WATCH: Roger Corman looks back on his life in the B-movie business

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Mar 26, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT (Updated)

The tireless Hollywood icon Roger Corman made his reputation directing and producing cheesy, low-budget cult and horror films like Attack of the Crab Monsters, A Bucket of Blood, Death Race 2000, and Battle Beyond the Stars.

But in his colorful 62-year career making crazy creature flicks and crime dramas, he's also been spied doing cameos in acclaimed Academy Award-winning classics like The Godfather Part II and The Silence of the Lambs.


Besides the cheap drive-in theater monster fare he wrote and shot in the '50s, he's best known for the excellent series of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations he did with Vincent Price. These Halloween favorites include Tales of Terror, House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death.

The maverick filmmaker is often been branded "The King of Schlock" and "The Pope of Pop Cinema," and his many lasting contributions to the history of genre films cannot be ignored.

SYFY WIRE sat down with Corman to hear the B-movie master reflect back on his long creative legacy, what he finds strangely humorous, the upcoming Dementia 13 remake, gaining respect for the Poe films, and what the word "schlock" means to him.


Additional reporting by Jeff Spry.