Roger Corman is not only one of my personal heroes, but also one of the most prolific and incredibly inspiring filmmakers to ever grace our beloved genre. The documentary Corman's World is most certainly one of my favorite films this past year, so it's great to be able to hear more about his work directly from the man himself in this 5 part Post Mortem interview with Mick Garris.
In Part 1, Garris brings up one of his personal favorite Corman pictures, X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes and Roger elaborates on the origin of that particular story; how it began as a story about a jazz musician doing too many drugs and in turn obtaining the ability of X-ray vision to the evolution of it into a "mad scientist" story courtesy of screenwriter Ray Russell. He also explains the process of how he maps out the story in 4-5 page outlines for a screenwriter to flesh out. Part 2 delves into the multiple changes over the years in independent filmmaking, which leads into Corman's latest ambitious project, the Netflix original web-series Splatter starring Corey Feldman and directed by Joe Dante.
In Part 3, Corman talks about tackling risky and dangerous pictures early in his career such as Wild Angels, the first movie about the Hells Angels and how it's success brought about death threats from the Angels themselves! At the end of the day, it was one of the most successful & popular independent pictures ever produced at that time. In Part 4, Roger discusses the desire to go back to horror movies because of their universal appeal and he explains how he builds up suspense in his horror films. Did you know Roger Corman was responsible for launching the careers of such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Joe Dante and many, many more? Part 5 goes into all of that and more.
As always, these Post Mortem's are a treat for us fans. So check out Post Mortem: Roger Corman!