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Roger  Corman

producer Roger Corman, wearing yellow sweater          short profile

movies of Roger Corman

Corman's companies

books by Roger Corman
other works by Roger Corman

works about Roger Corman

friends & family


"[Roger Corman's] influence on modern American cinema is almost incalculable." — J. Riddle

"In science-fiction films, the monster should always be bigger than the leading lady."
— Roger Corman

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Roger William Corman
Nicknames: 'King of the Bs' and the 'godfather of independent movie-making'
He sold his first script in 1953, "The House in the Sea" which was eventually filmed and released as "Highway Dragnet" [1954].
Corman used his third picture, the original version of "The Fast and the Furious" [1955], to finagle a multi-picture deal with a fledgling company called American Releasing. It would soon change its name to American International Pictures (AIP), and, with Corman as its major talent behind the camera, become one of the most successful independent studios in cinema history.
With no formal training, Corman first took to the director's chair with "Five Guns West" [1955], and over the next 15 years he directed 53 films, mostly for A.I.P.

Roger Corman entry at Wikipedia
Roger Corman credits [since 1954] at Internet Movie Database

star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1991, at 7013 Hollywood Blvd.  received Honorary Oscar statuette in 2009 'for his rich engendering of films and filmmakers'   received Honorary Oscar statuette in 2010     Roger Corman received
Honorary Oscars in 2009 & 2010

He also has received
a retrospective at the Cinémathèque Française, 1964
the President's Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1984
Life Career Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, 1988
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Stockholm Film Festival, 1990
a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1991
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Raindance Film Festival, 1996
Career Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn., 1996
Golden Eddie Filmmaker of The Year Award from American Cinema Editors, 1997
Lifetime Achievement Award from Casting Society of America, 1997
Lifetime Achievement Award at the Florida Film Festival, 1997
Time-Machine Honorary Award at the Sitges-Catalonia International Film Festival, 1998
the first-ever Producer’s Award at the Cannes Film Festival, 1998
Independent Filmmaker Award at the Malibu Film Festival, 1999
Independent Spirit Award from the Empire Awards, U.K. in 2004
Governors' Award from the Society of Camera Operators, 2004
Lifetime Achievement Award at the New York City Horror Film Festival, 2005
P.G.A. Lifetime Achievement Award in Motion Pictures, 2006
induction into Fangoria Magazine's Horror Hall of Fame at the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards, 2009
and induction into the Beverly Hills High School Hall of Fame, 2010

Movies  of  Roger Corman
Roger Corman credits [since 1954] at Internet Movie Database
Roger Corman Filmography page at Wikipedia

Films of Roger Corman book by Ed Naha  "The Films of Roger Corman: Brilliance On A Budget" [1982]
by Ed Naha

Arco Publng 11x8½ pb [9/82] out of print/many used
Olympic Marketing pb [1984] out of print/many used
Arco Publng 11¼x8¾ hardcover [9/82] out of print/used
Arco Publng hardcover [9/82] out of print/used
Films of Roger Corman book by Alan G. Frank  "The Films of Roger Corman: Shooting My Way Out of Trouble" [1998]
by Alan Frank

"The incredible history of Hollywood's greatest maverick, Roger Croman - the director, producer, teacher, hustler"
B.T. Batsford 9¾x7½ pb [10/98] out of print/used
Poe Films of Roger Corman book by by David del Valle & Sam Umland  "Burning Down The House: The Poe Films of Roger Corman" [2011]
by David Del Valle & Sam Umland

Film historian David Del Valle and Prof. Sam Umland (University of Nebraska) have constructed a film-by-film analysis of Roger Corman's Poe films, including the Poe-inspired films made after Corman left A.I.P.
Tomahawk Press pb [8/00] for $30.00
David Del Valle's homepage at Films In Review

