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The Masque Of The red death

Roger Cor­man, 1964 ar­guably cor­man’s finest, with Vin­cent price as a de­monic prince who throws a pervy party for the lo­cal no­bil­ity, which is at­tended by a red­hooded fig­ure who could be Satan him­self. Shot by Don’t Look Now’s ni­co­las roeg, who also en­joys a red- hooded fig­ure.

The Lit­tle shop Of hor­rors

Roger Cor­man, 1960 Did he re­ally make a bet that he could shoot a fea­ture film in less than three days? What­ever, this black hor­ror- com about a man- eat­ing plant ( later turned into a stage mu­si­cal and re­made by Frank oz) was a fine ex­am­ple of cor­man’s re­source­ful­ness.

Death race 2000

Paul Bar­tel, 1975 Me- too cash in of Roller­ball, which ar­guably turned out bet­ter. It’s an an­ar­chic dystopian road movie star­ring David car­ra­dine and fea­tur­ing Sly Stal­lone, where a deadly sport has be­come a form of en­ter­tain­ment. point­lessly re­made in 2008, it’s Mad Max: Fury Road meets The Hunger Games. only much much cheaper.


Joe Dante, 1978 ac­tu­ally rather won­der­ful eco- hor­ror pro­duced by cor­man but di­rected by Joe Dante, who’d go on to make Grem­lins. cor­man was the king of mon­ster schlock and the fore­fa­ther of the ridicu­lous ti­tle ( At­tack Of The Crab Mon­sters is quite fun too) but he was also ge­nius at fos­ter­ing tal­ent ( James cameron made his de­but with Pi­ranha 2).

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