13 items from 2011
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel tracks the triumphant rise of the true "godfather" of independent ﬁlmmaking, Roger Corman. The single most prolific writer-director-producer, Corman financed hundreds of profitable low-budget films and helped launch the careers of Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Eli Roth, James Cameron, and many more.
With archival footage of American culture and countercultures from the 1950's to present day, and dynamic interviews with alumni of Roger Corman's cutthroat school of ﬁlmmaking, Corman's World takes us back to the days when Roger was King.
We recently caught up with director Alex Stapleton to talk about this cool new documentary, in select theaters this Friday, December 16th. Our conversation is below.
Did you use Roger Corman's aesthetic and vernacular in building your own film?
Alex Stapleton: Oh, definitely. We had a budget, but not a big one. I definitely was »
Producer/director/schlockmeister Roger Corman famously made over a hundred movies in Hollywood and never lost a dime, in part because he never financed stuff like "Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel." That's not to say this documentary about the maverick drive-in movie maven's life is bad; on the contrary, it's a breezy, informative ninety minutes with great archival footage and superb new interviews with Corman, his collaborators, and protégés. But c'mon: 90 minutes of people talking about some old guy who made a bunch of movies? That's not the Corman way. Where's the sex? Where's the violence? Where're the crazy, LSD-dropping hippie biker gangs?
Actually, all that stuff's in there too, thanks to a heap of clips from Corman's lengthy career. In a sneakily savvy way, director Alex Stapleton has structured "Corman's World" to work like Corman movie: you come to satisfy your baser urges, and inadvertently learn a »
- Matt Singer
The Return Of Schlock
They say a good thing never dies. Well I have no idea why I’m back then. But I am, so deal with it. The return of Icons means the return of Schlock, and while I’ve been monster busy having just finished studying the wonderful art that is Television making and then going straight into the world of freelance anythingwithapaycheck, I’ve found time to come on back to this corner of the site they’ve given me so I can keep screaming at that brick wall until my face is red and my lungs have long since said “fuck this”. You know the drill…
Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver (2011)
You may think – witnessing the plot for Gingerdead Man 3 – that you yourself are in fact the fleshy guinea pig of a government social experiment to discover just how preposterous a films plot »
Run for your lives.again! It.s Trailers from Hell Volume 2! Trailers . you know, those fast-paced, two-to-four-minute theatrical promotional shorts that are jam-packed with swirling letters and screaming hyperbolic promises of: Thrills! Action! Mystery! Romance? On July 5, 2011, Shout! Factory will release Trailers from Hell Volume 2 on DVD, the second installment of the popular series. Confirmed attendees include: Director Jack Hill (Coffy, The Big Doll House), Writer Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Problem Child), Director Joe Dante (Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins), actor Dick Miller (A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors), Writer Josh Olson (A History of Violence), actor Jonathan Haze (The Little Shop of Horrors), actress Jackie Joseph (The Little Shop of Horrors, »
- April MacIntyre
Shout! Factory’s giving away one hell of a prize pack, but they aren’t the only ones!
Spoiler alert: Trailers From Hell Volume 2 (featuring Little Shop of Horrors) is coming to DVD on July 5th from the amazing joy barons (and baronesses) at Shout! Factory! (That first exclamation point is their’s, but the second one is ours.)
To celebrate, Shout! is giving away a very cool collectible package including:
Authentic Gremlins press packet signed by Director Joe Dante!Trailers From Hell!: Vol. 2 DVD signed by various accomplished genre “gurus” including Director Jack Hill (Coffy, The Big Doll House), Writer Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Problem Child), Director Joe Dante (Piranha, The Howling, Gremlins), actor Dick Miller (A Bucket of Blood, The Little Shop of Horrors), Writer Josh Olson (A History of Violence) and actor Jonathan Haze (The Little Shop of Horrors)*. Trailers From Hell!: Vol. 1 DVD »
By David Savage
It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, aka Cassandra Peterson, burst into our living rooms, sporting two of her biggest assets, and single-handedly revitalized the once-tame TV genre of the late-night horror host, bringing a combination of sexuality, humor and no shortage of groan-worthy bad puns. Elvira’s Movie Macabre ran from 1981-84 on Los Angeles’ Khj (now Kcal-tv) and rapidly established her as a star with national syndication.
