poverty Row motion picture production-distribution company in operation from 1936 to 1939.

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A grindhouse or action house is an American term for a theater that mainly shows exploitation films.

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Habit (1995 film)

Habit is a 1995 vampire horror film starring Larry Fessenden, who also wrote and directed the film.

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Halloween (1978 film)

Halloween is a 1978 American slasher film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her film debut.

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Hammer Film Productions

Hammer Film Productions is a British film production company based in London.

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Hardcore pornography

Hardcore pornography, or hardcore porn, is still photography or video footage that contains explicit forms of pornography, most commonly including depictions of sexual acts such as vaginal, anal or oral intercourse, cunnilingus, fellatio, fingering, anilingus, ejaculation, and fetish play.

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Harry Carey (actor)

Henry DeWitt Carey II (January 16, 1878 – September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars.

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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (film)

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

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Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium cable and satellite television network of Home Box Office, Inc..

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Hell Up in Harlem

Hell Up in Harlem is a 1973 blaxploitation film, starring Fred Williamson and Gloria Hendry.

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Hello, Dolly! (film)

Hello, Dolly! is a 1969 American romantic comedy musical film based on the Broadway production of the same name.

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Hercules (1958 film)

Hercules (lit) is a 1958 Italian peplum film based upon the Hercules and the Quest for the Golden Fleece myths.

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Hercules Unchained

Hercules Unchained (Ercole e la regina di Lidia, "Hercules and the Queen of Lydia") is a 1959 Italian-French epic fantasy feature film starring Steve Reeves and Sylva Koscina in a story about two warring brothers and Hercules' tribulations in the court of Queen Omphale.

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Herschell Gordon Lewis

Herschell Gordon Lewis (June 15, 1926 – September 26, 2016) was an American filmmaker, best known for creating the "splatter" subgenre of horror films.

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High School Confidential (film)

High School Confidential is a 1958 crime drama film directed by Jack Arnold, starring Mamie Van Doren, Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew, Jackie Coogan, Diane Jergens and Michael Landon.

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Highway Dragnet

Highway Dragnet is a 1954 film noir B film crime film directed by Nathan Juran from a story by U.S. Anderson and Roger Corman.

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Hip (slang)

Hip is a slang for fashionably current, and in the know.

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Hitler's Children (1943 film)

Hitler's Children is a 1943 American black-and-white propaganda film made by RKO Radio Pictures.

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Home Alone

Home Alone is a 1990 American comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus.

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Homicidal is a 1961 American horror-thriller film produced and directed by William Castle, and starring Glenn Corbett, Patricia Breslin, Eugenie Leontovich, Alan Bunce, and Jean Arless.

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Horror film

A horror film is a film that seeks to elicit a physiological reaction, such as an elevated heartbeat, through the use of fear and shocking one’s audiences.

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Hot rod

Hot rods are typically old, classic American cars with large engines modified for linear speed.

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House of Usher (film)

House of Usher (also known as The Fall of the House of Usher and The Mysterious House of Usher) is a 1960 American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard Matheson from the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe.

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How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini is a 1965 Pathécolor beach party film from American International Pictures.

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I Walked with a Zombie

I Walked with a Zombie is a 1943 horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur.

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I Was a Teenage Werewolf

I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a 1957 horror film starring Michael Landon as a troubled teenager, Yvonne Lime and Whit Bissell.

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Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (4 February 1918Recorded in Births Mar 1918 Camberwell Vol. 1d, p. 1019 (Free BMD). Transcribed as "Lupine" in the official births index – 3 August 1995) was an English-American actress and singer, who became a pioneering director and producer—the only woman working within the 1950s Hollywood studio system to do so.

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Independent film

An independent film, independent movie, indie film or indie movie is a feature film that is produced outside the major film studio system, in addition to being produced and distributed by independent entertainment companies.

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International Federation of Film Critics

The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI, short for Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique) is an association of national organizations of professional film critics and film journalists from around the world for "the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests." It was founded in June 1930 in Brussels, Belgium.

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1956 American science fiction horror film produced by Walter Wanger, directed by Don Siegel, that stars Kevin McCarthy and Dana Wynter.

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Investigative journalism

Investigative journalism is a form of journalism in which reporters deeply investigate a single topic of interest, such as serious crimes, political corruption, or corporate wrongdoing.

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Isle of Forgotten Sins

Isle of Forgotten Sins is an American South Seas adventure film released on August 15, 1943 by PRC, with Leon Fromkess in charge of production, directed by Edgar G. Ulmer (also credited with original story) and featuring top-billed John Carradine and Gale Sondergaard whose performance in one of 1936's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees, Anthony Adverse, earned her the first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

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It Came from Beneath the Sea

It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert Gordon, that stars Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, and Donald Curtis.

