The seventh annual B-Movie Celebration is coming to Woodridge for the first time this month, featuring a slate of films and guest speakers at Hollywood Blvd. Cinema.
In case you aren't familiar with B-movies, here's a quick guide:
When is the celebration?
The weekend of Friday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 27 at the Hollywood Blvd. theater, 1001 W. 75th St. in Woodridge. The cost is $90 for access to everything, but one-day passes are available for lower prices. For tickets and more information, go to the B-Movie Celebration website.
What is a B-Movie?
First things first. The "B" in B-movie doesn't mean "Bad." Two enduring qualities of B-movies are that they're typically low-budget and genre films. As explained on the B-Movie Celebration website:
Often the term “B-Movie” is thought carry an attitude of derision and scorn. Low budget “B” or Genre filmmaking is considered to be second class or in some way inferior to Hollywood’s slick corporate product. We at the B-Movie Celebration know otherwise. We know that for the most part the grand American cinematic tradition has evolved from origins in B-Movies.
What's the B Movie Celebration?
It's a three-day festival that will feature screenings of B-movies as well as guest speakers. This is the seventh annual B-Movie Celebration, but the first time it's in Woodridge. Again, from the B-Movie Celebration website:
"The product Hollywood now produces often acts as a kind of celluloid Eurasian Milfoil, crowding all other of forms of cinema off the viewing public’s radar and demanding that only they have the right or ability to bring entertainment to the world. We take deep exception to this and intend to offer an alternative."
Which movies will be played?
The celebration will feature screenings of more than 68 B-movies, including 26 feature films and 42 shorts. B-movies typically have awesome names, such as My Fair Zombie and Chopping Mall. To see a full list of films playing, go to the B-Movie Celebration website.