It’s a camp lover’s dream: B movies, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And on Oct. 10, it becomes a reality with the launch of the B-Movie Channel, a place where “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” is the appetizer and “Bikini Squad” the main course.
The channel actually launched in February with a modest three hours of programming each week — all on Friday nights. Now, it takes the 24-hour plunge, blending a mix of B-grade Westerns, horror films, comedy and drama with cheesy TV shows and works by student directors. It boasts a 7,000-film library.
But if you don’t have a large back yard satellite dish, you’ll be out of luck trying to locate the B-Movie Channel. At least initially. It has no agreements yet with cable operators and is essentially being run by “founder and CEO” Dennis Morgan out of his home in Culver City, Calif. Satellite hounds can find it on Galaxy 7, Transponder 22.
Morgan has some strange ideas of what constitutes a B movie, listing among his choices “Casablanca,” the acclaimed 1950 biopic “The Jackie Robinson Story” and “Pulp Fiction” (“It was made for very little money,” Morgan explains). The channel creator also has some lofty ideas of how quickly his creation will get wide distribution. The hope is for 10 million subscribers for the ad-supported basic cable channel within six months.
Most of the advertising thus far is of the infomercial variety, which naturally fits right in on a channel whose mandate is to present cheese. But Morgan adds that national advertisers are “beginning to show interest” now as well.
He stresses, “People who want to see us should contact their local cable company.” And pray they have a sense of humor.