Roger Corman

Roger Corman

  • Highest Rated: 100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue (2009)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Stepmonster (1993)
  • Birthday: Apr 5, 1926
  • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
  • A former engineering student, Roger Corman entered the picture business as a messenger and ended up a producer/director after a stint as a story analyst and a brief detour to Oxford University. After returning to Hollywood, he saw an opportunity to make money and gain experience by making low-budget films to feed the drive-in and neighborhood theater circuits, which had been abandoned in large part by the major studios. Working from budgets of as little as 50,000 dollars, he quickly learned the art of creating bargain-basement entertainment and making money at it, producing and directing pictures for American International Pictures and Allied Artists. Five Guns West, Apache Woman, The Day the World Ended, It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, The Undead, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Teenage Doll, Machine Gun Kelly, The Wasp Woman, and Sorority Girl were only a few of the titles, and they were indicative of their subjects. These films were short (some as little as 62 minutes) and threadbare in production values. (Reportedly, distributor Samuel Z. Arkoff used to look at the film footage at the end of each day of shooting and call Corman, telling him, "Roger, for chrissake, hire a couple more extras and put a little more furniture on the set!") But his films were also extremely entertaining, and endeared Corman to at least two generations of young filmgoers.During the early '60s, Corman became more ambitious, and made the serious school desegregation drama The Intruder. Adapted for the screen by his brother Gene Corman from Charles Beaumont's novel, it was the only one of his movies to lose money -- because few theaters would book it -- although it was one of the finest B-movies ever made. Corman also began working in color, most notably on a series of adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe stories starring Vincent Price that won the respect of younger critics and aspiring filmmakers alike. Corman also employed many young film students and writers during this period, including Francis Ford Coppola, Curtis Harrington, and author Robert Towne. His output decreased as his budgets went up, and Corman moved away from directing and into producing. In the 1970s, '80s and '90s, Corman was still producing exploitation films (such as Humanoids From the Deep), but his New World Pictures also distributed several important foreign movies, including Ingmar Bergman's Cries and Whispers and the groundbreaking Jamaican crime drama The Harder They Come.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

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No Score Yet Death Race: Beyond Anarchy Executive Producer 2018
88% Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 Producer 2016
58% Extraordinary Tales Prince Prospero 2015
No Score Yet Sharktopus vs. Whalewolf Producer 2015
86% Doomed: The Untold Story Of Roger Corman's The Fantastic Four Actor 2015
No Score Yet Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda Producer 2014
No Score Yet Operation Rogue Producer Executive Producer 2014
50% Death Race 3: Inferno Executive Producer 2013
No Score Yet Virtually Heroes Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Stealing Las Vegas Executive Producer 2012
No Score Yet Dinoshark Producer Actor 2011
No Score Yet Camel Spiders Executive Producer 2011
57% Sharktopus Producer 2010
No Score Yet Dinocroc vs. Supergator Producer Executive Producer 2010
88% Machete Maidens Unleashed! Actor 2010
100% Nightmares in Red, White and Blue Actor 2009
No Score Yet Cyclops Producer 2008
84% Rachel Getting Married Party Guest with Movie Camera $12.8M 2008
42% Death Race Producer Executive Producer $36.1M 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story Actor 2007
No Score Yet Searchers 2.0 Executive Producer Producer 2007
100% Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows Actor 2007
No Score Yet Supergator Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet Scorpius Gigantus Producer 2006
No Score Yet The Hunt for Eagle One: Crash Point Producer 2006
No Score Yet The Sci-Fi Boys Actor 2006
No Score Yet The Hunt for Eagle One Producer 2006
No Score Yet Bloodfist 2050 Executive Producer 2005
67% Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off-Screen Actor 2005
No Score Yet She Gods of Shark Reef (Shark Reef) Director 2005
No Score Yet Edgar G. Ulmer: The Man Off Screen Actor 2004
80% The Manchurian Candidate the Secretary $65.8M 2004
No Score Yet Dinocroc Producer Executive Producer 2004
56% Looney Tunes: Back in Action Hollywood Director $21.1M 2003
No Score Yet Barbarian Executive Producer 2003
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls Actor 2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence Actor 2003
No Score Yet Shakedown Producer 2003
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2003
No Score Yet Rage and Discipline Executive Producer 2003
No Score Yet When Eagles Strike Producer 2003
No Score Yet Slaughter Studios Producer Director 2002
60% The Independent Himself 2001
No Score Yet Raptor Producer 2001
No Score Yet Avalanche Alley Producer 2001
57% A Galaxy Far, Far Away Actor 2001
