WATCH: Roger Corman on his Women in Prison films and exposing audiences to Kurosawa and Bergman

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Sep 3, 2019, 8:16 AM EDT (Updated)

Legendary filmmaker and producer Roger Corman is a pioneer in the art and craft of cinema with a formidable roster of low-budget classics like Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000, It Conquered The World, The Wasp Woman, and Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women under his belt.

Besides his cheesy B-movie monster offerings and excellent Edgar Allan Poe adaptations with Vincent Price, Corman was an avid peddler of the "Women in Prison" sub-genre, released with alluring titles like The Big Doll House, Women in Cages, and Caged Heat.

SYFY WIRE continued its conversation with the "King of Schlock" earlier this month and learned about his take on the feminist agenda, tipping the scales on how females were empowered and portrayed in film, and the little-known fact that he was one of the first to bring the movies of Kurosawa, Bergman, and Fellini to United States audiences.


Additional reporting by Jeff Spry.