Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed "King of the Bs" for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appellation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget movies, many of which are exploitation, and are among some of the most influential movies made. He has apprenticed many now-famous directors, stressing the importance of budgeting and resourcefulness; Corman once joked he could make a film about the fall of the Roman Empire with two extras and a sage bush.
Partial filmography (as Director)
Main article: List of Roger Corman films
* Five Guns West (1955)
* Swamp Women (1955)
* It Conquered the World (1956)
* Not of This Earth (1957)
* Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
* The Undead (1957)
* The Wasp Woman (1959)
* A Bucket of Blood (1959)
* House of Usher (1960)
* The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
* The Last Woman on Earth (1960)
* Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
* The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
* Premature Burial (1961)
* The Intruder (1962)
* Tales of Terror (1962)
* X (1963) (also known as X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes)
* The Raven (1963)
* The Terror (1963)
* The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
* The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
* The Wild Angels (1966)
* The Trip (1967)
* Bloody Mama (1970)
* Gas-s-s-s (1971)
* Von Richthofen and Brown (1971)
* Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
"The Corman Film School"
A number of important and influential filmmakers and actors had their first big break with Roger Corman. The following list is limited to Oscar winners.
* Francis Ford Coppola — directed Corman's Dementia 13. Oscar winner for The Godfather Part II
* Jack Nicholson - acted in four Corman-financed movies The Cry Baby Killer, The Little Shop Of Horrors, Ride the Whirlwind and The Shooting. One of his first roles was a bit part in Corman's The Saint Valentine's Day Massacre. Nicholson also had roles in two other Roger Corman films, The Raven and The Terror. Corman allowed Nicholson to direct The Terror on the final two days of filming.
* James Cameron — Oscar winner for Titanic, also made Aliens, The Terminator, and Terminator 2
* Jonathan Demme — wrote and directed Corman's Caged Heat (aka Renegade Girls). Oscar winner for The Silence of the Lambs
* Ron Howard — acted in Corman's 1976 film "Eat My Dust", directed Corman's Grand Theft Auto. Oscar winner for A Beautiful Mind
* Martin Scorsese — directed Corman's Boxcar Bertha. Oscar winner for The Departed
Other major directors from the Corman school have included Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Jonathan Kaplan, and John Sayles.