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Old 05-11-24, 09:08 PM
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Re: Legendary B movie producer Roger Corman dead at 98

Sad. He really did a service to the film industry by allowing young talent an opportunity.

RIP
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Lived a full life, glad he got to see his work being celebrated rather than just overlooked.
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RIP to a real giant. Such a huge influence, and he always seemed just as pleased as punch in every interview I ever saw him in! He lived a good long life.
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RIP to a film legend.
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RIP

I saw part of the thread and worried it might be him and it was.
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His low-budget trash movies were good enough for repeat viewing.
I really enjoyed them over the years.
My favorite was THE UNDEAD.
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In some ways a more influential figure on modern films and filmmaking than dozens of Oscar-winning directors.
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Loved listening to him talk film. Soothing voice.
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One of my favorite guilty pleasures of his from the 90s was the Jurassic Park rip-off Carnosaur. It spawned 2 sequels.


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RIP! So many great genre movies and they werenít all no-budget by any means.

I think I have a soft spot for Battle Beyond The Stars which I saw a million times on TV back in the day and the delightfully cheesy Starcrash, the rare movie I saw on MST3K first and had to seek out the original.
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Didn't realize he was already 98.

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Many years ago I was walking around on the exhibit floor at San Diego comic-con. Suddenly there was Roger at a booth. He wasn't a guest of SDCC so I was surprised seeing him and wasn't prepared. Wasn't much of a line so went up to say hello. Can't remember why he was at that booth.

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A legend in the industry ... he'll be missed.

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I recommend viewing the Corman's World doc if you've never seen it.

I also noticed the obituary and statement from the family doesn't include his two sons. I know there was a lawsuit about the sale of the library... but damn.
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This thread should have dozens of posts, the man was a film legend. Iím having trouble thinking of another person still living who was quite so influential in shaping where movies went - even people like Scorsese and Coppola started in his mentorship. But boy, did he leave us an amazing heap of movies to enjoy.
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Corman was the producer of one of my favorite Fatal Attraction rip offs called Body Chemistry. There was 4 movies and they are very hard to find on discs.
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I admit to being a pretty late bloomer to Corman. When I first heard his name in the mid-90s, it was courtesy of a series on Showtime called "Roger Corman presents" which were Z-Grade, Troma-esque mini-movies. I thought he directed them all, but it turns out it was all younger filmmakers who were involved with that. As the years passed, I still only associated his name as "Producer Only" for trashy/sleazy product (Via VHS rentals such as Caged Heat & Death Race 2000), but it wasn't until the mid-2000s when I finally checked out his directorial efforts, and dare I say, I was quite blown away by how much of a competent director he turned out to be (House of Usher, Bucket of Blood, Masque of the Red Death, The Intruder)

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Loved listening to him talk film. Soothing voice.
And to this day, I still don't think I've ever finished his commentary for The Trip because his incredibly relaxing voice keeps knocking me out.

Lastly, let's not forget his two Best Picture cameos:

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The Little Shop of Horrors is superb.
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I knew this was coming, but I'm still devastated by it. I watched Unholy Rollers last night as a tribute, it seemed fitting as I heard the news right after I refereed two roller derby bouts.

I too saw Corman at Comic-Con, but maybe not the same year as TomOpus because he did speak at a panel. Among the many, many entertaining stories he told that afternoon, the one that sticks with me is when he mentioned writing his autobiography, and the publisher selected the title "How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime". Roger didn't like the title at all, and he called the publisher. He said it wasn't true, that several movies he made indeed lost money. The publisher said, "Yeah, but is the title of every one of your movies an accurate description of what happens in it?"
Roger said, "I thought about it a second, then said, 'OK, you can use that title'"

My personal hero. I'm gonna miss him.
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I met him 2019. Was shocked to learn he was in his 90s then. Guy was spry both physically and mentally. Could recall minute details from working Vincent Price in the 60s. True legend.
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I met him 2019. Was shocked to learn he was in his 90s then. Guy was spry both physically and mentally. Could recall minute details from working Vincent Price in the 60s. True legend.
His mind was sharp all the way to the end, which was quite the contrast from other famous people his age, where they're wheeled onto the stage at the Academy Awards and it's clear they have no idea what's going on. He was on The Last Drive In with Joe Bob Briggs just over a month ago (although I think it was actually recorded late last year) and he knew all the details on Bucket of Blood, and had story after story from his filmmaking days (which pretty much continued all the way to his passing anyway).

We lost a true American treasure this weekend.
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I recommend viewing the Corman's World doc if you've never seen it.
This is an excellent documentary, and Iíd highly recommend pairing it with Mark Hartleyís equally revealing MACHETE MAIDENS UNLEASHED, in which Corman and many of his usual suspects appear. Its about the Ďanything goesí atmosphere that exploded when American B-movie producers discovered how cheaply they could make movies in the Philippines from the 60ís to the 80ís, and easily more than half of the movies covered in it are Corman productions.

Approproarely enough, I suppose, I was in the process of digging through the Film Masters Blu-rays of Cormanís 50ís and 60ís Film Group productions when this news broke. Considering the shoddy history of these films throughout the entire home video era, and probably much of their theatrical lifespans, too, the restoration work on all of them in these sets is spectacular. The movies are what they are, but hopefully Corman was aware of these treatments before his passing.

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I really like his early Science Fiction movies that he directed, but haven't seen many of the later ones. His producing credits are massive, with a bunch of movies I've enjoyed over the years. It's awesome that he made it to 98. I hope he had a great life to go with his impressive legacy.

I just watched Barbarian Queen a couple weeks ago.
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Always loved hearing him talk about film. What an impact on the industry.
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