No Score Yet Black Thunder Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures Actor 2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies Actor 2001
No Score Yet The Suicide Club Producer 2000
No Score Yet In the Dead of Space Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet 800 Leagues Down the Amazon Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet The Doorway Producer 2000
No Score Yet Fire On The Amazon (Lost Paradise) Producer Executive Producer 2000
No Score Yet Under Oath Executive Producer 2000
39% Scream 3 Studio Executive 2000
No Score Yet Nightfall Producer 2000
No Score Yet Isaac Asimov's Nightfall Producer 2000
No Score Yet The Haunting of Hell House Producer 1999
No Score Yet The White Pony Producer Actor 1999
No Score Yet Avalanche Producer 1999
No Score Yet Galactic Odyssey Executive Producer 1999
No Score Yet Future Fear Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet A Very Unlucky Leprechaun Producer 1998
No Score Yet Watchers Reborn Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Eruption Producer 1998
No Score Yet The Capitol Conspiracy Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Knocking on Death's Door Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Falling Fire Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Running Woman Producer 1998
No Score Yet Desert Thunder Executive Producer 1998
No Score Yet Some Nudity Required Actor 1998
No Score Yet Termination Man Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Spacejacked Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Star Portal Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Black Scorpion II Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet The Second Civil War Sandy Collins 1997
No Score Yet My Brother's War Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Humanoids from the Deep Director Executive Producer 1997
No Score Yet Starquest II (Galactic Odyssey) (Mind Breakers) Producer 1997
No Score Yet Marquis de Sade Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Carnosaur 3: Primal Species Producer 1996
No Score Yet House of the Damned Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Wasp Woman Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Vampirella Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Last Exit to Earth Executive Producer Producer 1996
No Score Yet Virtual Seduction Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Inhumanoid Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet Not like Us Executive Producer 1996
No Score Yet The Crazysitter Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet One Night Stand (Before the Night) Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Bloodfist VII: Manhunt Producer 1995
No Score Yet Black Scorpion Executive Producer 1995
95% Apollo 13 Congressman 1995
No Score Yet Piranha Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Carnosaur 2 Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Bloodfist VI: Ground Zero Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Dillinger and Capone Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Terminal Virus Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Midnight Tease 2 Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Black Rose of Harlem Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Sawbones Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Bram Stoker's 'Burial of the Rats' Producer 1995
No Score Yet Demolition Day Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Cyberzone Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Not of This Earth Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet Twisted Love Executive Producer 1995
No Score Yet No Dessert Dad 'til You Mow the Lawn Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Angel of Destruction Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Watchers III Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Stranglehold Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Runaway Daughters Bob's Dad 1994
33% Fantastic Four Executive Producer Producer 1994
No Score Yet The Unborn II Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet One Man Army Producer 1994
No Score Yet Bloodfist V: Human Target Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Saturday Night Special (Deadly Desire) (The Abduction of Crystal Blue) Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet The Spy Within (The Flight of the Dove) Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Reflections in the Dark Executive Producer Producer 1994
No Score Yet Cheyenne Warrior Executive Producer Producer 1994
No Score Yet Plane Fear Producer 1994
No Score Yet New Crime City (Angeles 2020) Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet In the Heat of Passion II: Unfaithful (Unfaithful ) (Behind Closed Doors) Executive Producer 1994
No Score Yet To Sleep with a Vampire Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Dragon Fire Executive Producer 1993
80% Philadelphia Mr. Laird 1993
No Score Yet Live by the Fist Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Home for Christmas Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet The Liars' Club Producer Executive Producer 1993
11% Carnosaur Producer 1993
No Score Yet Dracula Rising Director Producer 1993
0% Stepmonster Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet The Killing Box Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Kill Zone Producer 1993
No Score Yet Caroline at Midnight Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Raiders of the Sun Producer 1992