Feature films followed: Her own starring vehicle Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was released in 1988, followed by Elvira’s Haunted Hills in 2001. Licensing deals, frequent TV appearances, tie-ins galore, video box sets and other TV programs made Elvira America’s favorite sexy and playful horror vamp. (My favorite arcade game in the ‘80s was the Elvira pinball machine, Scared Stiff.)
Although it’s been a tough gig to keep up over the past decade, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
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 »
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman
Celebrated producer and director Roger Corman will be in St. Louis this weekend to help kick off the Vincentennial Vincent Price Film Festival. We Are Movie Geeks has decided to take a look at the directing career of the man known as .King of the B.s’, a Hollywood legend who.s discovered so much talent and gave so many future directors and actors their starts, that he has to be considered a one-man movie industry. Since we just posted the Top Ten Best of Vincent Price last week and included three of the eight Corman/Price collaborations in that list, we decided to leave off the films he made with Price this week and focus on other films that he directed. Roger Corman will be at the Hi-Pointe Theater at 1005 McCausland Ave. in St. Louis on Saturday May 21 to speak »
- Movie Geeks
Chances are, if you follow the news here at Dread Central, then you most likely are aware of the amazing story behind how writer/director Jason Eisener’s faux trailer Hobo With a Shotgun was picked as the winner of the 2007 Quentin Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez Grindhouse fan trailer competition. After Eisener was awarded the top prize, Hobo continued to gain a huge amount of fan support which ultimately fueled the demand for a feature-film version of the tale of a street urchin dishing out justice, one shell at a time.
Eisener, who still remains humble about his success to this day, decided he and his other Hobo collaborators wanted to give back to the community that got them to where they are today and held their ownfan trailer competition. The trailer that slayed the competition, Van Gore, the twisted tale of an artist that uses human blood to create his masterpieces, »
Writer/director Drew Daywalt is no stranger to the independent horror world. In fact, a few of his projects have already shown up on other filmmakers’ lists, and during some Indie Horror Month interviews that will be running later this month, his name pops up frequently.
So when it came time to reach out to filmmakers for this week’s series of lists, we knew he needed to be a part of our celebration of the independent horror filmmaking spirit.
Daywalt is currently busy working on a new series for MTV called “Death Valley” but was kind enough to give us a quick list of some of his favorite indie genre gems when he had some downtime recently.
According to Daywalt, “These are my five indie horror films you need to see before you die. They're oldies, but that's my specialty, so I'll hang my hat on that. My five »
Calling all Roger Corman fans! MGM HD is having a Roger Corman tribute every friday night in March and we have a special Prize Pack Giveaway for five lucky winners! Each winner will get the Roger Corman Collection DVD Box Set which includes: Bloody Mama, A Bucket of Blood, The Trip, Premature Burial, The Young Racers, The Wild Angels, Gas-s-s and X. How to enter? All you have to do is post a comment to this blog post [one comment per entrant, please] with your answer to the following question - which is your favorite Roger Corman movie? Enter one comment from now until end of day on March18th, 2011, and then we'll randomly select the winners, and send you all the goods! The Roger Corman tribute runs on MGM HD every Friday night...
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Three Films Produced And Directed By Honorary Academy Award Recipient And King Of B-Movies, Roger Corman: With All New Film Transfers From The Negative!
In Attack Of The Crab Monsters, a group of scientists become marooned on an island while investigating the disappearance of researchers who were looking into atomic activity in the Pacific. They quickly fall prey to giant, mutant crustaceans that have the ability to absorb the minds of their prey. Starring Russell Johnson (Gilligans Island), Richard Garland and Mel Welles (Little Shop Of Horrors).
An alien comes to Earth, masquerading as a human, to scout our planet for a new blood source in Not Of This Earth. He needs »
- Andy Triefenbach
Does claustrophobia set in easily for you? Then you may want to steer clear of the video aisles of your favorite stores as last year's intense buried alive flick (starring the future Green Lantern) is coming on home.
Being that this is another light week release wise, you don't have too many other options. That is unless you're in the mood for high speed chases featuring coffin-looking vehicles that could end up causing just as much anxiety.
Or maybe you'd just like to find comfort in another Roger Corman fest from a kinder, gentler era - a triple treat that has nothing to do with coffins. Yay!
Buried (Blu-ray Review)
Directed by Rodrigo Cortés
Paul Conroy is not ready to die. But when he wakes up six feet underground with no »
13 items from 2011
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