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Roger Corman DIRECTOR


Roger William Corman was born on April 5, 1926 in Detroit, Michigan. In 1947, he graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He tried an engineering job for three days, but decided that the profession just wasn’t for him. Corman quit and took at job at 20th Century Fox as a messenger boy, eventually becoming one of their story analysts in 1949. Discontented with the studio, he left to England, where he studied modern English at Oxford. Upon his arrival back in Hollywood, Corman temporarily worked as a literary agent.

However, he also wrote his first film for “Highway Dragnet” (1954), which was sold to Allied Artists, who let him be co-producer. With the money he made from the prior, he made “The Monster from the Ocean Floor” (1955), his debut film as an independent producer. It cost somewhere between $12-18,000 and took six days to make. It also set the precedent for most of Corman’s movies: inexpensive productions shot in the shortest amount of time. Additionally, he showed that films could be produced with a small amount of resources and still achieve success. American International Pictures was so pleased with his work that they asked him to produce a number of low-budgeted pictures for them. He complied, and many of them became popular hits. The variety in the films was extensive; he would produce films that ranged in genre from western to sci-fi to teenage. He also put out a lot of them. In fact, in 1957 alone, he produced nine movies, some of which took only two or three days to create. Also, Corman had become involved in directing some of his features. The first of these was the western “Five Guns West” (1955), and he continued to direct about an eighth of the movies he produced.

In 1960, he produced and directed the cult classic “The Little Shop of Horrors”. It was a horror comedy about a floral shop assistant who invented a carnivorous plant that fed off of human blood. The movie took only two and a half days to construct, but was later spun off into a couple stage musicals and a remake. Because of the commercial success of many of his other pictures also, including “The Fast and the Furious” (1954) “The Beast With a Million Eyes” (1955), “Gunslinger” (1956), “The Undead” (1957), Jack Nicholson’s debut film “The Cry Baby Killer” (1958), and “Attack of the Giant Leeches” (1959), earned Corman the nickname “King of the Drive-In”. This fame furthermore enabled him to produce films with much larger budgets.

Soon after, Corman began to enter his most acclaimed period of work. He started adapting Edgar Allen Poe’s horror pieces into movies.  Corman adaptations of the author’s work include “House of Usher” (1960), “The Pit and the Pendulum” (1961), “The Premature Burial” (1962), “Tales of Terror” (1962), “The Raven” (1963), “The Haunted Palace” (1963), “The Masque of the Red Death” (1964), and “The Tomb of Ligeia” (1964). These movies featured a fair amount of up and coming filmmakers like Jack Hill, Jack Nicholson, Dennis Jakob, Monte Hellman, and Francis Ford Coppola. After the filming of “The Raven” (1963), the producer actually used the extra days he had of shooting time to create another picture, “The Terror” (1963). It followed some of the same basic principles of the Poe adaptation, but instead of ending with a fire, ended with a flood.

During this period he also shot “The Intruder” (1962), starring William Shatner. It focused on Shatner’s character, a southern racist, and his reaction to the desegregation occurring at the local school. While it fared well with critics, it did not do as well at the box office and became Corman’s first commercial flop. In 1966, he produced the first biker movie “The Wild Angels”. A year later, he released the psychedelic “The Trip” (1967), which starred and was written by Jack Nicholson. He next went to a production company, 20th Century Fox, to produce the gangster drama “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” (1967).

In the 1970's, Corman, upset over the extensive processes that occurred in major studios, formed New World Pictures. It rapidly became one of the United States’ largest independent motion picture distribution companies, providing such entertainment like “The Student Nurses” (1970), “Gas-s-s-s!” (1970), “Big Bad Mama” (1974), “Death Race 2000” (1975), “Grand Theft Auto” (1977), and “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” (1979). He also acted as the American distributer for foreign films such as Ingmar’s “Cries and Whispers” (1972), Federico Fellini’s “Amarcord” (1974), and Volker Schlöndorff’s “The Tin Drum” (1979). In 1983, Corman chose to sell New World Pictures so that he could continue producing films without having to deal with a large and growing distribution business. A day after selling his company, he announced the development of his new venture, Concord/New Horizons. His new production company put out exploitation films that exploded with violence and sex like “Moving Violations” (1985), “Sorority House Massacre” (1986), “Summer Camp Nightmare” (1986), and “Stripped to Kill” (1987). He also produced a string of martial arts and horror flicks that were poorly created and unoriginal. Only a few of the titles Corman produced around this time actually had some merit. Some of these films include “Bloodfist” (1989) and “Not of This Earth” (1988).