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Jack Hill

Jack Hill (born January 28, 1933) is an American film director in the exploitation film genre.

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Jack Nicholson

John Joseph Nicholson (born April 22, 1937) is an American actor and filmmaker who has performed for over sixty years.

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Jacques Tourneur

Jacques Tourneur (November 12, 1904 – December 19, 1977) was a French film director known for the classic film noir Out of the Past and a series of low-budget horror films he made for RKO Studios, including Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man.

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James H. Nicholson

James Harvey Nicholson (September 14, 1916 – December 10, 1972) was an American film producer.

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James William Guercio

James William Guercio (born July 18, 1945) is an American music producer, musician and songwriter.

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Jane Withers

Jane Withers (born April 12, 1926) is an American actress, model, and singer.

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Janet Maslin

Janet R. Maslin (born August 12, 1949) is an American journalist, best known as a film and literary critic for The New York Times.

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Jaws (film)

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name.

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Jean Hersholt

Jean Pierre Carl Büron (12 July 1886 – 2 June 1956), known professionally as Jean Hersholt, was a Danish-American actor.

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John Carpenter

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American film director, screenwriter, film producer, musician, editor and composer.

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John Waters

John Samuel Waters Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films.

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John Wayne

Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known professionally as John Wayne and nicknamed "The Duke", was an American actor and filmmaker.

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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (2 June 190420 January 1984) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American competition swimmer and actor, best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century.

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Jonathan Demme

Robert Jonathan Demme (February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

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Joseph E. Levine

Joseph Edward Levine (September 9, 1905 – July 31, 1987) was an American film producer.

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Juvenile delinquency

Juvenile delinquency, also known as "juvenile offending", is participation in illegal behavior by minors (juveniles, i.e. individuals younger than the statutory age of majority).

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Karen Black

Karen Blanche Black (née Ziegler; July 1, 1939 – August 8, 2013) was an American actress, screenwriter, singer, and songwriter.

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Ken Maynard

Kenneth Olin Maynard (July 21, 1895 – March 23, 1973) was an American motion picture stuntman and actor.

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King Kong (1933 film)

King Kong is a 1933 American NR pre-Code monster adventure film directed and produced by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack.

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King of New York

King of New York is a 1990 Italian-American crime thriller film, starring Christopher Walken, Laurence Fishburne, David Caruso, Wesley Snipes, Victor Argo, and Giancarlo Esposito.

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Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly is an independently made 1955 American black-and-white film noir, produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, that stars Ralph Meeker.

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Korean War

The Korean War (in South Korean, "Korean War"; in North Korean, "Fatherland: Liberation War"; 25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) was a war between North Korea (with the support of China and the Soviet Union) and South Korea (with the principal support of the United States).

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Kroger Babb

Howard W. "Kroger" Babb (December 30, 1906 – January 28, 1980) was an American film and television producer and showman.

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Larry Cohen

Lawrence G. "Larry" Cohen (born July 15, 1941) is an American film producer, director, and screenwriter.

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Larry Fessenden

Laurence T. "Larry" Fessenden (born March 23, 1963) is an American actor, producer, writer, director, film editor, and cinematographer.

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László Kovács (cinematographer)

László Kovács A.S.C. (14 May 1933 – 22 July 2007) was a Hungarian cinematographer who was influential in the development of American New Wave films in the 1970s, collaborating with directors like Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Rush, Dennis Hopper, Norman Jewison, and Martin Scorsese.

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List of films considered the worst

The films listed below have been cited by a variety of notable critics in varying media sources as being among the worst films ever made.

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Lorna (film)

Lorna is a 1964 independent film produced and directed by Russ Meyer.

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Low-budget film

A low-budget film or low-budget movie is a motion picture shot with little to no funding from a major film studio or private investor.

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Lum and Abner

Lum and Abner was an American network radio comedy program created by Chester Lauck and Norris Goff that was aired from 1931 to 1954.

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Lupe Vélez

María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez, known professionally as Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944), was a Mexican-born stage and screen actress, comedian, singer, dancer, and vedette.

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Lysergic acid diethylamide

Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), also known as acid, is a psychedelic drug known for its psychological effects, which may include altered awareness of one's surroundings, perceptions, and feelings as well as sensations and images that seem real though they are not.

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Ma and Pa Kettle

Ma and Pa Kettle are comic film characters of the successful film series of the same name, produced by Universal Studios, in the late 1940s and 1950s.