No Score Yet Bloodfist IV: Die Trying Executive Producer Producer 1992
No Score Yet Ultraviolet Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Firehawk Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Field of Fire Producer 1992
No Score Yet In The Heat Of Passion Producer Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Munchie Executive Producer Producer 1992
No Score Yet Blackbelt Executive Producer Producer 1992
No Score Yet Crisis in the Kremlin Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Final Embrace Producer 1992
No Score Yet The Assassination Game Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Blackbelt II: Fatal Force Executive Producer 1992
No Score Yet Beyond the Call of Duty Producer 1992
No Score Yet Angelfist (Angel Fist) Producer 1991
No Score Yet Body Chemistry II: Voice of a Stranger Executive Producer Producer 1991
No Score Yet Future Kick Producer 1991
No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll High School Forever Producer 1991
No Score Yet Dune Warriors Producer 1991
No Score Yet The Haunting of Morella Producer 1991
No Score Yet Play Murder For Me Producer 1991
No Score Yet Bloodfist III: Forced to Fight Producer 1991
No Score Yet The Unborn Producer 1991
96% The Silence of the Lambs FBI Director Hayden Burke 1991
No Score Yet Dance with Death Executive Producer 1991
No Score Yet Bodywaves Producer Executive Producer Actor 1991
No Score Yet Immortal Sins Producer 1991
No Score Yet Eye of the Eagle 3 Executive Producer Producer 1991
No Score Yet Sorority House Massacre 2 Executive Producer 1990
44% Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound Director Screenwriter Producer 1990
No Score Yet Bloodfist II Producer 1990
No Score Yet A Cry in the Wild Executive Producer Producer 1990
No Score Yet Over Exposed Producer 1990
No Score Yet Dead Space Producer 1990
No Score Yet Ultra Warrior Producer 1990
No Score Yet Streets Producer Executive Producer 1990
No Score Yet Back to Back Executive Producer Producer 1990
No Score Yet Watchers II Producer 1990
No Score Yet Transylvania Twist Producer 1989
No Score Yet Silk 2 (Hart wie Seide, Sanft wie Stahl) Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet First Works Actor 1989
No Score Yet Bloodfist Producer 1989
No Score Yet Heroes Stand Alone Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Primary Target Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Andy Colby's Incredibly Awesome Adventure Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard II Actor Producer Executive Producer 1989
No Score Yet Stripped to Kill 2 Producer 1989
No Score Yet Lords of the Deep Actor Producer 1989
No Score Yet Final Judgment Executive Producer 1989
67% The Masque of the Red Death Producer 1989
No Score Yet Watchers Executive Producer Producer 1988
No Score Yet Daddy's Boys Producer 1988
No Score Yet Crime Zone Producer Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet Time Trackers Producer 1988
No Score Yet The Lawless Land Producer 1988
No Score Yet The Drifter Executive Producer Producer 1988
No Score Yet The New Gladiators Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet Dance of the Damned Executive Producer 1988
No Score Yet Two to Tango Producer 1988
No Score Yet Big Bad Mama II Producer 1987
No Score Yet Hour of the Assassin Producer Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Sorority House Massacre Producer 1987
No Score Yet Summer Camp Nightmare Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Stripped to Kill Producer Executive Producer 1987
No Score Yet Munchies Producer 1987
No Score Yet Sweet Revenge Executive Producer Producer 1987
No Score Yet Cocaine Wars Producer 1986
No Score Yet Streetwalkin' Producer 1985
No Score Yet Moving Violations Producer 1985
No Score Yet The Warrior and the Sorceress Producer Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Love Letters Producer 1984
92% Swing Shift Mr. MacBride 1984
No Score Yet Space Raiders Producer 1984
No Score Yet The New Gladiators (I guerrieri dell'anno 2072) Executive Producer 1984
No Score Yet Odd Balls Executive Producer 1984
92% Suburbia Producer Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Deathstalker Executive Producer 1983
No Score Yet Hell's Angels Forever Producer 1983
60% Forbidden World (Mutant) Producer 1982
No Score Yet The Lady in Red Producer 1982
40% The State of Things Lawyer 1982
33% Galaxy of Terror (Mindwarp: An Infinity of Terror) (Planet of Horrors) (Quest) Producer 1981
70% The Howling Man in Phone Booth (uncredited) 1981
No Score Yet Smokey Bites the Dust Producer 1981
45% Battle Beyond the Stars Producer Executive Producer 1980
56% Humanoids From the Deep Producer 1980
80% Rock 'n' Roll High School Producer Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Galaxy Express 999 (Ginga Tetsudô Three-Nine) Producer 1979
No Score Yet Up from the Depths Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider Producer 1979
67% Saint Jack Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Bees Executive Producer 1978
72% Piranha Producer Executive Producer 1978
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Actor 1978
No Score Yet Deathsport Producer 1978
No Score Yet Outside Chance Executive Producer 1978
No Score Yet The Terror Within Executive Producer Producer 1977
No Score Yet Thunder and Lightning Producer 1977
No Score Yet I Never Promised You A Rose Garden Executive Producer Producer 1977
23% Grand Theft Auto Executive Producer Producer 1977
No Score Yet Moving Violation Executive Producer Producer 1977
