He’s kind of the KING of the B Movie and that title he wears well, even up through his producing days today. I think his greatest works were his 8 Edgar Allen Poe films (mostly written by great writer Richard Matheson). This month we’re going to look at four of them: The Raven (1963), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), House of Usher (1960), and finally The Masque of the Red Death (1964).
Corman was also very influential. He directed the first Biker movie: The Wild Angels. He has directed notable actors from William Shatner in one of his earliest appearances (The Intruder) to Jack Nicholson (The Little Shop of Horrors). His production company was responsible for movies like: Women in Cages, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘N Roll High School, Galaxy of Terror, Children of the Corn, and Piranha.
One of his most influential contributions to the film industry had to be the distribution side of his production company which brought in foreign films to mass audiences by Bergman, Trauffat, Fellini, and Kurosawa. In a ten-year stretch, his studio won more Academy Awards for foreign films than ALL the other studios combined!
To date, Corman has produced over 300 movies and directed over 50. Modern viewers may be more familiar with his production of modern B films such as Dinoshark, Sharktopus, and Dinocroc vs. Supergator. Thanks for all the wonderful movies, Mr. Corman!