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Madagascar (2005 film)

Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated adventure comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation and released to theaters on May 27, 2005.

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Maila Nurmi

Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi (December 11, 1922 – January 10, 2008), known professionally as Maila Nurmi, was a Finnish-American actress and television personality who created the campy 1950s character Vampira.

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Major film studio

A major film studio is a production and distribution company that releases a substantial number of films annually and consistently commands a significant share of box office revenue in a given market.

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Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren (born Joan Lucille Olander; February 6, 1931) is an American actress, model, singer, and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe.

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Market segmentation

Market segmentation is the process of dividing a broad consumer or business market, normally consisting of existing and potential customers, into sub-groups of consumers (known as segments) based on some type of shared characteristics.

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Martial arts film

Martial arts films are a subgenre of action films, which feature numerous martial arts fights between characters.

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Martin Sheen

Ramón Gerard Antonio Estévez (born August 3, 1940), known professionally as Martin Sheen, is an American actor of Spanish/Irish descent who first became known for his roles in the films The Subject Was Roses (1968) and Badlands (1973), and later achieved wide recognition for his leading role in Apocalypse Now (1979) and as President Josiah Bartlet in the television series The West Wing (1999-2006).

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Mascot Pictures

Mascot Pictures Corporation was an American film company of the 1920s and 1930s best known for producing and distributing film serials and B-westerns.

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Melvin Van Peebles

Melvin "Block" Van Peebles (born August 21, 1932) is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, novelist and composer.

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Meteor (film)

Meteor is a 1979 Hong Kong–American science fiction disaster film in which scientists detect an asteroid on a collision course with Earth and struggle with international, Cold War politics in their efforts to prevent disaster.

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. (initialized as MGM or hyphenated as M-G-M, also known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or simply Metro, and for a former interval known as Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, or MGM/UA) is an American media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of feature films and television programs.

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Mickey Spillane

Frank Morrison Spillane (March 9, 1918July 17, 2006), better known as Mickey Spillane, was an American crime novelist, whose stories often feature his signature detective character, Mike Hammer.

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Midnight Cowboy

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy.

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Midnight movie

The term midnight movie is rooted in the practice that emerged in the 1950s of local television stations around the United States airing low-budget genre films as late-night programming, often with a host delivering ironic asides.

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Mike Hammer

Michael "Mike" Hammer is a fictional hard boiled detective created by the American author Mickey Spillane in the 1947 book I, the Jury.

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Mondo Cane

Mondo Cane (also known in the USA as Tales of the Bizarre: Rites, Rituals and Superstitions, 1962) is a documentary film written and directed by Italian filmmakers Paolo Cavara, Franco Prosperi, and Gualtiero Jacopetti.

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Monogram Pictures

Monogram Pictures Corporation is a Hollywood studio that produced and released films, mostly on low budgets, between 1931 and 1953, when the firm completed a transition to the name Allied Artists Pictures Corporation.

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Monster from the Ocean Floor

Monster from the Ocean Floor is a 1954 science fiction film about a sea monster that terrorizes a Mexican cove.

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Monster movie

A monster movie, creature feature, or giant monster film is a disaster film that focuses on a group of characters struggling to survive attacks by one or more antagonistic monsters, often abnormally large ones.

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Motion Picture Association of America film rating system

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) film rating system is used in the United States and its territories to rate a film's suitability for certain audiences based on its content.

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Motion Picture Production Code

The Motion Picture Production Code was the set of industry moral guidelines that was applied to most United States motion pictures released by major studios from 1930 to 1968.

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Ms. 45

Ms.45, also known as Angel of Vengeance, and mistyped as Ms.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Alternaversal Productions, LLC.

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New Line Cinema

New Line Cinema is an American film production studio a part of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

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New World Pictures

New World Pictures (also known as New World Communications Group, Inc. and New World Entertainment) was an American independent production, distribution and (in its final years as an autonomous entity) multimedia company.

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A newsreel is a form of short documentary film, containing news stories and items of topical interest, that was prevalent between the 1910s and the late 1960s.

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Night of the Living Dead

Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent horror film written, directed, photographed and edited by George A. Romero, co-written by John Russo, and starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea.

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Nightmare in Badham County

Nightmare in Badham County is a 1976 ABC TV women-in-prison film directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and starring Chuck Connors, Deborah Raffin and Lynne Moody.

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Nudity in film

Nudity in film is the presentation in a film of at least one person who is nude, partially nude or wearing less clothing than contemporary norms in some societies consider "modest".