In 1990, Corman made a surprise return to his directing career with “Frankenstein Unbound” (1990), but that was his final effort as director. In his more recent years, he actually became involved in front of the camera. While he appeared as extras in some of his early works like “Monster From the Ocean Floor” (1954) and “Blood Bath” (1966), more recently he has appeared in larger productions like “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991), “Philadelphia” (1993), “Apollo 13” (1995), “Scream 3” (2000), as well as others. He still continued to produce films, however, and is to this day involved in the production of many features. He has expanded, though, and now includes television shows and movies in his repertoire. So far he has produced almost four hundred pieces and directed over fifty films. His most recent production work includes the pictures “Road Raiders” (2011) and “Stealing Las Vegas” (2011), in addition to the TV movie “Piranhaconda” (2011).

For his work, he has received an Honorary Academy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as numerous other honors from associations not limited to the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, American Cinema Editors, Eyegore Awards, and Society of Camera Operators. He will most importantly, though, always be remembered as one of the only filmmakers that has achieved greatness without spending his entire wallet. You can read Corman’s story in his autobiography “How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood without Spending a Dime” (1990).


2011       Piranhaconda

2011       Stealing Las Vegas

2011       Road Raiders

2010       Sharktopus 

2010       Dinocroc vs. Supergator 

2010       Dinoshark

2010       When Life Gives You Lemons 

2009       Splatter

2008       Rachel Getting Married

2008       Cyclops 

2008       Death Race

2007       Searchers 2.0

2007       Supergator

2007       Cry of the Winged Serpent

2006       Scorpius Gigantus 

2006       The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point 

2006       The Hunt for Eagle One 

2006       Saurian

2005       Bloodfist 2050 

2005       Asphalt Wars

2004       The Manchurian Candidate

2004       Dinocroc 

2004       Rage and Discipline

2003       Looney Tunes: Back in Action

2003       Barbarian 

2003       Operation Balikatan

2003       Firefight

2003       When Eagles Strike

2002       Slaughter Studios 

2002       Shakedown

2002       Sting of the Black Scorpion 

2002       Wolfhound 

2002       Escape from Afghanistan 

2002       My Brother's War 

2001       Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song

2001       Raptor 

2001       The Arena 

2001       Avalanche Alley 

2001       Black Scorpion 

2001       A Girl, Three Guys, and a Gun 

2001       Hard As Nails

2000       Scream 3 

2000       The Doorway 

2000       Up Against Amanda

2000       Kyoko

2000       Aladdin and the Adventure of All Time 

2000       Moving Target 

2000       Dangerous Curves 

2000       Nightfall 

2000       The Suicide Club 

1999       The Practice 

1999       The White Pony 

1999       The Haunting of Hell House 

1999       The Phantom Eye

1999       Born Bad 

1999       The Prophet 

1999       Stray Bullet 

1999       Desert Thunder 

1999       Shadow Dancer

1999       Don't Sleep Alone 

1999       Cybermaster 

1999       Shepherd 

1999       Knocking on Death's Door

1999       Star Portal

1999       The Protector

1999       Enemy Action 

1998       Club Vampire 

1998       Black Thunder

1998       A Very Unlucky Leprechaun

1998       Alien Avengers II

1998       Criminal Affairs

1998       Watchers Reborn 

1998       Detonator

1998       Termination Man

1998       Hard Rock'n 

1998       Running Woman

1997       The Second Civil War  

1997       Future Fear

1997       Death Game 

1997       Inferno

1997       The Haunted Sea

1997       Spacejacked 

1997       Time Under Fire

1997       Alien Avengers 

1997       Under Oath 

1997       Starquest II

1997       The Unspeakable

1997       Falling Fire 

1997       Not of This Earth 

1997       Black Scorpion II: Aftershock

1997       Macon County Jail 

1997       The Sea Wolf 

1997       Eruption 

1997       Overdrive 

1996       Carnosaur 3: Primal Species 

1996       Vampirella 

1996       Humanoids from the Deep 

1996       Baby Face Nelson

1996       Inhumanoid 

1996       House of the Damned

1996       Black Rose of Harlem 

1996       The Flight of the Dove 

1996       Bloodfist VIII: Trained to Kill

1996       Bio-Tech Warrior 

1996       Rumble in the Streets

1996       Ladykiller 

1996       Subliminal Seduction 

1996       Marquis de Sade 

1996       Last Exit to Earth  

1995       Apollo 13  

1995       Droid Gunner

1995       One Night Stand 

1995       Bloodfist VII: Manhunt 

