Roger Corman movies S/D

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Trio Network has been running their "Easy Riders Raging Bulls" documentary series all this week and as part of the film fest, they've run a couple of Corman classics including Targets, Peter Bogdanovich's first movie, which I've always heard of but never seen before. Damn... what a movie! The lead character is a conservative clean-cut kid who keeps a lot of guns in his car and then finally snaps. Boris Karloff plays an aging horror movie icon who's retiring because the monsters he plays on screen aren't frightening to a desensitized late-60s public. Without giving too much away, the two of them finally meet. I'm guessing this was an exploitation movie to cash in on the Charles Whitman serial sniper killings.

Anyway, I only found a thread on Masque Of The Red Death, so here's a wide open Corman S/D thread.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:30 (twenty-one years ago) link

"hey... pizza!"

Jody Beth Rosen (Jody Beth Rosen), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:32 (twenty-one years ago) link

SEARCH : "The Wild Angels"

we wanna be free to ride our machines without being hassled by the man, Monday, 17 March 2003 03:33 (twenty-one years ago) link

Are we talking as director or producer? If producer, Rock and Roll High School -- even if he originally wanted to make it Disco High.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:34 (twenty-one years ago) link

Director and producer

Oh, and search: Day The World Ended, Not Of This Earth, Machine Gun Kelly, The Wasp Woman, House Of Usher, Masque Of The Red Death, Dementia 13, Wild Angels, The Trip, Dunwich Horror, Rock And Roll High School, and the aforementioned Targets

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:35 (twenty-one years ago) link

Search:

Pit and the Pendulum: fantastic Price, funky psychedelia closing titles, beautiful Barbara Steele

Man with the X Ray Eyes: I haven't seen this one since I was a kid, so maybe it would be a major dud now. All I can remember (though it's vague) is the ending, with Ray Milland wandering into the desert and into the tent of fundamentalists and then [spoiler]...that's the right movie, correct?

Joe (Joe), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:40 (twenty-one years ago) link

of the little of I've seen

Search: Death Race 2000

Destroy: The Haunting Of Hell House, The Wild Angels, Little Shop Of Horrors (the original, which even bored me as a kid), Saga Of The Viking Women And Their Voyage Blah Blah Blah, and I swear he had SOMETHING to do with Screwballs, the only movie that made me want to join a monastery.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:43 (twenty-one years ago) link

Another one I'm remembering is Queen of Blood (a.k.a. "Planet of Blood"). I don't know if Corman had anything to do with it, but I always assumed he did; it had a very Corman feel to it.

Spaceship intercepts a distress call on a planet, picks up alien queen, brings queen on board, queen turns out to be a vampire and... Suffice to say, it's basically the plot of "Alien" a decade earlier.

All I remember is that it starred Basil Rathbone, a clean-cut, pre-drug Dennis Hopper as one of the crew, and that the alien queen looked absolutely freaky during her kill scenes...

Joe (Joe), Monday, 17 March 2003 03:57 (twenty-one years ago) link

Oh yeah, forget about that one... Queen Of Blood is definately Corman. As I recall it also starred John Saxon and had a Forrest J Ackerman cameo in it.

Chris Barrus (xibalba), Monday, 17 March 2003 04:03 (twenty-one years ago) link

Targets is an all-time favorite. Also seach Saint Jack.

(Obviously I am a Bogdanovich sympathizer.)

Andy K (Andy K), Monday, 17 March 2003 04:09 (twenty-one years ago) link

I saw him give a little talk once. It was grebt. He was working on some Jurassic Park rip-off films, I don't know if they ever happened. He gave lots of people their first break, yet he continues to ignore me and you.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Monday, 17 March 2003 09:24 (twenty-one years ago) link

Also search: 'The Intruder' (aka 'I Hate Your Guts'!) w/ a young William Shatner

Andrew L (Andrew L), Monday, 17 March 2003 09:32 (twenty-one years ago) link

"Man With X-Ray Eyes" is awesome.

"Bloody Mama" with Shelley Winters, DeNiro, Bruce Dern, '69, is a trash version of "Bonnie & Clyde" and is one of the most accomplished Cormans, very funny. I'd rank it near the top of Corman's ourvre.

Jess Hill (jesshill), Monday, 17 March 2003 14:42 (twenty-one years ago) link

I saw The Man With X-Ray Eyes not so long ago (about a year, maybe). I remember being disturbed by it as a kid, but I didn't find it that way as an adult. It was a fairly good movie. I thought the ending was a *lot* nastier than it was, though.

Ray Milland in a fairly good toupee, too, instead of those horrible things he occasionally wore later...

Favourite Corman is the Price/Poe stuff -- probably mostly an insult to the sources, but a lot of fun.