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Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis (born Raiford Chatman Davis; December 18, 1917 – February 4, 2005) was an American film, television and Broadway actor, director, poet, playwright, author, and civil rights activist.

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Outrage (1950 film)

Outrage is a 1950 black-and-white B-movie starring Mala Powers.

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Pam Grier

Pamela Suzette Grier (born May 26, 1949) is an American actress.

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Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation (also known simply as Paramount) is an American film studio based in Hollywood, California, that has been a subsidiary of the American media conglomerate Viacom since 1994.

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Patty Hearst

Patricia Campbell Hearst (born February 20, 1954), granddaughter of American publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, became internationally known for events following her 1974 kidnapping and physical violation by a domestic American terrorist group known as the Symbionese Liberation Army.

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Pauline Kael

Pauline Kael (June 19, 1919 – September 3, 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991.

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Pay television

Pay television, subscription television, premium television, or premium channels are subscription-based television services, usually provided by both analog and digital cable and satellite television, but also increasingly via digital terrestrial and internet television.

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Penelope Spheeris

Penelope Spheeris (born December 2, 1945 or 1946; sources differ) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Peplum (film genre)

The peplum film (pepla plural), also known as sword-and-sandal, is a genre of largely Italian-made historical or Biblical epics (costume dramas) that dominated the Italian film industry from 1958 to 1965, eventually being replaced in 1965 by Eurospy films and Spaghetti Westerns.

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Peter Fonda

Peter Henry Fonda (born February 23, 1940) is an American actor.

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Philip Dray

Philip Dray is an American writer and independent public historian, known for his comprehensive analyses of American scientific, racial, and labor history.

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Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos is a 1972 American black comedy exploitation crime film directed, written, produced, filmed, and edited by John Waters.

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Plan 9 from Outer Space

Plan 9 from Outer Space (originally titled Grave Robbers from Outer Space) is a 1959 American independent black and white science fiction film, written, produced, directed, and edited by Ed Wood, that stars Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Tor Johnson and Vampira (Maila Nurmi).

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Polyester (film)

Polyester is a 1981 American black comedy film directed, produced, and written by John Waters, and starring Divine, Tab Hunter, Edith Massey, and Mink Stole.

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Post-production is part of the process of filmmaking, video production, and photography.

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Poverty Row

Poverty Row was a slang term used in Hollywood from the late 1920s through the mid-1950s to refer to a variety of small (and mostly short-lived) B movie studios.

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Prime time

The prime time or the peak time is the block of broadcast programming taking place during the middle of the evening for television programming.

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Producers Releasing Corporation

Producers Releasing Corporation was one of the less prestigious film studios of Hollywood which all-together made what was referred to as 'Poverty Row', and lasted from 1939–47.

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Psycho (1960 film)

Psycho is a 1960 American NR psychological-horror film directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, and written by Joseph Stefano.

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Psychotronic Video

Psychotronic Video was a film magazine originally started by publisher/editor Michael J. Weldon in 1980 in New York City as a hand-written and photocopied weekly fanzine entitled Psychotronic TV.

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Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is a 1994 American crime film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, based on a story by Tarantino and Roger Avary,See, e.g., King (2002), pp.

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Pulp magazine

Pulp magazines (often referred to as "the pulps") were inexpensive fiction magazines that were published from 1896 to the 1950s.

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Punk subculture

Punk subculture includes a diverse array of ideologies, fashion, and other forms of expression, visual art, dance, literature and film.

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Q (film)

Q (a.k.a. The Winged Serpent and Q – The Winged Serpent) is a 1982 dark fantasy-horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, and Richard Roundtree.

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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American director, writer, and actor.

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Rabid (film)

Rabid is a 1977 Canadian-American horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg.

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Ralph Meeker

Ralph Meeker (born Ralph Rathgeber; November 21, 1920 August 5, 1988) was an American film, stage, and television actor.

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Raymond Burr

Raymond William Stacy Burr (May 21, 1917September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside.

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Redneck is a derogatory term chiefly but not exclusively applied to white Americans perceived to be crass and unsophisticated, closely associated with rural whites of the Southern United States.

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Redneck Zombies

Redneck Zombies is a 1987 American horror comedy trash film directed by Pericles Lewnes and released by Troma Entertainment.

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Republic Pictures

Republic Pictures Corporation was an American motion picture production-distribution corporation in operation from 1935 to 1967, that was based in Los Angeles, California.

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Revival house

A revival house or repertory cinema is a cinema that specializes in showing classic or notable older films (as opposed to first run films).

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Rita Mae Brown

Rita Mae Brown (born November 28, 1944) is an American writer, activist, and feminist.

