by Ryan Lambie.
Filmmaker Roger Corman has nurtured some incredible creative talent, including the following directors…
It’s arguable that Roger Corman is the most influential and important filmmaker to have emerged in late 20th century America. Years before Hollywood got in on the act with its expensive treatment of B-movie ideas – see Jaws, Star Wars and Alien – Corman was directing and producing similarly high-concept pictures with almost no money.
From his first picture, Monster From The Ocean Floor in 1954, Corman specialised in a brand of filmmaking that was vivacious, creative and often very funny – sometimes for the wrong reasons, but also because of their incisiveness – 1959’s A Bucket Of Blood is an extremely sharp satire of pretentious artists as well as a wickedly fun horror movie.
If he’d only stuck to directing, Corman would still be renowned for his cycle of 60s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, with their saturated colours and swooning performances, whose style and atmosphere appeared to strike a chord with filmmakers over in Italy, such as Mario Bava and later Dario Argento. The Masque Of The Red Death (1964) also featured the cinematography of Nicolas Roeg, who would go on to direct Performance, Walkabout, Don’t Look Now and The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Aside from his personal filmmaking achievements, Corman’s ability to spot young filmmaking talent in the rough is perhaps his greatest legacy. Although he’s remained faithful to his B-movie roots, and is still producing a long-running cycle of hybrid monster movies with names like Sharktopus and Piranhaconda, some of America’s greatest filmmakers have emerged beneath Corman’s wing. And here are a few of them…
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