ChristineSH (chrissie1068), Monday, 17 March 2003 14:46 (twenty-one years ago) link

three years pass...
Happy 80th birthday to the King of the Bs! Of stuff I don't see mentioned above, search A Bucket of Blood.

http://mattzollerseitz.blogspot.com/2006/04/recycling-roger-corman_05.html

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 April 2006 14:46 (eighteen years ago) link

J'agree about A Bucket Of Blood, although the plot
has striking similarities to The Little Shop Of Horrors. I can't understand why anyone would reccommend The Wasp Woman though - it sucks.

everything, Thursday, 6 April 2006 16:58 (eighteen years ago) link

Haha, I clicked on this thread to Search Bucket of Blood.

C0L1N B... (C0L1N B...), Thursday, 6 April 2006 19:22 (eighteen years ago) link

Lat night, I flicked past The Terror when Jack Nicholson and Dick Miller were onscreen together.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 April 2006 19:30 (eighteen years ago) link

one year passes...

omg, The Intruder (with SHATNER fomenting racial hate in the early '60s South!) just came out on disc. It's very good.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...

http://i24.tinypic.com/15oa2p3.jpg

Nate Carson, Wednesday, 10 December 2008 20:20 (fifteen years ago) link

nine months pass...

Roger Corman is getting an Oscar!

director Roger Corman will finally be recognized by Oscar this year, with a Lifetime Achievement award for his prolific and influential body of work.

In addition to producing 300 pictures, and directing 50, the mild-mannered Corman also apprenticed and mentored some filmmakers you may have heard of, such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdonavich, Monte Hellman and Curtis Hanson, just to name a few, and launched the acting careers of Jack Nicholson, Bruce Dern, David Carradine, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Pam Grier, and Robert DeNiro, among others.

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 12 September 2009 05:45 (fourteen years ago) link

getting a retro in NYC too.

A Patch on Blazing Saddles (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 12 September 2009 06:50 (fourteen years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Pit and the Pendulum: fantastic Price, funky psychedelia closing titles, beautiful Barbara Steele

It has its moments, esp twd the end, but I find Price's camping really wearying. Did he ever pull back in these Poe movies other than Masque (which is the only one I've really liked so far)?

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 October 2009 14:06 (fourteen years ago) link

For understated (relatively speaking) Price, I would seek out WITCHFINDER GENERAL rather than any of the Corman Poes; alternatively, THE PREMATURE BURIAL has Ray Milland in the Price lead role, and is one of the best, most hysterical Corman horrors imho

Ward Fowler, Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

oh, I've seen Witchfinder, love it.

Your Favorite Saturday Night Thing (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 10 October 2009 16:50 (fourteen years ago) link

one year passes...

new DVDs, a documentary:

http://mubi.com/notebook/posts/2836

kind of shrill and very self-righteous (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 1 February 2011 12:50 (thirteen years ago) link

eight months pass...

How did I not know until today that there was a 1995 Showtime remake of "A Bucket Of Blood" starring Anthony Michael Hall and Justine Bateman! Featuring cameos by Paul Bartel and Mink Stole! And Alan Sues!! Released on VHS as "The Death Artist" and never on DVD. Must see!

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/bf/The_Death_Artist.jpg

Prostetnic Vogon Limbaugh (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 4 October 2011 17:26 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

I'm 1/2 way through watching "Battle from Beyond the Stars" and it's a pretty damn enjoyable Star Wars ripoff. Some of the paintings they used for planet surfaces are breathtaking. The ship with boobs (and the ship with the rebel flag on it) is pretty silly. The special effects are lots of fun. And I'm digging that revealing costume on the Valkyrie warrior. The film itself is moving along at a decent pace.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 01:44 (twelve years ago) link

Sorry, it's "Battle Beyond the Stars" not "from Beyond". Spaceship boobs getting to my head.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 01:45 (twelve years ago) link

Also it's cool that they ripped off the old school film wipes.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 01:49 (twelve years ago) link

Also it sort of looks like the film starts with someone playing with a slinky.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 01:54 (twelve years ago) link

I remember when BBTS came out, they had the Space Valkyrie Lady on some kids TV programme explaining how groundbreaking the film was, because other SF flicks had taken place *among* the stars, this was happenning *beyond* them.

The New Dirty Vicar, Monday, 7 November 2011 13:27 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzlwciBehOs

That metallic space bra is a force to be reckoned with.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 15:05 (twelve years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx9Ni9xGLV0

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 November 2011 15:29 (twelve years ago) link

Death Race 2000 forever!

ride the dronosaur (jjjusten), Monday, 7 November 2011 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

three years pass...

Nice interview with him on the most recent episode of Gilbert Gottfried's podcast.

Is Machine Gun Kelly actually worth a look?

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Friday, 14 November 2014 21:49 (nine years ago) link

three years pass...

