Tuesday, June 24, 2014

(Recommended Read) “The Beauties of Terror” – the 50th Anniversary of The Masque of the Red Death By Keri O’Shea


There’s been a strange sort of circularity to the career of Roger Corman. Whilst as a young man he made films about anything and everything he could (as did many directors and/or producers of his generation and longevity) he definitely seems to have had a soft spot for no-budget, turn-a-buck creature features: Crab Monsters, Blood Beasts and Wasp Women were the stuff of his early works, reflecting the 1950s ‘B’ movie predilection for nature gone awry, tainted by outsider influences and bad, bad science. Oddly fitting, then, that Mr. Corman has recently come back to the nature-gone-bad motif at this stage in his career as a producer: his work for SyFy will soon be bringing us Sharktopus vs. Mermantula, folks. Bask in that knowledge – but remember that, between these poles, he did his finest directorial work in what has come to be known as the ‘Corman Poe Cycle’...

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