Roger Corman Classics Gift Set DVD box set  "Roger Corman Classics Gift Set" DVD Box Set [2003]
New Concorde color DVD set [9/2003] out of prodn/used
contains 4 feature films: "Death Race 2000" [1975] starring David Carradine & Sylvester Stallone; "Hollywood Boulevard" [1976] starring Candice Rialson; "Piranha" [1978]; and "Rock 'n' Roll High School" [1979] featuring The Ramones
Roger Corman Collection DVD box set  "The Roger Corman Collection" DVD Box Set [2007]
M.G.M. Home Video widescreen DVD set [9/2007] 4 disks for $26.99
"Crazed hooligans! Red-hot babes! High-speed thrills! Debauchery!"; contains 8 feature films: "A Bucket of Blood" [1959]; "The Premature Burial" [1962] starring Ray Milland; "The Young Racers" [1963]; "X" [1963] starring Ray Milland & Don Rickles; "The Wild Angels" biker movie [1966] starring Peter Fonda; "The Trip" [1967] starring Peter Fonda; "Bloody Mama" [1970] starring Shelley Winters; and "Gas-s-s" [1971]
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"I, Mobster" director [1958]

"War of The Satellites" director [1958]

"Machine-Gun Kelly" director [1958]

"A Bucket of Blood" director [1959]

"The Wasp Woman" director [1960]

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "House of Usher" director [1960]

"The Little Shop of Horrors" director [1960]
"Little Shop of Horrors: A New Musical" []

"Last Woman On Earth" director [1960]

"Atlas" director [1961]

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "The Pit and The Pendulum" director [1961] starring Vincent Price

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "The Premature Burial" director [1962] starring Ray Milland

"Tower of London" director [1962]

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "Tales of Terror" [1962] starring Vincent Price

"The Young Racers" director [1963] /tt0057706/

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "The Raven" director [1963] starring Vincent Price

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "The Haunted Palace" [1963] starring Vincent Price

"The Terror" director [1963] starring Boris Karloff

"X" [1963] starring Ray Milland & Don Rickles

"Dementia 13" directed by Francis Ford Coppola [1963]

one of Corman's Poe Series films  "The Masque of The Red Death" [1964] starring Vincent Price

one of Corman's Poe Series films   "The Tomb of Ligeia" [1964] starring Vincent Price

"The Wild Angels" 'biker movie' [1966] /tt0061189/
starring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd

"The St. Valentine's Day Massacre" director [1967]
movie novelization by Boris O'Hara (Author), Howard Browne (Contributor)

"The Trip" director [1967] /tt0062395/
starring Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Susan Strasberg, Bruce Dern
Written by Jack Nicholson, starring

"Targets" directed by Peter Bogdanovich [1968]

"Bloody Mama" director [1970] /tt0065481/
starring Shelley Winters, Robert De Niro, Don Stroud

"Von Richthofen and Brown" director [1971]

"Gas-s-s" [1971] = last film for A.I.P.

"Boxcar Bertha" directed by Martin Scorsese [1972]

"Caged Heat" [1974]directed by Jonathan Demme

"Cockfighter" [1974]directed by Monte Hellman

"Death Race 2000" [1975] directed by Paul Bartel
starring David Carradine & Sylvester Stallone

"Fighting Mad" [1976]directed by Jonathan Demme

"Hollywood Boulevard" [1976] starring Candice Rialson

"Grand Theft Auto" [1977]directed by Ron Howard

"Piranha" [1978] directed by Joe Dante

"Rock 'n' Roll High School" [1979]
directed by Allan Arkush, featuring The Ramones

Battle Beyond The Stars movie from Roger Corman  "Battle Beyond The Stars" [New World Pictures Sept 1980]
A rather faithful adaptation of "Seven Samurai" [1954], except that it is on the distant planet Akir. This typical low-budget Corman feature is notable mostly for the 'watershed' nature of the film: John Sayles (script), James Cameron (SFX), James Horner (music), Gale Anne Hurd (asst. P.M.), and actor Richard Thomas all went on to bigger projects. Produced by Roger Corman; directed by Jimmy T. Murakami; script by John Sayles & Anne Dyer; starring Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Darlanne Fluegel, Sybil Danning, Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey & Morgan Woodward
New Concorde color DVD [2/2001] for $19.35
New Concorde color VHS [2/2001] for $22.79
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Galaxy of Terror" [1981] directed by Bruce D. Clark