50% off sale on all Shout Factory Corman movies (likely to celebrate the fact that they just got the rights to pretty much his entire film library):

https://www.shoutfactory.com/sale/march-madness
https://www.shoutfactory.com/blog/shout-factory-and-ace-film-hk-announce-major-acquisition-of-roger-and-julie-cormans-new-horizons-picture-film-library/

Toilet Paper Tube Bracelets -- Super Hero Themed? (Old Lunch), Friday, 23 March 2018 02:40 (six years ago) link

ten months pass...

Dick Miller (L), the secret hero of Roger Corman's The Wild Angels (1966), confronts nihilist nogoodnik biker trash over their use of fascist symbols as fashion accessories. pic.twitter.com/iGAYo5NEJw

— ๐•ฟ๐–—๐–”๐–š๐–‡๐–‘๐–Š ๐•ฐ๐–›๐–Š๐–—๐–ž ๐•ฏ๐–†๐–ž (@NickPinkerton) January 31, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 17:22 (five years ago) link

Miller roundup

https://www.criterion.com/current/posts/6176-that-guy-dick-miller

Dick Miller and I were friends for over 60 years. We made many movies together over many decades but I will always think of him as the beat artist Walter Paisley in A Bucket of Blood. Dick was able to take what was written and reach the deepest depths(1/2) https://t.co/Rr4sgAajIY

— Roger Corman (@RogerCorman) January 31, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:01 (five years ago) link

Aw man, RIP. I first saw Bucket of Blood when I was about 7 or 8, and it left an indelible impression.

I don't come off well (Dan Peterson), Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:16 (five years ago) link

dude showed up everywhere in Corman flicks

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/1600/0*KlalYOOarpj_pDwo.jpg

omar little, Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:30 (five years ago) link

I always chortle when he pops up in films I'd forgotten he was in, like After Hours

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:33 (five years ago) link

sort of looks like a less angular Charles Napier

omar little, Thursday, 31 January 2019 18:37 (five years ago) link

five months pass...
one month passes...

I watched The Wild Angels for the first time last weekend; struck me as a mostly formulaic bikesploitation film of the period, even though Diane Ladd was already good with crap material. I'd forgotten this was the source of "we wanna ride our machines..."

The Trip (rewatch) is much more "serious" (oh, Nicholson) but better too, including Fonda, being a vulnerable Everytripper instead of a deadpan motorcycle boy. Too many of those fast-cut montage sequences (which get a separate credit, so I assume Corman didn't touch them), and I really like the laundromat scene, and how often PF's "bad" hallucinations seem to put him in other Corman movies.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 8 September 2019 01:54 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

At the LA Premiere of The Irishman. I thought the film was brilliant. Martin Scorsese did his first feature with me called Boxcar Bertha and Robert De Niro's first role was in Bloody Mama. It's nice to see them finally have a little success. pic.twitter.com/QjJ26xPZ69

— Roger Corman (@RogerCorman) November 1, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 2 November 2019 15:30 (four years ago) link

The only living filmmaker who matters has spoken

We must preserve Roger Corman forever at all costs pic.twitter.com/xrZiyByZDs

— Screen Slate (@ScreenSlate) November 2, 2019

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Monday, 4 November 2019 15:34 (four years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcpmM-eTESI

Feed Me Wheat Thins (Old Lunch), Monday, 4 November 2019 15:43 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

New 35mm print of Masque of the Red Death at MoMA tonight; looked great as you might expect. A little too much laughter for my taste, but there are your smug jerkoffs.

They showed a few AIP trailers first, and I thing the dad who brought a couple 8-year-olds might've been surprised by the breasts hyping The Student Nurses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubG521MU3yA

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 03:05 (four years ago) link

I had forgotten how the Hoptoad-Patrick Magee subplot ended in Masque -- pretty grotesque and nearly arbitrary. I assume the Poe story (not "Masque," but "Hop-Frog") makes more sense, if indeed it has anything to do with the film treatment.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 21:44 (four years ago) link

two months pass...
one year passes...

"Bloody Mama" with Shelley Winters, DeNiro, Bruce Dern, '69, is a trash version of "Bonnie & Clyde" and is one of the most accomplished Cormans, very funny. I'd rank it near the top of Corman's ourvre.

This was just on. The shootout at the end is all-time. Whatever happened to Don Stroud? Pretty much all of my movie watching needs are covered by London Live and Talking Pictures these days.

Wouldn't disgrace a Michael Jackson (Tom D.), Thursday, 8 July 2021 21:46 (two years ago) link

Stroud returned to his native land of Hawaii

Josefa, Thursday, 8 July 2021 21:59 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

All this time I hadn't seen The Intruder until now. If this had been Corman's only movie, we'd probably be talking about it more now rather than as a "hey, did you know Corman directed a serious movie about racial hate and violence?" footnote. Unbelievable performance from Shatner - his character is the prototype for every CPAC'er.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 18 June 2023 23:07 (eleven months ago) link

Yeah, it's pretty great and unnerving (if also ultimately way too optimistic about the frothing mob's ability to see through their paper tiger demagogues).

