Archive for Roger Corman

CINEMACABRE PREVIEW: “SHARKTOPUS” SWIMS ONTO TORONTO SCREEN

Posted in Events, Gore, Monsters, Movies, News, Rue Morgue, Sci-Fi, Violence with tags , , , , , on November 18, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

So that’s what Roger Corman’s been doing with himself. The veteran producer is responsible for Sharktopus, a high-concept monster mash made for the SyFy TV channel. Rue Morgue Magazine will be hosting its Toronto premiere at The Bloor Theatre tomorrow (Nov. 18) at 9:30 pm.

“Just when you thought it was safe to go near the water, along comes producer Roger Corman’s SHARKTOPUS! Half-shark, half-octopus, all SHARKTOPUS, the military’s ultimate biological weapon is swimming amok, snatching bikini babes off the beach with giant CGI tentacles! Eric freakin’ Roberts plays the beast’s creator and Corman himself makes a cameo. Up from the depths and on the big screen, it’s SHARKTOPUS!”

FANTASTIC FISH: HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP (A.K.A MONSTER) (1980)

Posted in DVD, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews, Sex with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2010 by darklordbunnykins


Starring Doug McClure, Ann Turkel and Vic Morrow

Directed by Barbara Peeters

Written by Frederick James

Shout! Factory

Humanoids from the Deep was one of those films whose giant clamshell package on the shelf of my local video store always caught my eye as a kid. The combination of a nubile woman and inhuman eyes on the cover tweaked my growing brain’s twin interests: girls and monsters. But the film’s R-rating meant I wouldn’t be seeing it anytime soon, no matter my protestations to whichever parent held the video club card.

Some thirty years later, Shout! Factory has done us geeks the honour of putting out Humanoids on DVD and Blu-ray, and the excitement I felt inserting the disc into my player was almost sexual. Finally, after all these years, I was going to get to see if the movie of my adolescent imagination would live up to the promise of its cover art.

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NEW RUE MORGUE: AUGUST ISSUE OUT NOW!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 29, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

The DLB received his copy of the new Rue Morgue in the mail yesterday, and although he only has one tiny movie review in this issue (much of my efforts are going into my RM blog here: http://rue-morgue.com/blog/archives/author/sean/) , that’s no reason not to pick it up, especially when you’ve got all this tasty stuff to keep you entertained and so many nasty pix to freak out your fellow subway riders.

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DEVIANT DVD: FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)

Posted in DVD, Gore, Monsters, Movies, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

FORBIDDEN WORLD (1982)

Starring Jesse Vint, June Chadwick and Fox Harris

Directed by Allan Holzman

Written by Tim Curnen

Shout! Factory

Alien inspired a lot of filmmakers. Specifically, it inspired a lot of filmmakers to rip it off.

Legendary B-movie maker Roger Corman saw the success of Ridley Scott’s now-classic 1979 effort and decided to ride the public’s appetite for predatory xenomorphs. The first (rotten) fruit of that “inspiration” was 1981’s Galaxy of Terror, an exploitation neutron bomb that included rape by intergalactic space worm. Not done with the concept, Corman gave editor Allan Holzman a day to come up with footage that might become another Alien rip-off. Unused space battle footage from Corman’s Star Wars rip-off Battle Beyond the Stars, still-standing Galaxy sets and some quick scripting provided the basis for seven minutes of footage which would become the confused opening of Forbidden World. But once it gets going, FW proves itself to be an entertaining B-movie with enough boobs, blood and balls to make it worth killing 77 minutes of your life.

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CULT CLASSICS: DEATH RACE 2000 (1975)

Posted in DVD, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

DEATH RACE 2000 (1975)

Starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth and Sylvester Stallone

Directed by Paul Bartel

Written by Robert Thom and Charles B. Griffith

Shout! Factory


Well, the year 2000 could have happened like that. That was my reaction watching Death Race 2000, the Paul Bartel-directed 1975 cult classic that posited a year 2000 where the citizens of a fascist America are kept entertained and pacified by the Death Race, a cross-country dash from New York to New Los Angeles where drivers get points not only for who gets there first but how many pedestrians they kill along the way.

Carradine as Frankenstein

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Shout! Factory Secures Home Entertainment Rights to Extensive Roger Corman Library

Posted in DVD, Movies, News with tags , , , , , , on January 13, 2010 by darklordbunnykins

PRESS RELEASE:

For Immediate Release

SHOUT! FACTORY SECURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT RIGHTS TO EXTENSIVE ROGER CORMAN LIBRARY

Iconic Film Properties Include Piranha, Death Race 2000, Rock ’N’ Roll High School, Galaxy Of Terror, Starcrash, Humanoids From The Deep, Grand Theft Auto, Battle Beyond The Stars and more


Los Angeles, CA, January 13, 2010 — Shout! Factory and New Horizons Picture Corporation have entered into an extensive multiyear alliance to release a vast library of classic and new films from legendary producer-director Roger Corman, recipient of a 2009 Honorary Academy Award®, to the home entertainment marketplace. Under the terms of the agreement, Shout! Factory has secured the exclusive North American home entertainment rights to over 50 highly sought-after Roger Corman film properties. This announcement was made today by Shout! Factory founding partners Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and filmmaker Roger Corman.

“Roger holds an incredibly rich legacy in Hollywood. His cinematic works, spanning decades, continue to influence filmmakers worldwide. Many of his iconic films have been unavailable or long out-of-print in the home entertainment marketplace. There’s a lot of consumer interest in these films,” state Shout! Factory’s founding partners. “We’re thrilled and honored with this opportunity to work with Roger and New Horizons to bring his cinematic treasures back to their original luster and share them with movie fans.”

“We’re delighted to collaborate with Shout! Factory to make New Horizons’ historic library of films available for home entertainment,” said Corman. “We look forward to working closely with the entire Shout team for great DVD and Blu-ray releases ahead.”

Shout! Factory and New Horizons Pictures are working closely to remaster a number of great Corman titles that have been long out of print, some never-before-available on DVD and Blu-ray™. Moreover, Shout! Factory is currently producing a wide range of bonus content for special editions and double features for the launch of Shout! Factory’s Roger Corman’s Cult Classics home entertainment series.

The first titles to be made available from Roger Corman’s Cult Classics presented by Shout! Factory are the much anticipated cult thrillers Piranha Special Edition DVD, Humanoids From The Deep, Up From The Depths and Demon Of Paradise in April 2010; Piranha Special Edition Blu-ray, the memorable 1979 classic Rock ’N’ Roll High School Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray and the punk rock drama Suburbia in May 2010. Other Corman classics slated for 2010 release include Death Race 2000, Warlords Of  The 21st Century, Deathsport, Forbidden World and Galaxy Of Terror, among others.

The saga of independent filmmaker-producer Roger Corman ranks as one of the most amazing motion picture success stories. Having produced more than 350 films and directed 50 others, his influence on American film goes far beyond his own energetic, creative low-budget movies. He is arguably one of Hollywood’s most gifted and masterful filmmakers.

Noted for his keen ability to spot young talent, Corman’s most lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers and actors he has fostered, among them: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Peter Fonda, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Diane Ladd, Tommy Lee Jones, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Talia Shire, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Peter Bogdanovich and Sally Kirkland.

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