Roger Corman: Blood-sucking Vampires, Flesh-eating Cockroaches, and Driller Killers

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Thunder's Mouth Press, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 318 pages
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A pioneer of independent cinema, Roger Corman is a fascinating study in contrasts. As the original King of the Exploitation Film, he has filled his movies with images of blood-sucking vampires, rampaging biker gangs, vigilante strippers, and abducting aliens, all while producing each of his four-hundred-plus films on a shoestring budget and making a profit on nearly every one. In the process, Corman became the role model for todayís independent filmmaker. This guru with a vision has also demonstrated an uncanny eye for talent, being among the first to recognize and employ the abilities of Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, Joe Dante, Ron Howard, John Sayles, and James Cameron to name but a few. Through interviews with eighty of Cormanís friends and associates and photographs, Beverly Gray takes you behind the cameras and into the heart of Cormanville for a firsthand, insiderís look at the man and the mogul, providing a compelling private and public perspective on this soft-spoken giant of the cinema.

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User Review  - Christophlaw80 - Goodreads

fun read. apparently Corman wasn't too happy with the tea spilled with this book, but personally speaking, I think he comes off as more of a money man than a man striving to be any sort of artist. He ... Read full review

About the author (2004)

Gray us an associate professor of English at the Univ. of Southern California and an instructor's for UCLA Extension's screenwriting program.

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