I am going to guess. Could it be......MONEY??? It is cheaper to film in lesser developed countries than the US.
I guess so. You don't get rich by spending your money, do you. More exploitation no doubt.
Possibly - but not necessarily. A prime example is Full Moon Features (previously Full Moon Productions). They are a low-budget (now slightly bigger budget) horror and sci-fi company owned by Charles Band. Though several of their films (if not a majority of the older ones), were (and I'm sure some still are) filmed in Romania - it was his Subspecies series that actually helped Romania begin building a mecca for moviemakers specializing in horror. They have the castles, scenery and Vlad (aka Dracula) legend. Someone in Romania was smart and required that the more than half the extras, film and production crews be Romanians. Yes, it was cheaper to film bad B-movies there but to the benefit of the Romanians.
No doubt exploitation probably occurred but ultimately it also brought in needed revenue and developed an industry that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. One can only hope the Bulgarians are as savvy about having their people employed on these productions.
I am a huge fan of bad B movies and thoroughly love the Puppet Master and Subspecies series. I really do have a poster of Radu Vladislas - the Subspecies vampire. I'm also a lifetime member of the Full Moon Fan Club (a gift from a friend) though they haven't sent me a newsletter in a decade. Maybe I should write a letter of complaint.
ps: All this chatter about The Fourth Kind has me wanting to check out the film regardless of it's truthfulness. I like The Blair Witch Project. (See, sucker for B movies of the horror kind.) Who's up for Killer Klowns from Outer Space?
[ Edit: Edited on 12-Nov-2009, at 13:24 by Isadora ]