Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

Synopsis: A documentary on DIY producer/director Roger Corman and his alternative approach to making movies in Hollywood.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Stapleton
Production: Anchor Bay Films
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

In a filmmaking career

that has spanned over 30 years,

my next guest is the man responsible

for such cinematic classics

as "the house of Usher,"

"wild angels,"

"the monster

from the ocean floor,"

"the attack

of the crab monsters."

Please welcome Roger corman.

Low-budget movies in those days--

it wasn't like today.

Nobody was really trying

to make them good.

There was the real emphasis

on the price.

Roger corman has made more

than 200 motion pictures in his career,

most of them

for extremely low budget.

He's produced

around 150-175 films.

He made so many movies.

In 1957, he directed 10 movies.

Most people

don't get to do that.

He made 250 movies

and never lost a dime.

Okay, this is not

a $20-million movie.

You know, this is

a $1.98 science fiction movie.

We knew these were made

fast and cheap,

and we also knew that taste

was out of the question.

There was no need for taste.

The way Disney movies, you know,

bring out the child in all of us,

you know,

so can exploitation.

Sometimes he'll give the notes

right on the script

and you get little

marginal references like

"breast nudity possible here?"

Question mark.

The goal was, Roger said,

"every motorcycle that runs,

have it smash into something.

And then when it stops running,

blow it up."


He said, "your job,

if the cops come,

is to pick up the camera

and run."

I said, "we're in the middle

of the desert.

What do you mean,

there is no water?"

It's a Roger corman movie, you know.

There's no water.

You know, they kind of went

around the sound stage,

one take on everything.

That's just the way he worked.

You know, you didn't

argue with him.

And we were delighted

to be working.

It doesn't matter

if people are happy.

It doesn't matter if you have a permit.

None of it matters.

You know, the only thing that counts

is what you get inside the frame.

He's still around,

making pictures

in his 80s and he's--

i just saw him the other day.

He hasn't changed at all.

One, two, three.

And action!

One, two, three.

I'm in the water

with a giant creature on my arms...

...pumping blood out, chomping on

a beautiful girl in a bikini.

I mean, it's the essence

of Roger corman cinema.

Roger corman:

We feel that the monster

should kill somebody

fairly early

and then at regular intervals

through the picture.

The first kill should be

quite shocking.

The other kills can be

a little bit less shocking

as we build up.

And then of course the climax--

everything goes,

blood all over the screen.

Frances doel:
Roger had made

two previous movies

for the syfy channel

that did very well for them.

And he said, "okay, Frances,

it's 'dinoshark.'

you know what that is."

And of course I say,

"yes, I know what that is.

It's a giant shark."

"Yes, but not too much like 'jaws."'

"No, of course not."

- Woman:
122-Charlie, take three.

- Man:

Julie corman:

"Dinoshark" is about a shark

that is unloosed

because of global warming

from an avalanche

north of Alaska...

Eric balfour:

That's your killer.

It hasn't eaten

in 150 million years

and it's hungry.


...And somehow mysteriously

makes its way south

to puerto vallarta

and pretty much terrorizes

everybody and everything

in sight.

David carradine:

You know, that whole world

is just so different from

the "entertainment weekly" world

or the academy award world.

The golden globes

don't even hear about these things.

You know, these pictures--

they just go someplace else.

And there's an incredible

number of people

that want to see a picture

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