How low can you go?

Year by year, movie budgets continue to escalate; year by year too, the names of certain producers and directors become synonymous with bloated, over-budget productions. Sometimes it seems as if it’s more about how much you can spend, rather than the quality of what you spend it on.

But what about those film-makers at the other end of the financial spectrum? – those people slaving away in the realm of the micro-budget, for whom overcoming artistic and technical limitations is part of the challenge, and who succeed in making an entire film for around 0.01% of the budget of the most expensive movie ever made*?

Join us as we take a look at some of the films that prove you don’t need to spend obscene amounts of money^ to make a good movie…

…or in certain cases, to make a right stinker…

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It’s A FISTFUL OF PENNIES—all throughout August at the B-Masters’ blog!

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*Currently considered the most expensive movie ever made: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($378.5 million)
^Upper limit for this Roundtable: $50,000

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    Great pumpkin?

    PumpkinheadSpecial effects guru Stan Winston made his directorial debut with the engaging horror movie Pumpkinhead.

    Keith Bailey is the proprietor of The Unknown Movies Page.


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      It’s Jabootu’s longest review evahhhhh…..

      Jabootu correspondent Mr. Rational disproves his name by writing what I call a Guest Dissertation. Getting Hollywood to recognize even glaring flaws in popular works (I’m looking at you, James Cameron) is a  daunting task, but Mr. Rational rolled up his sleeves and dived in anyway. It just goes to show that if you star in one of the most amazingly successful TV movies ever, you have a glamorous life of Robot Chicken episodes and appearances in Sucker Punch and Machete Kills in your future.  Anyhoo, as this was made in 2006 (!!!!), its fittingly time for the 10 Year Reunion of their

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        I’ll clue you in to a terrific movie

        Murder By DecreeIt’s a mystery worthy of Sherlock Holmes as to why Murder By Decree has drifted into obscurity over the years.

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          Bits and pieces

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          A few new things around the blog:

           

          There is a new review in Science In The Reel World.

           

          College Coach (1933) is chiefly a look at the state of American college football in the early 30s, but makes the grade due to the team’s star quarterback being also an aspiring chemist.

           

          There is also a new set of short reviews in Et Al. No overarching theme this time, mostly just what I’ve been watching on the Midday Movie – I can do that now! – although you’ll note a few points of accidental overlap.

           

          And there are a few new bits in Random Film Stuff, but I’ll let you find those for yourselves.

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          Liz Kingsley is the insane genius behind And You Call Yourself a Scientist!


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            Is it a movie that stynx?

            The PhynxBarely released to theaters and little seen in the decades that followed, The Phynx all the same has built an extremely bad reputation. Is it really that bad?

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              Cannon cops

              Under CoverUnlike many other Golan and Globus productions, Under Cover has been all but forgotten. Which is a shame, because it’s surprisingly good.

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                Bugging out

                Apparently Karma has decreed that I shall watch only films that are bat**** insane.

                Karma has done worse things to me…

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                WAR OF THE INSECTS (1968)

                …in which any synopsis I could offer would suggest that I had suffered a nervous breakdown while playing Mad Libs…

                 

                 

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                  Substantially science

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                  Recently, I’ve been concentrating on rolling my Science In The Reel World section over to the blog:

                  The Silver Cord (1933)
                  His Brother’s Wife (1936)
                  The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)
                  Green Light (1937)
                  Yellow Jack (1938)
                  Dr Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940)
                  Dive Bomber (1941)
                  Kid Glove Killer (1942)
                  Powder Town (1942)
                  Without Love (1945)
                  Dishonored Lady (1947)
                  Mystery Street (1950)
                  No Highway In The Sky (1951)
                  The Dam Busters (1954)
                  A New Leaf (1971)

                   

                  In addition, the Roundtable prompted me to roll over Halloween and Halloween II, as well as Orca.

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                    You’ll shed tears of laughter

                    Cry OnionThe spaghetti western Cry Onion is downright insane, which is why it is greatly entertaining.

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