1995       Piranha

1995       Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure 

1995       Alien Terminator

1995       A Bucket of Blood 

1995       Black Scorpion 

1995       Twisted Love 

1995       Virtual Seduction 

1995       Sawbones 

1995       The Alien Within 

1995       Suspect Device

1995       Dillinger and Capone

1995       Carnosaur 2 

1995       Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero 

1995       Hellfire 

1995       The Wasp Woman 

1995       Where Evil Lies

1995       Caged Heat 3000

1995       Terminal Virus 

1995       Captain Nuke and the Bomber Boys 

1995       The Crazysitter 

1995       Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds

1995       Burial of the Rats 

1995       Not Like Us 

1994       Runaway Daughters

1994       Watchers III

1994       In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful

1994       Stranglehold 

1994       No Dessert, Dad, Till You Mow the Lawn

1994       Cheyenne Warrior

1994       Reflections on a Crime 

1994       The Unborn II 

1994       Dinosaur Island

1994       Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III 

1994       One Man Army 

1994       Caroline at Midnight

1994       Bloodfist V: Human Target

1994       New Crime City 

1994       Revenge of the Red Baron 

1994       Saturday Night Special

1994       Demon Keeper 

1994       Angel of Destruction

1994       The Fantastic Four 

1993       Philadelphia 

1993       Body Bags 

1993       Fire on the Amazon 

1993       Dragon Fire

1993       Little Miss Millions

1993       Live by the Fist 

1993       Carnosaur 

1993       Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon

1993       Angelfist 

1993       Stepmonster

1993       To Sleep with a Vampire 

1993       Dracula Rising 

1993       Kill Zone 

1993       Blackbelt II

1993       The Liars' Club 

1993       The Skateboard Kid

1992       Bloodfist IV: Die Trying 

1992       Crisis in the Kremlin 

1992       Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger 

1992       Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back 

1992       Quake 

1992       Munchie

1992       Body Waves

1992       Blackbelt 

1992       Dance with Death

1992       In the Heat of Passion 

1992       Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight 

1992       The Berlin Conspiracy 

1992       Raiders of the Sun 

1992       Beyond the Call of Duty

1992       Ultraviolet 

1992       Final Embrace

1991       The Silence of the Lambs

1991       Future Kick 

1991       To Die Standing

1991       Deathstalker IV: Match of Titans

1991       Kiss Me a Killer 

1991       Curse of the Crystal Eye

1991       The Unborn 

1991       Dead Space 

1991       The Terror Within II

1991       Dune Warriors 

1991       Immortal Sins 

1991       Killer Instinct

1991       Battle Gear 

1990       Frankenstein Unbound

1990       Bloodfist II 

1990       Full Fathom Five 

1990       Slumber Party Massacre III 

1990       Watchers II 

1990       Schweitzer 

1990       Ultra Warrior

1990       Overexposed

1990       The Haunting of Morella 

1990       Streets 

1990       Sorority House Massacre II 

1990       Play Murder for Me 

1989       Last Stand at Lang Mei 

1989       Heroes Stand Alone 

1989       Transylvania Twist 

1989       Back to Back

1989       Ministry of Vengeance 

1989       Masque of the Red Death 

1989       Bloodfist 

1989       Under the Boardwalk

1989       Lords of the Deep 

1989       Dance of the Damned 

1989       Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II

1989       Crime Zone 

1989       The Terror Within

1989       Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls 

1989       Primary Target

1989       Time Trackers 

1989       Hollywood Boulevard II 

1989       Silk 2 

1988       Watchers 

1988       Emmanuelle 6 

1988       Beach Balls 

1988       Not of This Earth 

1988       Daddy's Boys 

1988       The Drifter

1988       Apprentice to Murder 

1988       Saigon Commandos 

1988       The New Gladiators

1988       Andy Colby's Incredible Adventure 

1988       The Lawless Land 

1988       Two to Tango 

1988       Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell

1987       Deathstalker II 

1987       Big Bad Mama II 

1987       Slumber Party Massacre II 

1987       Summer Camp Nightmare 

1987       Munchies 

1987       Stripped to Kill

1987       Sweet Revenge 

1987       Beyond Therapy 

1987       Hour of the Assassin 

1986       The Devastator

1986       Sorority House Massacre

1986       Amazons 

1986       Vendetta

1986       Mountaintop Motel Massacre 

1986       Chopping Mall 

1986       Shadow Play 

1986       House 

1986       Eye of the Eagle

1985       Naked Vengeance 

1985       Barbarian Queen 

