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A Film Festival in Bad Taste

The night before the Oscars, check out some of the best/worst and cult films from the past 25 years.

In the spring, the Penn State Student Film Organization adds another film festival to their events. There’s the 4-Day Film Festival, where teams compete to make movies in four days, the Blue and White Film Festival, which recognizes the best student productions of the year, and now the B-Film Festival, with screenings of four low-budget “masterpieces.”

What’s a B-Film? I’m glad you asked. Maybe this trailer for the night’s first movie, Bad Taste, will give you a clue.

Fun fact: this movie was written and directed by Peter Jackson of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies.

B-movies are low-budget movies, but directors often exploit that budget to the most awesome ends of their abilities. Though the acting and technical elements are sometimes cringeworthy and often made for cult audiences, they can feature all the chaos, blood, guts, and sex that they want.

The movies being shown at the festival include:

  • The aforementioned Bad Taste
  • Cult favorite The Room, a dark drama comedy of brotherhood and betrayal written, produced, directed by, and starring one very eccentric Tommy Wiseau
  • Recent Dance Dance Revolution meets post-apocalpytic future movie The FP
  • The indescribable Bad Biology

The free fun starts at 7 p.m. on February 23 in the screening room at 113 Carnegie, and you can stay for however long you want (or can take). Make sure to check out the Facebook event for more information.

Oh, and if you’ve ever been to a screening of The Room, bring plastic spoons. You know what I mean.

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About the Author

Alex Federman

Alex is a Senior at Penn State who enjoys watching movies and television shows (probably a bit too much). He's a Film/Video major, with a Spanish minor.


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