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For this writer, if I ever wanted to be alive during another era of filmmaking, my first choice would most definitely be the 1960s. During that time, some of the most fascinating genre work was being created from the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Herschell Gordon Lewis, the Hammer House of Horror, George A. Romero, and of course legendary writer/director/producer Roger Corman.
Before the 60s, Corman established himself as an independent maverick of film with his work on films like Swamp Women, The Wasp Woman and A Bucket of Blood , but it’s safe to say that it wasn’t until the director and producer began collaborating with Vincent Price that his directorial work in the horror genre was elevated to an entirely new level.
In honor of Price’s upcoming 100th birthday (he was born May 27, 1911), Dread Central recently had the opportunity to speak with Corman about his »
For many fans, independent horror filmmaking seems like a relatively new concept. So you may be surprised to find out the maverick spirit that fuels our beloved genre has been burning for almost 100 years now, since the 1912 version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde was produced by the independently-run production house Thanhouser Company.
Since then, we’ve enjoyed countless films that bucked the studio system tradition and gave us bold, refreshing explorations of some of our greatest fears and introduced us to some pioneers in the entertainment industry. In honor of these achievements, we here at Dread Central are taking the entire month of March to celebrate all things indie horror.
To kick things off, over the next five days we’d like to take you on a historical journey through the last 100 years of indie horror by taking a look at 25 milestones that helped define the horror genre and, in many cases, »
While other releases in the Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics focus on his producing credits, the recent Sci-Fi Classics showcases three of his early directorial works. Oh, he also produced all three, worked with the writers on the scripts and even pitched the projects to investors. Like many directors today, when you call something a "Corman film", it’s because he’s influenced the project from the start.
First up is Attack of the Crab Monsters, which manages to be quite effective despite its ludicrous premise. A group of scientists arrive on a remote Pacific island to study the effects of fallout from recent nuclear testing in the Pacific. They also want to discover what happened to the first team, which disappeared without a trace.
It’s not long before mysterious things start to happen. A sailor is pulled out of the water without his head, the »
- Chris McMillan
Even if you aren't aware of it, chances are you've seen a Roger Corman movie... and you've definitely seen a movie that was influenced by him. The so-called "King of the B-Movies" is renowned for making low-budget flicks with lightning-quick speed -- he cranked out 1960's "The Little Shop of Horrors" in a mere two days! -- and generous helpings of schlocky special effects, crazy monsters, gratuitous nudity and less-than-Oscar-worthy acting. And yet he can count among his proteges directors such as Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Ron Howard and James Cameron.
Director Alex Stapleton's new documentary, titled "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel," hits the Sundance Film Festival this week, tracing Corman's legendary filmmaking career from his 1955 directorial debut "Swamp Women" to his most recent effort as producer, 2010's "Dinoshark" (which is just as awesome as it sounds). Above, check out an exclusive clip from the documentary »
- Tom DiChiara
4 items from 2011
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