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Picture - Roger Corman , Thursday 8th November 2012

Roger Corman and Beverly Hilton Hotel Thursday 8th November 2012 attends the BAFTA Los Angeles 2012 Britannia Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

Picture - Roger Corman, Gale Anne Hurd , Wednesday 3rd October 2012

Roger Corman and Gale Anne Hurd - Roger Corman, Gale Anne Hurd Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Gale Anne Hurd honored on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Roger Corman and Gale Anne Hurd

Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel Review

An essential documentary for movie fans, this exploration of the work of iconic filmmaker Roger Corman revels in the joy of exploitation movies made on a minuscule budget with lashings of gore, explosions and nudity. It's a glowing portrait of a man who changed filmmaking forever.

Corman's 400 films have tapped into youth culture in ways that studios never could. This documentary traces his career with interviews and clips, but also explores his impact on the industry at large. Clearly, he's not only an important filmmaker, but he's also a genuinely nice man (at one point, Nicholson breaks down and cries while talking about him). We also get glimpses behind-the-scenes on 2010's hilarious-looking Dinoshark, proving that his filmmaking methods haven't changed much in nearly 60 years. And we discover that his favourite filmmakers include Bergman, Fellini and Truffaut, whose films he distributed in America.

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Picture - Roger Corman Cannes, France, Wednesday 18th May 2011

Roger Corman Wednesday 18th May 2011 at the the American Pavilion during the 2011 Cannes International Film Festival - Day 8 Cannes, France

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Picture - Roger Corman Hollywood, California, Saturday 14th November 2009

Roger Corman Saturday 14th November 2009 Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences' 2009 Governors Awards Gala - Arrivals held at Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center Hollywood, California

Death Race Review

Movies like Death Race exist so critics will have something to put on their year-end "Worst Of" lists.

Technically, it's a remake of Paul Bartel's schlocky Death Race 2000 from 1975. But director Paul W.S. Anderson also uses his gig as an excuse to revisit every innocent-man-behind-bars cliché that has been introduced from then 'til now.

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Picture - Roger Corman Los Angeles, California, Monday 4th February 2008

Roger Corman Monday 4th February 2008 AARP The Magazine's Seventh Annual Movies for Grownups Awards at the Hotel Bel-Air - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

Frankenstein Unbound Review

John Hurt, Bridget Fonda, Raul Julia... Roger Corman??? This bizarre mashup of Frankenstein and Back to the Future is alternately interesting (with good production values, at least for some of the time) and completely bizarre. Hurt plays a futuristic scientist (dig his clothes... dig the kids' clothes!) who opens a portal in time and ends up in Victorian England, along with a real-life Dr. Frankenstein. The usual mayhem breaks loose as Frank marauds the countryside, before being zapped into an alternate reality. How's that? Don't ask. It involves lasers.

Big Bad Mama Review

William Shatner and Tom Skerritt would probably rather you forget about the infamous Big Bad Mama, one of the best-known exploitation films ever made. Thanks begin with Shatner and Skerritt, both starring as pervy hangers-on to the film's star -- and the reason why Mama is so widely seen -- Angie Dickinson, a 43-year-old bombshell who turns to crime in order to keep her two trollop daughters clothed. Barely.

Using Bonnie & Clyde as its obvious base, producer Roger Corman and director Steve Carver add in a second Clyde, plus a little extra skin in the form of two teenage daughters who always seem to be falling out of their slips. Holding this clan together is Wilma McClatchie (Dickinson), who almost accidentally launches on a career of crime -- robbery, bank heists, and kidnapping, with an unknown goal in sight.

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X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963) Review

Cute little tale has doctor Ray Milland discovering drops that let you see through objects -- with the unfortunate side effect of eventually driving you insane. Disgraced out of medicine after defenestrating one of his fellow physicians, he of course joins the circus as part of the freakshow. Staid performances, cornball special effects (dig those medical textbooks standing in for human innards), and peek-a-boo shots of womens' legs and backs make this 1963 cult classic a middling and often laughable experience.

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The Independent Review

Mockumentary about the movie business? Okay, not original in any sense of the word, but putting Janeane Garofalo in a suit and spray-on tan is simply inspired.

The Independent is Jerry Stiller's show, starring him as Morty Fineman, a Roger Corman/Andy Sidaris-style filmmaker who makes lovingly crafted low-budget, borderline-exploitation films that the world largely dismisses as junk. The film follows Morty and daughter Paloma (Garofalo) as they try to revive Morty's sagging career and reflect on decades of schlocky work like Brothers Divided (about Siamese twins in Vietnam) and Foxy Chocolate Robot (about a foxy chocolate robot). The film uses present-day footage intercut with scenes ostensibly from Morty's body of work, all appropriate in graininess, streaks, and rotten acting quality. Real-world directors like Roger Corman and Ron Howard appear to offer commentary on Morty's oeuvre, all of whom declare him an underrated genius.

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Death Race 2000 Review

Never mind the pedestrian roadkill. You won't find another film featuring a fistfight between David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. Er, I don't think, anyway.

Roger Corman's cult classic sends competitors in a dystopic future on a Cannonball Run-style cross-country race, but you get bonus points for killing men, women, and children along the way. Never mind that there's only one survivor by the end (and thus, the scoring is irrelevant), the fun's in the getting there.

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Boxcar Bertha Review

Notable for being Martin Scorsese's first Hollywood feature and containing Barbara Hershey's most notorious nude scenes, Boxcar Bertha is genre schlock. Cineastes try to read a lot into the film -- commissioned as a reponse to Bonnie and Clyde by Roger Corman -- somehow indicating that Scorsese's greatness was evident (Mean Streets would follow one year later), but Bertha is fundamentally just a Bonnie ripoff, with Hershey and David Carradine galavanting across the Depression-era south with the goal of ruining a railroad, robbing banks and whoring it up along the way. The abrupt ending is strange but oddly relieving.

The Pit and the Pendulum Review

As part of his Edgar Allan Poe series in the 1960s (including The Raven, House of Usher, and The Masque of the Red Death), Roger Corman created The Pit and the Pendulum, based on one of Poe's best-known works.

Well, in title, anyway. The story, about a man trapped in the torture chamber during the Spanish Inquisition isn't so well-known itself. And Corman and writer Richard Matheson (The Omega Man) take some extensive liberties with the story, turning into a tale about the son (Vincent Price) of a Spanish Inquisitor who inherits his father's house of horrors (torture chamber included). His adulturous wife (Barbara Steele) has faked her own death and is trying to drive her husband crazy... and when she succeeds, she gets more than she bargained for.

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The Masque of the Red Death Review

Overheated but well produced, this Corman extravaganza has Price in one of his most evil of roles, as a medieval prince who has made a deal with the devil, thus freeing him to torture all his subjects. Ultimately far more silly than scary.
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