) arose in the mid-1960s as an informaldescription of certain unequivocally non-A films. It was soon adopted to characterize low-budget pictures with quality standards well below those of most B movies and even so-called C movies.”
‘Z movies’ films are a very low standard with often the acting being very bad, thescreenplay, etc. Falling way below usual standards, they are often very low budget films. To categorise Hidden Agenda as what I believe to be a Z movie is not fair at all. HiddenAgenda may fall into some of the specifications such as the low budget; however thequality is not bad whatsoever.************However the alternative definition of a Z movie is a movie which is a political thrillerwhich can be frowned upon by a government of which it was criticising. This was definedby Guy Hennebelle
“Outlined in an article by Guy Hennebelle in
, Z Movies "only use 'politics' as a convenient reference to create the illusion that they are seriously dealing with a problem"
Z movies are also seen to
"revive most of the Hollywood gimmicks in their glossing over of reality — the recourse to out-of-the-ordinary heroeswho are all put into extraordinary situations, contrivances of editing, pounding musicalscores, and deliberate ideological fuzziness”