B-Fest Is the Best

It's that time of the year: Time to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies at Northwestern University. If you don't feel like spending the night in an auditorium, you may want to check out these films at home.

What exactly is Skidoo? It is the only satire of the 1960s that brings together such diverse actors as Jackie Gleason, Carol Channing and Groucho Marx (playing God, no less). The convoluted plot features father-and-son mobsters on a final mission, LSD-soaked stationery and a raucous night on board "God's" yacht. Who could refuse this psychedelic trip?

The title of The Incredible Melting Man says it all. There is not much to see here other than an astronaut who returns to Earth affected by a couple of strange side effects—his body is liquefying and he has a taste for human blood. The special effects are sub-par, and the plot is non-existent, making this science fiction film a perfect choice for affectionate audience ribbing.

A modern take on the Dracula mythos, Blacula features an African prince who's turned into a vampire and suddenly unleashed in Los Angeles in the 1970s when his coffin is opened. Who could resist a tagline like "Blacula, Dracula's soul brother"?

If you dare to watch some of these B-movies, I would suggest inviting some friends to help keep you laughing through the cheese. Happy viewing!

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