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A Titan Of Indie Film (Happy 94th Birthday Roger Corman!)



One of the all time greats of independent cinema, Roger Corman has been referred to as 'The Pope Of  Pop Cinema.' An actor, director, and producer (a role more comfortable to him by his own admission), his career spans decades, with films directed and produced by him either through the major studios or independently.
He's often recognized as giving many a high profile Hollywood artist their big break, with names like Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Diane Ladd, Bruce Dern, Sylvester Stallone, Dennis Hopper, and William Shatner (who just recently celebrated his 89th birthday) among them. And he's made some high profile cameos in films like "The Silence Of The Lambs," "The Godfather Part II," "Philadelphia," and "Apollo 13."
His films were basically B-Movie fare, but enjoyable. Leaving the pretense to the 'artists' and just giving moviegoers what they want...a great time at the theater.
He did, however, create a memorable collection of films based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, called The Poe Cycle.
A lot of his films over the years have made it to the public domain, and we film lovers are now easily exposed to his work. Over the years, I grew quite fond of his 1963 grind house horror film "The Terror," starring Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson. It's a fantastic film to watch during the Halloween season.
And in the '80's I grew up with the musical remake of "Little Shop Of Horrors." So naturally I had to go back to the original. It's safe to say that both films are weird and wonderful.
Not only has his body of work lasted for all this time, but we are BLESSED to have him here. Thank you for your contribution to film, Mr. Corman. We fans of the fantastical love you. And as a very underground horror filmmaker I owe you a life debt.







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