B-Movie Theater has announced the seventh annual inductions in the B-Movie Hall of Fame. The B-Movie Hall of Fame honorees were selected by cinephiles from around the world who voted on their favorite films and artists of the B-Movie orbit.
During the voting process, the B-Movie Hall of Fame provided ballots with 100 B-Movie titles and 100 B-Movie icons to choose from. “This year’s winning votes runs the full spectrum of the B-Movie genre,” said Ron Bonk, president and founder of the B-Movie Hall of Fame. “This years inductees include 1930s classics like “White Zombie” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” 1950s camp like “Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla” and “Robot Monster,” and contemporary icons like Clive Barker and Debbie Rochon. The full force of the B-Movie experience is on display here.”
The newest members of the B-Movie Hall of Fame, categorized by artists and classics, are listed in alphabetical order:
CLIVE BARKER. British writer and filmmaker who created the long-running “Hellraiser” and “Candyman” franchises.
SONNY CHIBA. Japanese icon of the martial arts genre, who chopped his way through four decades of adrenaline-overdrive action flicks including the classics “Gangster Cop” (1970) and “The Street Fighter” (1974).
LARRY “BUSTER” CRABBE. Athletic leading man who embodied Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers in a series of popular serials.
SAMUEL FULLER. Director of low-budget, high-drama features including “The Baron of Arizona” (1950), “The Steel Helmet” (1951) and “Shock Corridor” (1963).
ZSA ZSA GABOR. Hungarian-born glamour girl who decorated such high camp B-stings as “The Girl in the Kremlin” (1957), “The Queen of Outer Space” (1958) and “Picture Mommy Dead” (1966).
VAL LEWTON. Legendary RKO producer responsible for the landmark B-thrillers “Cat People” (1942), “I Walked with a Zombie” (1943) and “The Leopard Man” (1943).
TED V. MIKELS. Horror filmmaker who unleased such films as “The Astro-Zombies” (1969) and “The Corpse Grinders” (1972) on B-loving audiences.
DEBBIE ROCHON. Uber-prolific leading lady who starred in such B-flicks as “Black Easter” (1994), “Tromeo and Juliet” (1996) and “Hellblock 13” (1999).
BRINKE STEVENS. B-legend who starred in the celebrated “Necromancy” (1972), “The Slumber Party Massacre” (1982) and “Sorority Babes in the Slimeball Bowl-O-Rama” (1988).
EDGAR G. ULMER. Versatile film director who helmed the masterworks “The Black Cat” (1934), “Bluebeard” (1944) and “Detour” (1945).
“BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA” (1952), directed by William Beaudine. The comedy anti-classic in which two nitwit comics fall from an airplane and land on a tropical island where a mad scientist is engaged in simian experiments.
“A BOY AND HIS DOG” (1975), directed by L.Q. Jones. A very young Don Johnson stars in this bizarre cult favorite about life in post-apocalyptic America.
“CURSE OF THE DEMON” (1957), directed by Jacques Tourneur. Also known as “Night of the Demon,” this thriller follows an American psychologist to England where he attempts to expose witchcraft and demon worship as a fraud — only to discover his assumptions are horribly wrong!
“KING KONG VS. GODZILLA” (1962), directed by Ishiro Honda & Thomas Montgomery. The two greatest movie monsters demolish Tokyo and each other in a wild kaiju free-for-all.
“THE LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT” (1972), directed by Wes Craven. A group of escaped convicts make the supreme mistake of accidentally seeking shelter in the family home of one of their victims.
“LOVE AT FIRST BITE” (1979), directed by Stan Dragoti. George Hamilton plays a swinging Dracula who is evicted from Transylvania and takes up residence in disco era New York City.
“NIGHT TIDE” (1961), directed by Curtis Harrington. Dennis Hopper stars as a naive sailor who falls in love with a carnival performer who thinks she is a mermaid.
“ROBOT MONSTER” (1953), directed by Phil Tucker. The 3D camp classic about a lunar invasion coordinated by a robot which resembles a gorilla wearing a diving helmet.
“SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET” (1936), directed by George King. British horror legend Todd Slaughter plays the homicidal barber who swings a too-sharp razor.
“WHITE ZOMBIE” (1932), directed by Victor Halperin. The landmark zombie thriller, starring Bela Lugosi as the leader of a Caribbean colony of living dead slaves.