BLOGATHON… Announcing the (Roger) Cormanverse Blogathon

 

Cinematic Catharsis’ Barry and I invite you to join us as we enter the world of Roger Corman…

 

Tributing those many hundreds of times when Roger Corman and those famous names he mentored entertained you.

 

Roger Corman – Top 80 Highest Rated Movies, Top 10 Charts

 

After our third tribute to those Hammer and Amicus productions, Barry from Cinematic Catharsis, and I thrashed out our choices for our annual double bill of blogathon tributes for 2022. These discussions were crammed full of much deliberation and procrastination – mainly from yours truly – about who, what or when to tribute. These choices included actors Peter Lorre, Oliver Reed and David Warner, but these may be for another day…

In the end, we decided on choosing one topic each. You’ll discover my choice later this year for a blogathon we are planning for October. And with a wee clue that one of the dates of this month figures quite a lot in this actor’s filmography… but even if you do guess their identity I am not accepting review choices until the blogathon is announced…

For Barry’s blogathon choice, he selected a prolific director, producer, executive producer and sometimes cameo actor to be honoured. So I’m officially announcing that.. cue trumpets …  we are tributing the 30 times Awards winner and 4 times nominated… duh, duh, duh, dah… Roger Corman with the Cormanverse Blogathon. Corman is not only 95 going on 96 years old, but he has nearly 70 years in showbiz and he also has an impressive 515 credits of all sorts to his name.

In his many roles – both in front of and behind the camera – his name can be linked to films from every decade since his career began in 1954. He’s worked in genres and subgenres such as horror, gangster movies, comedies, film noir, sci-fi, biker movies and even superhero films.

His cast lists include Dean Stockwell, Jason Statham, Peter Fonda, Pam Grier, Ben Gazzara, Barbara Hershey, Sybill Danning, John Hurt, Angie Dickinson, Shelley Winters, Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price and Richard Crenna. Corman seems to be still working, as for his most recent film, he is listed in a role as an executive producer.

Films that he is linked with over these eight decades could be listed as Machine-Gun Kelly (1958), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), The Dunwich Horror (1970), The Howling (1981), Carnosaur (1993), Raptor (2001), Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader (2012) and in his most recent entry to his filmography, in a film from just last year, The Jungle Demon (2021). And these films are just the tip of the iceberg…

He also has worked with a huge list of production houses, that he’s instigated himself or produced entertainment for. You can select your review choice from these too… If you still can’t find a review choice – as we are not allowing duplicates – then you will be happy to learn that we are also including the filmographies of the filmmakers and acting talent, that he has mentored or added his presence to in their credits lists.

Corman also helped the careers of some now familiar acting names. A few actors he worked with can be listed as Charles Bronson,  Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda and William Shatner. Actresses he worked alongside in their early careers include Talia Shire and Sandra Bullock. Corman also made personal cameos in a number of movies including The Howling, Philadelphia (1993), The Wasp Woman (1959) and The Silence of the Lambs (1991).

Behind the scenes, Corman worked alongside some amazing filmmakers of today and yesterday including writers (Jonathan Demme), visual effects workers (James Cameron), composers (James Horner), directors (Peter Bogdanovich, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Joe Dante and John Sayles) and many more as part of as Wikipedia names it, “The Corman Film School”.  Wikipedia adds that Corman famously said to a protege, then a fledgling director, Ron Howard,

“If you do a good job on this film, you’ll never have to work for me again.”

Please note that we are only including all those names that are mentioned HERE in the section “The Corman Film School” for the blogathon. Corman has also been featured in books, and biographical works and he has an extensive IMDb site and Wikipedia pages, full of inspirational ideas for you budding participants.

The blogathon all kicks off on May the 6th to 8th this year… and remember the Cormanverse is your oyster.

 

Here are the rules…

  1. You can review ANY of Roger Corman or his mentee’s films, TV Movies or TV shows. Or if you want to review books or topics about them, that’s ok with us too.
  2. We are allowing no duplicates for each topic. A maximum of two posts per person is allowed…
  3. Review choices can be added as a comment on this page or you can contact me on my Contact Me page  – please add the name (and URL of your blog if I don’t know you) along with your choice of movie/book or TV choice. Or you can send me a Direct Message on Twitter at @realweegiemidge. You can also contact Barry HERE on his blogathon page…
  4. Or if you want to write about these as topics, tell us what your topic will be. We won’t accept posts that are uncomplimentary or disrespectful to these talents and their works.
  5. Add your Twitter username so we can promote your post.
  6. You can also add podcasts about their work, but only if you send me the podcast link on my Contact Me page.
  7. A full list of blogs, podcasters and review choices will be posted on a separate page and updated regularly. Please consult this list before making your choice.
  8. Only original,  never before published posts will be accepted.
  9. Send your link to your post link/podcast/video to Barry or me on the days of the blogathon.
  10. Note we will be publishing all the links on both blogs on each day of the blogathon. As Barry and I have completely different time zones this may mean you turn up on two days depending on when you add your post.
  11. All post choices must be confirmed with Barry and I first or they won’t be added to the blogathon. It is not fair to others otherwise.
  12. I am not accepting guest posts.

 

These are my and my co-host’s review choices…

Realweegiemidget Reviews… Alligator (1980) was written by John Sayles who started his career with Corman.

Cinematic Catharsis…  Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) was directed by Corman and written by John Sayles.

 

Here are those important links…

The Who’s Doing What page…HERE

Roger Corman’s IMDB pages as a cast member, producer and director are HERE. His Wikipedia page is HERE and the page lists those filmmakers and stars he mentored are listed under “The Corman Film School” and his own personal entries are HERE.

 

Please include one of Barry’s banners in your post…

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to getting your choices, and join us in May as you join the Cormanverse…

 

23 thoughts on “BLOGATHON… Announcing the (Roger) Cormanverse Blogathon

  1. Hi Gill! On IMDB, I discovered Roger Corman executive produced the 1996 film, ‘Kyoko’ (also known as ‘Because of You’). It looks like I can purchase a DVD copy of the movie. But if I can’t receive a copy, I will let you know if I need to change my entry.

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  2. I know this is extraordinarily late, but if I can still join in I would like to write about Roger Corman’s work as a producer with the “Sharktopus” films and other Syfy channel movies around 2004-15. Thank you. Toni

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