Beautiful Bean Footage Fetishist (Old Lunch), Monday, 19 June 2023 00:34 (eleven months ago) link

four months pass...

Still alive & hanging out in the Criterion Closet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-paCwBPzHX0

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 20 October 2023 21:38 (seven months ago) link

Who would be the Corman of today -- Blumhouse? Being alive and apparently immortal, maybe the answer is still Corman. Is he still cranking out movies? The last exec producer credit I found was Pirhanaconda (2012).

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:23 (seven months ago) link

Using the content factory metric, it's probably the Hallmark Channel or Lifetime or a streamer.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:28 (seven months ago) link

The dynamic has kind of reversed, right? Instead of a future Scorcese training up from the schlock-mill, we get Chloe Zhao and Ben Wheatley graduating to franchise schlock after proving they have critical chops.

Philip Nunez, Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:45 (seven months ago) link

Well, yeah. And in many cases the old 'Schlock Mill' has been replaced by music videos in the career narrative.

an icon of a worried-looking, long-haired, bespectacled man (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:54 (seven months ago) link

I donโ€™t think thereโ€™s anyone like Corman. Heโ€™s very much from a time and a place.

Allen (etaeoe), Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:56 (seven months ago) link

wow, 97 years old

jmm, Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:57 (seven months ago) link

Criterion video rules, obviously.

Allen (etaeoe), Saturday, 21 October 2023 15:58 (seven months ago) link

I don't think Marvel movies really qualify as shlock in the Corman sense, they're closer to those 60's biblical epics than anything else. Meg 2 a better example yes.

Asylum do the Corman thing except they have no interest in fostering talent and no love of cinema.

To Allen's point, the grindhouse and drive in circuits that Corman flourished in no longer exist and DTV/streaming aren't quite the same thing.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 21 October 2023 16:01 (seven months ago) link

I like this, from the Wiki article on Pirhanaconda:

The film was written by Mike MacLean, who had written Dinocroc vs. Supergator and a number of scripts for Roger Corman. Corman hired him to write the film.[3]

MacLean said: "I learned from Roger that a cable movie is a different animal than a theatrical release. First and foremost, cable movies must be faster-paced. With a theatrical release, the audience has driven to the mall, bought a ticket, and fought the crowds for a seat. They've made an investment in the viewing experience, so they're not walking out on the film if it's pacing is a bit leisurely. A cable movie audience has the remote within reach... So you have to keep things moving, which means showing the creature soon and often".[3]

jmm, Saturday, 21 October 2023 19:44 (seven months ago) link

That his legacy hasnโ€™t warranted the honorary Oscar at this point is par for the course.

Westernยฎ with Bacon Flavor, Saturday, 21 October 2023 20:17 (seven months ago) link

four months pass...

reading the great biography/oral history Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses: Roger Corman, King of B Movies by Chris Nashawaty

iโ€™m pretty unschooled in Corman so this has been a wild ride, the variety in his output in the first 20 years already is really fascinating. And man the sheer output: the book fairly whips along because thereโ€™s no time to dig in on any one production, five more are happening at the same time lol!

so many good interviews too, everything everyone says is pretty much gold

werewolves of laudanum (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, 4 March 2024 05:41 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

Schrader Being Schrader (from FB):

ROGER CORMAN. Let's not too sentimental about Corman. Even in my exploitational extremes I couldn't interest Corman in my scripts. Rolling Thunder began at AIP but moved on to 20th. Roger wouldn't touch Blue Collar even with Pryor. As soon as they could
Coppola, Scorsese and Demme all moved away from AIP. Roger was better at hyping his rep than at making good films or supporting good filmmakers.

I'm not getting what he's saying about Rolling Thunder because AIP released it after Fox dropped it for being too violent.

...and by then Corman had long moved on from AIP and was running New World.

A teensy bit butthurt still, Paul?

I've left the box of soup near your shoes (Tom D.), Sunday, 12 May 2024 18:43 (two weeks ago) link

RIP, good time to watch the recent Last Drive-In tribute on Shudder

Brad C., Sunday, 12 May 2024 20:59 (two weeks ago) link

As soon as they could Coppola, Scorsese and Demme all moved away from AIP.

Schrader says that like it's a gotcha, wasn't that famously part of Corman's pitch to directors? "Do a good job and you'll only have to work for me once?"

waste of compute (One Eye Open), Monday, 13 May 2024 14:10 (two weeks ago) link

Corman's favorites of the 50+ films he directed: https://www.fangoria.com/original/roger-corman-movie-list-1/

Brad C., Monday, 13 May 2024 18:25 (two weeks ago) link


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