AMC brings “B-Movie Classics” to life

Lest you think that Twitter has no redeeming value, this news is courtesy of the most excellent Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog alum, @feliciaday.

In fact, Day came up with the perfect tagline for AMC’s new B-Movie Classics (BMC) Web site: “Streaming old trashy goodness is a good idea.”

I have to tell ya’, I didn’t even know I wanted to see Raquel Welch’s first movie, A Swingin’ Summer.

But I couldn’t resist the description: “This ‘60s beach party musical features Racquel [sic] Welch in her film debut as a bespectacled bookworm who learns to loosen up and groove with the best of them.” Mm-hmm.

I suppose I’m not spoiling anything by telling you that she takes her glasses off and shakes her hair out near the end of the movie.

Since we all need a block of cheese now and then, BMC has licensed B-movies like Hercules Unchained (where’s Xena?), Devil Doll and The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent for online viewing.

Lesbian subtext? Where?

The movies are ad-free — and awesome.

If you remember Barbara Shelley, the straight-laced Victorian grouch who transformed into a lascivious lesbian vampire in Dracula, Prince of Darkness, you might be interested in The Cat Girl, the film that first got her noticed.

Shelley stars as “a cursed woman who lets her murderous inner cat out of the bag every night to kill whoever ticked her off that day.”

Cat Girl, by the way, did not grow up to be Catwoman. Sorry.

BMC has something for every bad movie fan. None are specifically lesbian, but with titles like Dragstrip Girl, Playgirls and The Vampire and Reform School Girls, you can find plenty of fodder for a whole new variety of B-movie slash fiction.

Do you have a favorite B-movie genre? What BMC flicks will you make time to watch?

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