"Forbidden World" [1982] directed by Allan Holzman

"Sweet Revenge" ]1987] directed by Mark Sobel

"Frankenstein Unbound" director [1990]

"Hellfire" [1994]

"A Bucket of Blood" remake [1995]
directed by Michael James McDonald

"Dinocroc" []
novel by Roger Corman (Jan 25, 2005) /1416504036/

"Sharktopus" [2010] directed by Declan O'Brien

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eight more of Corman's Poe Series films  Poe Film Remakes [New Horizons Productions 2013-2016]  
Announced 12/2012: 'B-movie King' Roger Corman is making new versions of eight low-budget horror films that he adapted & directed in the 1950s and 1960s. Each is based on a story by XIXth-Century American writer Edgar Allan Poe. "House of Usher" will be followed by "The Pit and The Pendulum", "Premature Burial", "Tales of Terror", "The Raven", "The Haunted Palace", "The Masque of The Red Death", and "The Tomb of Ligeia". This time, 86-year-old Corman will produce but not direct the films; the plan is to film two movies per year on budgets of $2-2.5 million, self-financed by Corman • not yet listed at IMDb

Corman's  Companies

"A.I.P. (American International Pictures)
Founded 1955, renamed 1956, closed 1980; Corman was their 'anchor' producer 1956-59 and 1962-71

"Filmgroup [1959-62] co-founded with his brother Gene

"New World Pictures [founded 1970, sold 1983]

"Concorde Pictures [founded 1983]
"Concorde-New Horizons video distribution
"New Concorde [C.N.H. renamed in 2000]

"New Horizons Pictures Corp. [1983 to present]

"American International Pictures: Twenty-Five Years" [1979]
from Museum of Modern Art
New York City MoMA exhibition catalog pb [1979] out of print/scarce

Fast and Furious, Story of American International Pictures book by Mark Thomas McGee   "Fast and Furious: The Story of American International Pictures" [1984]
by Mark Thomas McGee

McFarland & Co. hardcover [8/84] out of print/used
"Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures" [1995]
McFarland & Co. pb [10/2011] for $30.00  
McFarland & Co. 10x7 hardcover [12/95] out of print/used
It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures TV docufilm  "It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures"
[American Movie Classics May 2001]

60-minute TV docufilm narrated by Peter Bogdanovich and featuring founders Samuel Z. Arkoff & James H. Nicholson, and Roger Corman, Dick Dale, Joe Dante, Bruce Dern, Roger Ebert, Beverly Garland, Pam Grier, Susan Hart, Aron Kincaid, author Mark Thomas McGee & Dick Miller
video/DVD/Blu-ray not available • credits at IMDb
American International Pictures Video Guide book by Gary A. Smith  
"The American International Pictures Filmography & Video Guide" [2009]
by Gary Allen Smith, Foreword by Mark Thomas McGee

McFarland & Co. 10x7 hardcover [5/2009] for $55.00
The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures book by Christopher Koetting  "Mind Warp! The Fantastic True Story of Roger Corman's New World Pictures" [2009] by Christopher T. Koetting
Hemlock Books Ltd. 9¼x6¼ pb [9/2009] out of print/used

Books  by  Roger Corman

autobiography "How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost A Dime" [7/1990]

"Roger Corman: Interviews (Sep 2011) by Roger Corman

"All I Need To Know About Filmaking I Learned From The Toxic Avenger" []
by Lloyd Kaufman, Introduction by Roger Corman ()

