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Looking for some monster films, horror films, vintage sci-fi flicks, or related films to get you through the summer? Check out the Mansfield Library's holdings here!
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Find B-Movies at the Mansfield Library

The links below will allow you to browse B-Movies in our collection.  You can also search for individual titles in our catalog.

  • Find a Movie
    Use this link to locate an individual movie title in our catalog.
  • Horror Films
    The link above will take you to our holdings in horror films. Some of these might not be considered "B-Movies" per se, however, this link will certainly take you to such films.
  • Martial Arts Films
    Browse Martial Arts films by using this link. Not all of these are B-movies.
  • Monster Films
    Browse films featuring monsters such as Godzilla and others by clicking on this link.
  • Sci-Fi Films
    Not all of these Sci-Fi films will be B-Movies, however, this link will take you to related vintage movies that are so bad, they're good!


So, what is a b-movie anyway? The phrase may elicit visions of monsters, mad scientists, vampires, or other campy elements. Brief and general dictionary definitions often state that such films are low-budget and low-quality productions. However, the nuanced history of these films suggests a deeper definition. Wikipedia actually has a great introductory article on B-Movies-- complete with helpful authoritative references-- which discusses the history of these films in great detail. The first few sentences of this article give a more detailed description of a b-movie:

A B movie is a low-budget commercial motion picture that is not definitively an arthouse or pornographic film. In its original usage, during the Golden Age of Hollywood, the term more precisely identified a film intended for distribution as the less-publicized, bottom half of a double feature. Although the U.S. production of movies intended as second features largely ceased by the end of the 1950s, the term B movie continued to be used in the broader sense it maintains today ("B Movie," Wikipedia,, accessed 8 June 2011)

Below, please check out some staff and librarian favorite b-movies at the Mansfield Library. Enjoy!


Megan S.'s picks

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Cat People
Call Number: DVD 04947
Includes Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People


Pat T.'s Picks

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Abominable Dr. Phibes
Call Number: DVD 04974
Also includes Dr. Phebes Rises Again

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The Blob
Call Number: DVD 04956

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Mad Max
Call Number: DVD 04946

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Call Number: DVD 04942

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Valley of Gwangi
Call Number: DVD 04896


Patti's Picks


Tammy's Picks

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Army of Darkness
Call Number: DVD 04918

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Master of the Flying Guillotine
Call Number: DVD 04919

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Plan 9 From Outer Space
Call Number: DVD 04916


Wes's Picks

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Call Number: DVD 04893

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Seventh Voyage of Sinbad
Call Number: DVD 04693

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Call Number: DVD 04941

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Hammer Horror Collection
Call Number: DVD 04927
Includes the titles: Horror of Dracula, Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Curse of Frankenstein, and Frankenstein Must be Destroyed.

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36th Chamber of Shaolin
Call Number: DVD 04944

More B-Movie Information

Below are some links to sites that may provide free access to documentary films on the web or provide more information on documentary filmmakers. 

  • B-Masters Cabal
    Gives reviews and news for B-Movies.
    Gives reviews of B-Movies along with a somewhat humorous rating system.
  • Moving Image Archive
    Yes, you can find some b-movies in the Internet Archive. Also included here are some vintage movie trailers that could be of interest.

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