Roger Corman in The Godfather Part II
Today is a very special day! It’s Roger Corman’s 92nd birthday!
Here at the Shattered Lens, we traditionally celebrate this day with a special edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers! Below, you’ll find the trailers for 12 films that were either directed by, produced by, or distributed by the legendary Roger Corman!
- Five Guns West (1955)
This western was the first film that Roger Corman was credited with directing.
2. The Day The World Ended (1955)
Though Corman worked in almost every type of film genre imaginable, he’s probably best remembered for his science fiction and horror films. This was one of the first of them.
3. Machine Gun Kelly (1958)
Along with westerns and sci-fi films, Corman also directed several gangster classics. Machine Gun Kelly is remembered as one of his best.
4. The Intruder (1962)
Corman was an exploitation filmmaker with a conscience. At a time when other films were avoiding social issues, Corman dove right in with challenging films like The Intruder.
5. The Terror (1963)
Corman was famous for his ability to spot new talent. His 1963 film The Terror starred a then unknown actor named Jack Nicholson.
6. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
In the 60s, Corman was also well-known for his Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, the majority of which starred Vincent Price. With these colorful and flamboyant films, Corman showed himself to be a pop artist at heart.
7. Boxcar Bertha (1972)
In the 70s, Corman moved away from directing and focused on producing. His ability to spot talent undiminished, Corman helped to launch the careers of the some of the important directors of all time. In 1972, he hired a young director named Martin Scorsese to direct Boxcar Bertha.
8. Cries and Whispers (1973)
While Corman was producing exploitation films, he was also distributing “difficult” foreign-language films that might otherwise have never been seen in an American theater. In 1973, he distributed this classic Ingmar Bergman film. Cries and Whispers was nominated for best picture of the year, losing to The Sting.
9. Caged Heat (1974)
Jonathan Demme was another director who got his start directing Corman-produced films like Caged Heat. Demme would later thank Corman by casting him in several of his films, including the 1991 Best Picture winner, The Silence of the Lambs.
10. Piranha (1978)
Piranha was one of Corman’s biggest hits as a producer.
11. Carnosaur (1993)
With Carnosaur, Corman showed that you didn’t need a lot of money to bring dinosaurs back to life.
12. Dinocroc vs Supergater (2010)
Corman has continued to produce films in the 21st century. Films like Dinocroc vs Supergator not only won him legions of new fans but they also paved the way for films like Sharkando.
Happy birthday, Roger Corman!