No Score Yet Jackson County Jail Producer Executive Producer 1976
No Score Yet Eat My Dust! Producer 1976
No Score Yet Fighting Mad Producer 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball District Attorney 1976
No Score Yet Lumiere Producer 1976
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Producer 1976
No Score Yet Capone Producer 1975
83% Death Race 2000 Producer 1975
88% Crazy Mama Producer 1975
85% Caged Heat (Caged Females) (Renegade Girls) Producer 1974
100% Cockfighter Producer 1974
97% The Godfather, Part II Senator #2 1974
71% Big Bad Mama Producer 1974
No Score Yet The Young Nurses Producer 1973
No Score Yet I Escaped from Devil's Island Producer 1973
No Score Yet The Student Teachers (College Coeds) Producer 1973
No Score Yet Unholy Rollers Executive Producer 1972
100% The Big Bird Cage Producer 1972
48% Boxcar Bertha Producer 1972
No Score Yet The Final Comedown Producer 1972
No Score Yet Twilight People Executive Producer 1972
No Score Yet The Hot Box Executive Producer 1972
No Score Yet The Cremators Producer 1972
No Score Yet Women in Cages Producer 1971
No Score Yet Private Duty Nurses Producer 1971
60% Von Richthofen and Brown Director 1971
No Score Yet Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It Producer Director 1971
100% The Big Doll House Producer 1971
No Score Yet The Beast of the Yellow Night Executive Producer 1971
No Score Yet Il Castello dalle Porte di Fuoco (Killers of the Castle of Blood) (Ivanna) Producer 1970
No Score Yet The Student Nurses Producer Executive Producer 1970
17% Bloody Mama Director Producer 1970
17% The Dunwich Horror Executive Producer 1970
No Score Yet Gas-s-s-s Director Producer 1970
No Score Yet Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women Producer 1968
88% Targets Producer 1968
88% The St. Valentine's Day Massacre Director Producer 1967
No Score Yet Devil's Angels Producer 1967
36% The Trip Producer Director 1967
No Score Yet The Navy vs. the Night Monsters Producer 1966
63% The Wild Angels Producer Director 1966
No Score Yet Blood Bath Director 1966
17% Queen of Blood Producer 1966
No Score Yet Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet Executive Producer 1965
82% The Tomb of Ligeia Producer Director 1965
No Score Yet The Masque of the Red Death Director Producer 1964
88% The Comedy of Terrors Producer 1964
No Score Yet The Secret Invasion Director 1964
65% Dementia 13 Producer Executive Producer 1963
88% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes Producer Director 1963
71% The Haunted Palace Producer Director 1963
36% The Terror (The Haunting) (The Castle of Terror) Director Screenwriter Producer 1963
No Score Yet Ski Troop Attack Actor Director 1963
92% The Raven Director Producer 1963
No Score Yet The Young Racers Producer Director 1963
No Score Yet Tower of London Director 1962
71% Tales of Terror Producer Director 1962
No Score Yet The Intruder Director Producer 1962
56% The Premature Burial Producer Director 1962
84% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum) Director Producer 1961
No Score Yet Creature from the Haunted Sea Producer Director Actor 1961
No Score Yet Atlas Producer Soldier Director 1961
No Score Yet Nebo Zovyot (Battle Beyond the Sun) (The Heavens Call) (The Sky Calls) Executive Producer Producer 1960
92% The Little Shop of Horrors Director Producer 1960
No Score Yet The Last Woman on Earth Director Producer 1960
90% The Fall of the House of Usher Producer Director 1960
70% Attack of the Giant Leeches Executive Producer 1960
No Score Yet Battle of Blood Island Producer 1960
No Score Yet Ski Troop Attack German Squad Leader Director Producer 1960
45% The Wasp Woman Producer Director 1959
75% A Bucket of Blood Producer Director 1959
No Score Yet T-Bird Gang Producer 1959
No Score Yet High School Big Shot Producer 1959
No Score Yet The Brain Eaters Executive Producer 1958
No Score Yet Night of the Blood Beast Executive Producer Producer 1958
No Score Yet Teenage Cave Man (Out of the Darkness) Producer Director 1958
No Score Yet Machine Gun Kelly Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet I, Mobster Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet War of the Satellites Director Producer 1958
No Score Yet Stakeout on Dope Street Producer 1958
No Score Yet She Gods of Shark Reef Director 1958
No Score Yet The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet Teenage Doll Producer Director 1957
No Score Yet Rock All Night Producer Director 1957
67% Attack of the Crab Monsters Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet Not of This Earth Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet Sorority Girl Producer Director 1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock Director Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Undead Producer Director 1957
80% It Conquered the World Producer Director 1956
No Score Yet Gunslinger Director Producer 1956
No Score Yet Day the World Ended Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet Five Guns West Director Producer 1955
No Score Yet Swamp Women Director 1955
No Score Yet Apache Woman Producer Director 1955
No Score Yet Monster from the Ocean Floor Producer 1954
No Score Yet The Fast and the Furious Producer Screenwriter 1954

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No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Practice
1997-2004
  • 1999
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
Himself
  • 1996

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