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Ritz Brothers

The Ritz Brothers were an American comedy team who appeared in films, and as live performers from 1925 to the late 1960s.

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RKO Pictures

RKO Pictures was an American film production and distribution company.

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Robert Aldrich

Robert Burgess Aldrich (August 9, 1918 – December 5, 1983) was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter.

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Robert De Niro

Robert Anthony De Niro Jr. (born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, producer, and director.

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Robert Towne

Robert Towne (born Robert Bertram Schwartz,Easy Riders, Raging Bulls by Peter Biskind page 30, 1999 Bloomsbury edition November 23, 1934) is an American screenwriter, producer, director and actor.

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Robert Wise

Robert Earl Wise (September 10, 1914 – September 14, 2005) was an American film director, producer and editor.

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Roger Corman

Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926) is an American director, producer, and actor.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author.

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Roman Polanski

Rajmund Roman Thierry Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a French-Polish film director, producer, writer, and actor.

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Rosemary's Baby (film)

Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film with supernatural horror elements written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin.

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Russ Meyer

Russell Albion Meyer (March 21, 1922 – September 18, 2004) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, film editor, actor, and photographer.

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Sam Katzman

Sam Katzman (July 7, 1901 – August 4, 1973) was an American film producer and director.

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Sam Raimi

Samuel M. Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American filmmaker, actor, and producer famous for creating the cult horror ''Evil Dead'' series, as well as directing the original ''Spider-Man'' trilogy (2002–07), the 1990 superhero film Darkman, and the 2013 Disney fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful.

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Samuel Z. Arkoff

Samuel Zachary Arkoff (12 June 1918 – 16 September 2001) was an American producer of B movies.

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Satellite television

Satellite television is a service that delivers television programming to viewers by relaying it from a communications satellite orbiting the Earth directly to the viewer's location.

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Science fiction film

Science fiction film (or sci-fi film) is a genre that uses speculative, fictional science-based depictions of phenomena that are not fully accepted by mainstream science, such as extraterrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, extrasensory perception and time travel, along with futuristic elements such as spacecraft, robots, cyborgs, interstellar travel or other technologies.

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A sequel is a literature, film, theatre, television, music or video game that continues the story of, or expands upon, some earlier work.

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Serial film

A serial, film serial, movie serial or chapter play, is a motion picture form popular during the first half of the 20th century, consisting of a series of short subjects exhibited in consecutive order at one theater, generally advancing weekly, until the series is completed.

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Sexploitation film

A sexploitation film (or "sex-exploitation film") is a class of independently produced, low-budget feature film that is generally associated with the 1960s, and that serves largely as a vehicle for the exhibition of non-explicit sexual situations and gratuitous nudity.

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Sexually transmitted infection

Sexually transmitted infections (STI), also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or venereal diseases (VD), are infections that are commonly spread by sexual activity, especially vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex.

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Shivers (film)

Shivers (also known as The Parasite Murders, They Came from Within and Frissons for the French-Canadian distribution) is a 1975 Canadian science fiction body horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Paul Hampton, Lynn Lowry and Barbara Steele.

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Short film

A short film is any motion picture not long enough to be considered a feature film.

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Showtime (TV network)

Showtime is an American premium cable and satellite television network that serves as the flagship service of the Showtime Networks subsidiary of CBS Corporation, which also owns sister services The Movie Channel and Flix.

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Silent film

A silent film is a film with no synchronized recorded sound (and in particular, no spoken dialogue).

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Sisters (1973 film)

Sisters, also known as Blood Sisters in the United Kingdom, is a 1973 American psychological horror film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt and Charles Durning.

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Slasher film

A slasher film is a film in the sub-genre of horror films involving a violent psychopath stalking and murdering a group of people, usually by use of bladed tools.

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Sleeper hit

In the entertainment industry, a sleeper hit is a title (such as a book, film, song or game) that becomes successful, gradually, often with little promotion.

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Softcore pornography

Softcore pornography or softcore porn is commercial still photography or film that has a pornographic or erotic component.

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Sol M. Wurtzel

Sol Wurtzel (born Solomon Max Wurtzel, September 12, 1890 – April 9, 1958) was an American film producer.

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Sono Art-World Wide Pictures

Sono Art-World Wide Pictures was an American film distribution and production company that operated from 1927 to 1933.

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Sound film

A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film.

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Space opera

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes space warfare, melodramatic adventure, interplanetary battles, chivalric romance, and risk-taking.

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Splatter film

A splatter film is a subgenre of horror film that deliberately focuses on graphic portrayals of gore and graphic violence.

