Return of the bad movie buffs

ou know, the ones where the acting is rubbish, the score is cheesy and the budget is nearly non-existent.

These are the films that never make it to the big screen and go directly to the bargain bins – they’re hilarious when they shouldn’t be and so poorly made that it’s comical.

But it’s getting harder to source these flicks as video stores close and everything moves online, which is why the Edinburgh B-Team is set to return after a ten-month hiatus to give addicts their weekly bad movie fix.

Organiser Cameron Smart said the free Monday night screenings, including popcorn, wound up in December when the projector in the basement of Jekyll and Hyde in Hanover Street gave up the ghost.

Keen regulars urged him to launch a Kickstarter to raise funds for a new projector and within three days the online crowdfunding campaign had reached the £250 target.

The 39-year-old postal worker began going to the weekly screening to meet people when he moved to the capital about five years ago.

He eventually ended up directing the screenings and being tasked with reviving the night, which was attended by about 30 people each week.

“We’re definitely hoping to have it up before Halloween because there are so many bad horrors out there,” he said.

Pivo will be the team’s new home – quite fitting as the exterior of the Calton Road bar features in the opening sequence of Trainspotting, not that it would ever be worthy of B-movie status.

Upon the club’s return people can expect more low-grade horrors, 1980s action heroes with mega moustaches, interminable sequels and rubber aliens.

Plus a healthy dose of David Hasselhoff and Hulk Hogan for good measure.

Each night features two films relating to a theme and you may even get to rub shoulders with a celeb.

Since the club began in 2008 actors have made special appearances, including cult 70s and 80s film actress Carol Munro and Dawn of the Dead director George Romero.

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Samurai Cop still makes Cameron laugh.

“It’s just the worst Lethal Weapon rip-off I’ve ever seen,” he said.

“When we put it on people were actually wetting themselves laughing. We can tell how good a film is by the amount of laughter.”

Another film that went down a treat was children’s flick Sherlock Bones: Undercover Dog.

“Bascially it’s about a dog, with an eye patch that had a Sean Connery accent that goes around solving crimes,” Cameron said.

“The acting was so bad, the filming was so bad we were in stitches watching it.

“It became like an endurance competition – who could stay till the end. It was that bad.”

Bad movie buffs can get involved with the Edinburgh B-Team before it relaunches by joining its Facebook group.