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B (or Z) Movie Budgets

Posted: September 27th, 2017, 3:39 pm
by pacman000
B-movie budgets, adjusted for inflation.

I've been wondering for awhil how much it would cost to make a movie. Not a big tent-pole film, but any movie, a minimal quality-doesn't-matter-let's-just-make-it B-Movie. So I looked up a few old B-films on Wikipedia, got their budgets, and ran them through an inflation calculator:

The Beast with a Million Eyes (Released 1955, Directed by Rodger Corman)
1955 Budget: $33,000
Today: $300,138.09
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

The Blob (1958, Irvin Yeaworth)
$110,000
Today: $933,996.15
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959, Ed Wood)
$60,000
Today: $502,425.52
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

The Raven (1963, Corman)
$350,000
Today: $2,795,843.75
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies (1964, Ray Dennis Steckler)
$38,000
Today: $298,636.96
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

The Eye Creatures (1965, Larry Buccanan)
$40,000
Today: $311,332.05
https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl ... ar2=201701

Some of these (The Blob, The Raven) aren't exactly no-budget stinkers, but even the "no-budget" films cost a ton of money; often as much as a nice house in the Midwest United States. Film making is expensive; you're not going to create a movie for $50, even if comedians think that's the standard budget for these movies.

Re: B (or Z) Movie Budgets

Posted: September 27th, 2017, 9:16 pm
by scotland
That AVGN movie cost $325,000. The Blair Witch only cost $60,000.

TV really can stretch budgets. For scifi, Classic Outer Limits also had tiny budgets, but could really deliver (demon with the glass hand seems like it was made for Robert Culps salary and a few actors working so they could meet Robert Culp). Thriller and suspense shows need only a small cast, and almost no special effects. Think about what you could use as a cheap set, and minimal cast. How much would a Gilligans Island movie cost, minus the cost of renting the Harlem Globetrotters