If you dare to partake in B-Fest, the annual 24-hour festival of bad movies (January 23-24 in Evanston), here are some titles to give you a taste of what you're in for.
In Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the people of Mars decide to bring joy to their planet by kidnapping Kris Kringle. Complete with an undeniably catchy song, bizarre toy production machine, and polar bear and robot costumes almost ridiculous enough to trump the green Martian makeup, this dreadful 1960s production went down in history as one of the worst holiday flicks ever in the Internet Movie Database.
Perhaps the first film to exploit little people was The Terror of Tiny Town, a musical Western with an all-dwarf cast, which is only one of the many reasons why it is a terrible movie. You may forget the unmemorable tunes, but you probably won't forget the sight of a cowpoke riding a Shetland pony or sliding under a saloon door in this novelty that also includes some actors who played Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz.
In the "entertaining" "classic" Disco Godfather, Rudy Ray Moore obviously has a lot of fun playing alternate roles as a popular disco DJ and an avenger of the drug dealers who got his nephew hooked on angel dust. He takes to the streets to expose them, ending in a climactic kung fu battle that will satisfy any action aficionado.
If you "enjoy" these kinds of films, B-Fest may be for you!