dreadful a- z of Horror
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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).