1985       Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 

1985       School Spirit 

1985       Cocaine Wars

1984       Swing Shift  

1984       Oddballs 

1983       Suburbia 

1983       White Star 

1983       Deathstalker 

1983       Space Raiders 

1983       Love Letters

1982       The State of Things 

1982       Android 

1982       Forbidden World

1982       Sorceress 

1981       Galaxy of Terror 

1981       Smokey Bites the Dust

1981       The Howling 

1981       The Territory 

1980       The Georgia Peaches 

1980       Battle Beyond the Stars 

1980       Humanoids from the Deep 

1979       Galaxy Express 999: The Signature Edition

1979       Rock 'n' Roll High School 

1979       The Lady in Red 

1979       Up from the Depths 

1979       Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider

1979       Saint Jack 

1979       Screamers 

1978       Outside Chance 

1978       The Bees 

1978       Avalanche

1978       Piranha 

1978       Deathsport

1977       The Godfather: A Novel for Television  

1977       The Ransom 

1977       Ilsa the Tigress of Siberia 

1977       Thunder and Lightning 

1977       I Never Promised You a Rose Garden 

1977       Grand Theft Auto 

1976       Cannonball!

1976       Moving Violation 

1976       Fighting Mad 

1976       Eat My Dust 

1976       Jackson County Jail 

1976       Hollywood Boulevard 

1975       Death Race 2000 

1975       Capone

1974       The Godfather: Part II

1974       Big Bad Mama

1974       Cockfighter 

1974       Down and Dirty Duck

1974       Candy Stripe Nurses

1974       Caged Heat 

1974       T.N.T. Jackson 

1974       The Arena

1973       Tender Loving Care 

1973       I Escaped from Devil's Island 

1973       Savage!

1973       The Twilight People

1973       Sweet Kill

1972       The Dirt Gang

1972       The Unholy Rollers

1972       The Big Bird Cage 

1972       The Hot Box  

1972       Boxcar Bertha

1972       The Final Comedown

1972       Night of the Cobra Woman 

1972       The Cremators 

1972       Night Call Nurses 

1971       Women in Cages 

1971       The Velvet Vampire

1971       Angels Hard as They Come

1971       Private Duty Nurses 

1971       The Big Doll House 

1971       The Beast of the Yellow Night 

1970       The Student Nurses 

1970       Scream of the Demon Lover 

1970       Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.

1970       Angels Die Hard 

1970       Bloody Mama 

1970       The Dunwich Horror

1969       Naked Angels 

1968       Targets

1968       The Wild Racers

1968       The Shooting 

1968       Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

1967       The Trip 

1967       The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 

1967       Devil's Angels 

1966       The Navy vs. the Night Monsters 

1966       The Wild Angels 

1966       Queen of Blood 

1966       Blood Bath 

1965       Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

1965       Ride in the Whirlwind 

1964       The Masque of the Red Death 

1963       Dementia 13

1963       X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes 

1963       The Haunted Palace 

1963       The Terror

1963       The Raven 

1963       Operacija Ticijan 

1963       The Young Racers 

1962       Tales of Terror 

1962       The Intruder 

1962       The Broken Land 

1962       Premature Burial 

1962       Battle Beyond the Sun 

1961       Pit and the Pendulum 

1961       Creature from the Haunted Sea 

1961       Atlas 

1960       Last Woman on Earth 

1960       The Little Shop of Horrors 

1960       House of Usher 

1960       Ski Troop Attack 

1960       Battle of Blood Island 

1959       Attack of the Giant Leeches 

1959       The Wasp Woman

1959       Beast from Haunted Cave 

1959       A Bucket of Blood 

1959       T-Bird Gang 

1959       High School Big Shot 

1958       The Brain Eaters 

1958       Night of the Blood Beast 

1958       Hot Car Girl 

1958       The Cry Baby Killer 

1958       Teenage Cave Man

1958       Machine-Gun Kelly 

1958       War of the Satellites 

1958       Stakeout on Dope Street 

1958       I Mobster 

1957       The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent 

1957       Sorority Girl

1957       Teenage Doll 

1957       Rock All Night 

1957       The Undead 

1957       Attack of the Crab Monsters

1957       Not of This Earth 

1957       Carnival Rock 

1957       Naked Paradise 

1956       It Conquered the World 

1956       Gunslinger

1956       The Oklahoma Woman 

1955       Day the World Ended 

1955       Apache Woman 

1955       The Beast with a Million Eyes 

1955       Five Guns West 

1955       The Fast and the Furious 

1954       Monster from the Ocean Floor

1954       Highway Dragnet  

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