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Split Second (1953 film)

Split Second is a 1953 American film noir thriller directed by Dick Powell about escaped convicts and their hostages holed up in a ghost town, unaware of the grave danger they are in.

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Star Wars (film)

Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope) is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.

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Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith is a 2005 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas.

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Steve Reeves

Stephen Lester "Steve" Reeves (January 21, 1926 – May 1, 2000) was an American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist.

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Steven Spielberg

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American filmmaker.

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Stranger on the Third Floor

Stranger on the Third Floor is a 1940 RKO Radio Pictures film noir directed by Boris Ingster and starring Peter Lorre, John McGuire, and Margaret Tallichet, and featuring Elisha Cook Jr..

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Studio system

The studio system (which was used during a period known as the Golden Age of Hollywood) is a method of film production and distribution dominated by a small number of "major" studios in Hollywood.

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A subculture is a group of people within a culture that differentiates itself from the parent culture to which it belongs, often maintaining some of its founding principles.

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Suburbia (film)

Suburbia, also known as Rebel Streets and The Wild Side, is a 1984 film written and directed by Penelope Spheeris, and produced by Roger Corman, about suburban punks who run away from home.

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Super 8 film

Super 8mm film is a motion picture film format released in 1965 by Eastman Kodak as an improvement over the older "Double" or "Regular" 8 mm home movie format.

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Superman (1978 film)

Superman (informally titled Superman: The Movie in some listings and reference sources) is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner and based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

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Surf Nazis Must Die

Surf Nazis Must Die is a 1987 American exploitation film directed by Peter George and starring Gail Neely, Barry Brenner, and Robert Harden.

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song

Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song is a 1971 American independent action thriller film written, co-produced, scored, edited, directed by and starring Melvin Van Peebles.

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Syfy (formerly Sci-Fi Channel and Sci Fi) is an American basic cable and satellite television channel that is owned by the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast.

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Target market

A target market is a group of customers within a business's serviceable available market that the business has decided to aim its marketing efforts towards.

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Tarzan (John Clayton, Viscount Greystoke) is a fictional character, an archetypal feral child raised in the African jungle by the Mangani great apes; he later experiences civilization only to largely reject it and return to the wild as a heroic adventurer.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990 film)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 1990 American martial arts superhero comedy film directed by Steve Barron, based on the fictional superhero team.

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Television film

A television film (also known as a TV movie, TV film, television movie, telefilm, telemovie, made-for-television movie, made-for-television film, direct-to-TV movie, direct-to-TV film, movie of the week, feature-length drama, single drama and original movie) is a feature-length motion picture that is produced for, and originally distributed by or to, a television network, in contrast to theatrical films, which are made explicitly for initial showing in movie theaters.

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Terror Is a Man

Terror Is a Man (also known as Blood Creature, Creature from Blood Island, The Gory Creatures, Island of Terror and Gore Creature) is a 1959 Filipino/American horror film directed by Gerardo de Leon.

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The Amazing Colossal Man

The Amazing Colossal Man (a.k.a. The Colossal Man) is a 1957 American black-and-white science fiction film from American International Pictures, produced and directed by Bert I. Gordon, that stars Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson, and Larry Thor.

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The Amityville Horror (1979 film)

The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film based on Jay Anson's book of the same name (1977).

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The Beast with a Million Eyes

The Beast with a Million Eyes (a.k.a. The Unseen) is a 1955 independently made science fiction film produced and directed by David Kramarsky that stars Paul Birch, Lorna Thayer, and Dona Cole.

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The Big Bird Cage

The Big Bird Cage is a 1972 American exploitation film of the "women in prison" subgenre.

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The Big Doll House

The Big Doll House is a 1971 American women in prison film starring Pam Grier, Judy Brown, Roberta Collins, Brooke Mills, and Pat Woodell.

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The Bigamist (1953 film)

The Bigamist is a 1953 American drama film noir directed by Ida Lupino starring Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn and Edmond O'Brien.

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The Body Snatcher (film)

The Body Snatcher is a 1945 horror film directed by Robert Wise based on the short story "The Body Snatcher" by Robert Louis Stevenson.

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The Brood

The Brood is a 1979 Canadian science fiction psychological horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg, and starring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, and Art Hindle.

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The California Kid

The California Kid is a 1974 TV movie starring Martin Sheen, Vic Morrow, Nick Nolte, Michelle Phillips, Gary Morgan, and Janit Baldwin.

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The Cannon Group, Inc.

The Cannon Group, Inc. was an American group of companies, including Cannon Films, which produced a distinctive line of low- to medium-budget films from 1967 to 1994.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 British-American high fantasy film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published and second chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's children's epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia.