Other  Works  by  Roger Corman

Works  About  Roger Corman

Movie World of Roger Corman book edited by J. Philip di Franco  "The Movie World of Roger Corman" [1979]
Edited by J. Philip di Franco

Chelsea House Publrs pb [11/79] out of print/used
Chelsea House Publrs 11¼x8½ hardcover [11/79] out of print/used

"Roger Corman (Twayne's Filmmakers Series)" [1985] by Gary Morris
Twayne Publng hardcover [10/85] out of print/used

Roger Corman, Best of The Cheap Acts book by Mark Thomas McGee  
"Roger Corman: The Best of The Cheap Acts" [1988]
by Mark Thomas McGee

McFarland & Co. pb [10/2011] for $25.00
McFarland & Co. 9½x6¼ library hardcover [7/88] out of print/used
A.F.I. Directors Profiles: Roger Corman on DVD  "A.F.I. Directors Profiles: Roger Corman" [Encore Feb 1999]
Wellspring 60-minute color DVD [2/2002] out of prodn/used
Winstar 60-minute color VHS [2/2002] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDb

"Roger Corman (Pocket Essential series) (2003) by Mark Whitehead

"Roger Corman: Blood-Sucking Vampires, Flesh-Eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers (Dec 2003) by Beverly Gray

"Roger Corman: Metaphysics On A Shoestring" (Feb 2006) by Alain Silver and James Ursini

Roger Corman’s World docufilm by Alex Stapleton  "Corman’s World: Exploits of A Hollywood Rebel" [Anchor Bay 2011]
A&E IndieFilms acquired TV rights in January 2011; co-written & directed by Alex Stapleton; featuring Corman alumni Peter Bogdanovich, David Carradine, Julie Corman, Robert De Niro, Jonathan Demme, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Monte Hellman, Ron Howard, Gale Anne Hurd, Traci Lords, Jack Nicholson, John Sayles, Martin Scorsese, Penelope Spheeris & Mary Woronov
Anchor Bay widescreen color Blu-ray [3/2012] for $12.99
Anchor Bay widescreen color DVD [3/2012] for $8.99
full credits at IMDbofficial movie site
red 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $5.79
yellow 11"x17" poster from Amazon for $5.79

Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen & Candy Stripe Nurses book by Chris Nashawaty  "Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Candy Stripe Nurses:   
Roger Corman, King of The B Movie" [2013]
by Chris Nashawaty, Introduction by John Landis

Harry N. Abrams 11x8 hardcover [9/2013] for $22.27

Friends  &  Family

brother Gene Corman

wife Julie Halloran Corman, married December 1970 to present
four children father of Catherine Corman

The 'Corman Film School'
Among those that Corman mentored in the 1960s and 1970s are:
Peter Bogdanovich, on "Targets" [1968]
actress Sandra Bullock
James Cameron, SFX on "Battle Beyond The Stars" [1980]
actor David Carradine
Francis Ford Coppola, on "Dementia 13" [1963]
Joe Dante, in "Piranha" [1978]
actor Robert De Niro
Jonathan Demme, on "Caged Heat" [1974]
actor Bruce Dern
actress Angie Dickinson
Monte Hellman, on "Cockfighter" [1974]
composer James Horner, music on "Battle Beyond The Stars" [1980]
Ron Howard, "Grand Theft Auto" [1977]
Gale Anne Hurd, asst. P.M. on "Battle Beyond The Stars" [1980]
actor Tommy Lee Jones
producer Brad Krevoy
Jack Nicholson
John Sayles, co-wrote script of "Battle Beyond The Stars" [1980]
Martin Scorsese, on "Boxcar Bertha" [1972]
actor William Shatner, in "The Intruder" [1962]
actor Sylvester Stallone
producer Andrew Stevens
and actor Richard Thomas, in "Battle Beyond The Stars" [1980]

L i n k s
Roger Corman entry at Wikipedia
Roger Corman credits [since 1954] at Internet Movie Database
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