Roger Corman, 'King of the B-Movies,' Dies at 98

Roger Corman, the "king of B-movies," passed away at 98, leaving behind a legacy of over 300 low-budget films and launching the careers of many Hollywood heavyweights. Corman's impact on independent genre filmmaking is undeniable, and his influence will continue to be felt for generations to come.

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Roger Corman, 'King of the B-Movies,' Dies at 98

Roger Corman, 'King of the B-Movies,' Dies at 98

Roger Corman, the legendary filmmaker dubbed the "king of the B-movies," passed away on Thursday at his home in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 98. Corman's prolific career spanned nearly 50 years, during which he produced over 300 low-budget films and directed around 50 of them.

Corman's films, often shot on shoestring budgets and tight schedules, became cult classics. Some of his most notable works include "A Bucket of Blood" (1959), "The Little Shop of Horrors" (1960), and "The Masque of the Red Death" (1964). His fastest film, "The Little Shop of Horrors," was famously shot in just two days and one night.

Beyond his own films, Corman is credited with launching the careers of numerous Hollywood heavyweights. Many notable filmmakers, including Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jonathan Demme, Peter Bogdanovich, and Ron Howard, got their start working under Corman's tutelage. Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, and Pam Grier are among the actors who had early roles in Corman's productions.

Corman's impact on independent genre filmmaking cannot be overstated. His low-budget productions provided a platform for emerging talent to cut their teeth and experiment with their craft. As Scorsese once said of Corman, "He was able to nurture other talent in a way that was never envious or difficult but always generous."

In 2009, Corman received an honorary Academy Award for his contributions to the film industry. During the ceremony, directors Quentin Tarantino and Jonathan Demme paid tribute to his legacy. Corman's wife Julie and daughters Catherine and Mary said in a statement, "He was generous, open-hearted and kind to all those who knew him."

Roger Corman's passing marks the end of an era in filmmaking, but his influence will continue to be felt for generations to come. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Corman simply said, "I was a filmmaker, just that." His legacy as a trailblazer, mentor, and master of low-budget genre films will undoubtedly endure.

Key Takeaways

  • Roger Corman, "king of B-movies," dies at 98 in Santa Monica, CA.
  • Corman produced over 300 low-budget films and directed around 50.
  • He launched careers of Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and other Hollywood heavyweights.
  • Corman received an honorary Academy Award in 2009 for his contributions to film.
  • His legacy as a trailblazer, mentor, and master of low-budget genre films will endure.