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The Country Girl (1954 film)

The Country Girl is a 1954 American drama film directed by George Seaton and starring Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, and William Holden.

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The Courageous Dr. Christian

The Courageous Dr.

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The Curse of Frankenstein

The Curse of Frankenstein is a 1957 British horror film by Hammer Film Productions, loosely based on the novel Frankenstein (1818) by Mary Shelley.

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The Devil on Wheels

The Devil On Wheels is a 1947 drama directed by Crane Wilbur and starring Darryl Hickman.

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The Devil Thumbs a Ride

The Devil Thumbs a Ride is a 1947 film noir directed by Felix E. Feist and featuring Lawrence Tierney and Ted North.

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The Driller Killer

The Driller Killer is a 1979 black comedy horror film directed by Abel Ferrara and starring Ferrara (credited as Jimmy Laine), Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, and Harry Schultz.

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The Evil Dead

The Evil Dead is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker.

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The Exorcist (film)

The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name, directed by William Friedkin, and starring Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, and Jason Miller.

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The Falcon (character)

Gay Stanhope Falcon (later known in film and radio as The Falcon) is a fictional character created in 1940 by Michael Arlen.

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The Fast and the Furious (1955 film)

The Fast and the Furious is a 1955 American B movie crime film from a story written by Roger Corman and screenplay by Jean Howell and Jerome Odlum.

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The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker is a 1953 film noir directed by Ida Lupino, about two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico.

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The Immoral Mr. Teas

The Immoral Mr.

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The Man from O.R.G.Y.

The Man from O.R.G.Y. (also known as The Real Gone Girls) is a 1970 film starring Robert Walker Jr., Louisa Moritz, Slappy White, Lynne Carter and Steve Rossi.

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The New York Times

The New York Times (sometimes abbreviated as The NYT or The Times) is an American newspaper based in New York City with worldwide influence and readership.

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The Owl and the Pussycat (film)

The Owl and the Pussycat is a 1970 American romantic comedy film directed by Herbert Ross and starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal.

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The Poseidon Adventure (1972 film)

The Poseidon Adventure is a 1972 American disaster film directed by Ronald Neame, produced by Irwin Allen, and based on Paul Gallico's eponymous 1969 novel.

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The Psychotronic Man

The Psychotronic Man is a science fiction cult film that opened in Chicago April 23, 1980, at the Carnegie Theatre.

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The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical science-fiction horror-comedy film by 20th Century Fox produced by Lou Adler and Michael White and directed by Jim Sharman.

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The Saint (Simon Templar)

Simon Templar is a fictional character known as The Saint.

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The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod.

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The Slumber Party Massacre

The Slumber Party Massacre is a 1982 American slasher film directed by Amy Holden Jones and written by Rita Mae Brown, starring Michelle Michaels and Robin Stille.

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The Terror of Tiny Town

The Terror of Tiny Town is a 1938 American film produced by Jed Buell, directed by Sam Newfield, and starring Billy Curtis.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper and written and co-produced by Hooper and Kim Henkel.

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The Three Mesquiteers

The Three Mesquiteers is the umbrella title for a Republic Pictures series of 51 Western B-movies released between 1936 and 1943, including eight films starring John Wayne.

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The Tingler

The Tingler is a 1959 American horror/thriller film produced and directed by William Castle.

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The Towering Inferno

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Paul Newman and Steve McQueen.

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The Toxic Avenger (film)

The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero comedy splatter film directed by Michael Herz and Lloyd Kaufman (credited as Samuel Weil) and written by Kaufman and Joe Ritter.

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The Trip (1967 film)

The Trip (1967) is a counterculture-era psychedelic film released by American International Pictures, directed by Roger Corman, written by Jack Nicholson, and shot on location in and around Los Angeles, including on top of Kirkwood in Laurel Canyon, Hollywood Hills, and near Big Sur, California in 1967.

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The Wild Angels

The Wild Angels is a 1966 Roger Corman film, made on location in Southern California.

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Thomas Mann

Paul Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate.

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Tiffany Pictures

Tiffany Pictures, which also became Tiffany-Stahl Productions for a time, was a Hollywood motion picture studio in operation from 1921 until 1932.

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Tim Holt

Charles John "Tim" Holt III (February 5, 1919 – February 15, 1973) was an American actor best known for his youthful leading roles in dozens of Western films and his co-starring roles in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948).

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Tim McCoy

Timothy John Fitzgerald McCoy (April 10, 1891 – January 29, 1978), also known as Col. T.J. McCoy, was an American actor, military officer, and expert on American Indian life and customs.

