24-hour camp film fest draws fans from around the country

Sara Melillo

Flying saucers and shrieking women spouting cheesy dialogue descended on Northwestern this weekend for B-Fest, A&O Productions’ annual 24-hour festival saluting the worst movies ever made.

About 180 viewers watched more than 20 movies during B-Fest 2001, beginning with “Reform School Girl” at 6 p.m. Friday and concluding with “Mothra” at 6 p.m. Saturday.

“There’s really no better way to waste an entire day of your life,” said Adam Blank, who traveled from northwest Indiana to attend the event.

Just as in the marathon’s previous 17 years, most of the viewers were non-NU students who trekked from as far away as Los Angeles.

“The people who come to B-Fest religiously from around the country are a different breed of cat,” said Weinberg junior Justin Vader, the event’s coordinator.

Vader said the rumor that B-Fest inspired Mystery Science Theater 3000 could be true because several of the show’s writers lived in Chicago and because B-Fest preceded Mystery Science Theater.