I have always thought that the term "B-movie" was short for "Bad movie". Not all bad movies are literally "bad movies." Many are extremely entertaining anecdotes of film that earn the B-movie ranking due to their low budgets, minor league actors, fledgling directing careers, producers who are just starting out in the industry and raiding everything from Warner Bros' discarded movie prop recycle bin to Cousin Ernie's tool shed looking for spare parts, etc. Bad movies are the heart & soul of the filmmaking industry because they often tell stories on film that the A-list movie production companies would never touch because A-listers are usually hindered by marketing strategies, or how much money that a movie will rake in at the box office. That being said, I have seen truly godawful bad movies like Godzilla (1998)
and The Hobbit (2012)
being given the royal A-list treatment simply because they were a big box office draw; truly bad "good" movies that make good bad movies like Army of Darkness (1992)
look like masterpieces in comparison.
This was a great review, by the way. I love in-a-nutshell summaries like this because it teaches film reviewers like me who talk too much in their movie reviews that sometimes, "less is more!" On a side note, I believe that Bridget Fonda made her little cameo appearance in this movie because she was a friend of Bruce Campbell's or Sam Raimi's or something. Or she probably just lost a bet or needed the rent money.