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Tobe Hooper

Willard Tobe Hooper (January 25, 1943 – August 26, 2017) was an American director, screenwriter, and producer best known for his work in the horror genre.

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Tom Mix

Thomas Edwin Mix (born Thomas Hezikiah Mix; January 6, 1880 – October 12, 1940) was an American film actor and the star of many early Western movies between 1909 and 1935.

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Total Recall (1990 film)

Total Recall is a 1990 American science-fiction action film directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone, Ronny Cox, and Michael Ironside.

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Trailer (promotion)

A trailer (also known as a preview or coming attraction) is a commercial advertisement for a feature film that will be exhibited in the future at a cinema, the result of creative and technical work.

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Troma Entertainment

Troma Entertainment is an American independent film production and distribution company founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974.

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Turner Broadcasting System

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. is an American media conglomerate that is part of AT&T's WarnerMedia, and manages the collection of cable television networks and properties initiated or acquired by Ted Turner.

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United Artists

United Artists (UA) is an American film and television entertainment studio.

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United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.

United States v. Paramount Pictures, Inc.,. (also known as the Hollywood Antitrust Case of 1948, the Paramount Case, the Paramount Decision or the Paramount Decree) was a landmark United States Supreme Court antitrust case that decided the fate of movie studios owning their own theatres and holding exclusivity rights on which theatres would show their films.

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Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures (also known as Universal Studios) is an American film studio owned by Comcast through the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group division of its wholly owned subsidiary NBCUniversal.

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Untamed Youth

Untamed Youth is a 1957 American drama film directed by Howard W. Koch, written by John C. Higgins and Stephen Longstreet, and starring Mamie Van Doren and Lori Nelson as two starstruck sisters who are sentenced to farm labor.

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Val Lewton

Val Lewton (May 7, 1904 – March 14, 1951) was a Russian-American novelist, film producer and screenwriter best known for a string of low-budget horror films he produced for RKO Pictures in the 1940s.

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A vampire is a being from folklore that subsists by feeding on the vital force (generally in the form of blood) of the living.

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Variety (magazine)

Variety is a weekly American entertainment trade magazine and website owned by Penske Media Corporation.

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Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, "International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale") is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the "Big Three" film festivals, alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

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Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.

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Videotape is magnetic tape used for storing video and usually sound in addition.

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Vietnam War

The Vietnam War (Chiến tranh Việt Nam), also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America (Kháng chiến chống Mỹ) or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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Vincent Canby

Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – October 15, 2000) was an American film and theatre critic who served as the chief film critic for The New York Times from 1969 until the early 1990s, then its chief theatre critic from 1994 until his death in 2000.

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Vincent Price

Vincent Leonard Price Jr. (May 27, 1911 – October 25, 1993) was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice and performances in horror films.

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Wanda (film)

Wanda is an independent 1970 feature film, written and directed by Barbara Loden, who also starred in the title role.

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War of the Worlds (2005 film)

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science fiction horror film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, loosely based on the novel of the same title by H. G. Wells.

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Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

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Warner Media, LLC (formerly Time Warner Inc.), doing business as WarnerMedia, is an American multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate headquartered in New York City and owned by AT&T.

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Wes Craven

Wesley Earl "Wes" Craven (August 2, 1939 – August 30, 2015) was an American film director, writer, producer, and actor.

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Western (genre)

The Western is a genre of various arts which tell stories set primarily in the later half of the 19th century in the American Old West, often centering on the life of a nomadic cowboy or gunfighter armed with a revolver and a rifle who rides a horse.

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William Alland

William Alland (March 4, 1916 – November 11, 1997) was an American film producer and writer, mainly of western and science fiction/monster films, including This Island Earth, It Came From Outer Space, Tarantula, The Deadly Mantis, The Mole People, The Colossus of New York, The Space Children, The Creature from the Black Lagoon and its two sequels.

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William Castle

William Castle (April 24, 1914 – May 31, 1977) was an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor.

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Women in Bondage

Women in Bondage is a 1943 World War II film about conditions for women under Hitler's regime.

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Women in Cages

Women in Cages is a 1971 film in the women in prison sexploitation subgenre, co-produced by Roger Corman and directed by Gerardo de León.

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X rating

In some countries, X is or has been a motion picture rating reserved for the most explicit films.

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YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California.

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16 mm film

16 mm film is a historically popular and economical gauge of film.

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20th Century Fox

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, doing business as 20th Century Fox, is an American film studio currently owned by 21st Century Fox.

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[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B_movie

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