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Thursday, April 5, 2012

BIRTHDAY SPECIAL: TOP 10 ROGER CORMAN FILMS

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROGER CORMAN! (b. April 5, 1926) Roger Corman is considered to be the BEST B-Movie director of all time, known for his sometimes campy and often melodramatic horror and monster movies. He is also credited with starting the careers of some of the most famous stars in Hollywood including Vincent Price and Jack Nicholson. His most popular films (and my personal favorites) are those based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe, known as the "Poe Cycle" which turned Vincent Price into a horror legend! In honor of Corman's birthday and to celebrate the upcoming release of The Raven movie starring John Cusack CHERNOBOG'S BLOG PRESENTS: The Top 10 Roger Corman Films! Enjoy...

#10 The Terror (1963) - Starring an elderly Boris Karloff and a young Jack Nicholson, Lt. Andre Duvalier, (Nicholson) an officer in Napoleon's army, follows a mysterious woman (Sandra Knight) into the castle of Baron Von Leppe (Karloff).

#9 The Raven (1963) - Starring Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and a young Jack Nicholson. This loosely based comedic horror film where a magician has been turned into a raven!?

#8 X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes (1963) - When Dr. James Xavier (Ray Milland) uses special eye-drops to give him X-Ray vision, he discovers his powers have horrible consequences.

#7 The Premature Burial (1962) - Ray Milland plays Guy Carrell, an artist who grows distant from his new wife Emily (Hazel Court) while he is preoccupied with the terror of premature burial!

#6 The Haunted Palace (1963) - While loosely based on :The Haunted Palace" by Edgar Allan Poe it also incorporated the story of "The Strange Case of Charles Dexter Ward" by H.P. Lovecraft in a fantastic collaboration.

#5 Tomb of Ligeia (1964) - Vincent Prices plays Verden Fell, who is haunted by the memory of his dead wife.

#4 Tales of Terror (1962) - Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Basil Rathbone star in three short tales based on the works of Poe including "The Black Cat", "The Case of M. Valdemar", and "Morella".

#3 Pit and the Pendulum (1961) - Vincent Price plays Nicholas Medina, who is tortured by his ancestor who was involved in the Spanish Inquisition.

#2  The House of Usher (1960) - Vincent Price stars a s Roderick Usher, the eccentric last survivor of an old aristocratic family who is driven insane and buries his sister alive as his house crumbles around him!

#1 The Masque of the Red Death (1964) - Vincent Price plays Prince Prospero, a Satanic tyrant who terrorizes his subjects while using his castle as a refuge from the Plague!

Also be sure to check out Fangoria's review of the new documentary: Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel