->''"Well, that's it, we're doomed."''
-->-- '''Crow T. Robot''', on seeing Roger Corman's name come up in the credits, ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000: Film/TheUndead''

Roger Corman (born April 5, 1926) is a movie producer and director sometimes known as "King of the BMovie". He has directed over 50 movies and produced over 300, every single one of them having been created on time and under budget. Most of them are low-brow shameless {{exploitation film}}s of various types that have become "classic" examples of SoBadItsGood and are as far from TrueArt as it is possible to get; one film, ''Film/ABucketOfBlood,'' ''was'' considered a masterpiece of sorts, and semi-autobiographical.

Corman did have his shining moment of artistic legitimacy when he directed a series of Gothic {{horror}}s based on the works of Creator/EdgarAllanPoe. These eight films -- all released between 1960 and 1964, and all but one starring Creator/VincentPrice -- are noticeably uneven, but the standouts ''really'' stand out. These include ''[[Film/ThePitandthePendulum The Pit and the Pendulum]]'' and ''House of Usher'', featuring legendary performances from Price, and ''The Haunted Palace'', which was the first [[LovecraftOnFilm screen adaptation]] of an Creator/HPLovecraft story (''Literature/TheCaseOfCharlesDexterWard''), [[DolledUpInstallment dolled up]] for the Poe series. Also directed ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' in 1960; it was filmed in exactly two days, a world record. Corman made one film, ''The St. Valentine's Day Massacre'' (1967), for a major studio (Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox) with a decent budget, but disliked the experience and resumed low budget films.

By the mid-'70s, he operated his own studios, New World Pictures, which allowed him to take a dip in the world of hoity-toity art films. He started as the American distributor of Creator/IngmarBergman's ''Film/CriesAndWhispers'', a rare example of a foreign film that got a Best Picture nomination. Other films by international directors distributed by Corman in the United States included ''Literature/TheTinDrum'', Creator/AkiraKurosawa's ''Literature/DersuUzala'', Bergman's ''Film/AutumnSonata'', Creator/FedericoFellini's ''Film/{{Amarcord}}'', Creator/AlainResnais's ''Film/MonOncleDAmerique'', and Creator/FrancoisTruffaut's ''Small Change'' and ''Film/TheStoryOfAdeleH''. He left in 1981 and formed a company called New Concorde (for added irony, Fox would end up buying New World in 1997, albeit long after they had ceased motion picture production and had instead become an owner of TV stations that had all been switched to Fox as a result of Fox acquiring rights to the NFL- see DisasterDominoes for more on ''that'' whole mess).

In addition to his knack for the financial aspects of moviemaking, Roger Corman also has a keen eye for talent. Many famous directors, including Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, Creator/JamesCameron, Creator/RonHoward, Creator/JoeDante, and Creator/MartinScorsese, started out directing films that Roger Corman produced. A number of actors -- notably Creator/JackNicholson and Robert Vaughn -- also had their start under Corman. And despite his sexploitation films, many women such as Gale Anne Hurd also had their start in the industry thanks to him. Corman realised women would work harder for less money as long as they had the opportunity to use their talents, often denied thanks to the rampant sexism of mainstream Hollywood. In recognition of this, Corman received the [[UsefulNotes/AcademyAward Academy Honorary Award]] in 2009.

Please note that, although he's known as "King of the B-Movies", Corman ''hates'' the title. As he [[InsistentTerminology insists]], he made A-Movies on B-Movie budgets. Oh, and don't bring up ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' in his presence. Just ''don't!'' At the Jorgenson Guest Filmmaker Lecture, [[TakeThat he took a swipe]] toward ''[=MST3K=]'', saying that you could make money off [[LetsSeeYouDoBetter making fun of something you don't make]].

[[folder:Films He Directed/Produced/Distributed with Their Own Pages (That Aren't Already Mentioned Here)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AladdinAndTheAdventureOfAllTime''
* ''Film/{{Amazons}}''
* ''Film/AttackOfTheCrabMonsters''
* ''Film/AttackOfTheGiantLeeches''
* ''Film/BarbarianQueen''
* ''Film/BattleBeyondTheSun''
* ''Film/{{Carnosaur}}''
* ''Film/ChoppingMall''
* ''Film/DeathRace2000''
* ''Film/DeathstalkerSeries''
** ''Film/DeathstalkerIVMatchOfTheTitans''
* ''Film/Dementia13''
* ''Film/{{Dinocroc}}''
* ''Film/{{Dinoshark}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/DownAndDirtyDuck''
* ''Film/TheFantasticFour''
* ''Film/FantasticPlanet''
* ''Film/ForbiddenWorld''
* ''Film/GalaxyOfTerror''
* ''Film/{{Gunslinger}}''
* ''Film/TheMasqueOfTheRedDeath''
* ''Film/IlyaMuromets''
* ''Film/TheIntruder''
* ''Film/NightOfTheBloodBeast''
* ''Film/PlanetOfStorms''
* ''Film/TheRaven''
* ''Film/RockAndRollHighSchool''
* ''Film/{{Sorceress}}''
* ''Film/SwampDiamonds''
* ''Film/{{Targets}}''
* ''Film/TeenageCaveman''
* ''Film/TheTerror''
* ''Film/TheUndead''
* ''Film/VikingWomenAndTheSeaSerpent''
* ''Film/TheWarriorAndTheSorceress''
* ''Film/WizardsOfTheLostKingdom''
* ''Film/WizardsOfTheLostKingdom2''

!!Corman's movies contain examples of:
* ActionGirl: Usually Beverly Garland. Corman was a filmmaker who did not believe in the NeutralFemale - he had female protagonists who were tough, intelligent and resourceful. A good example is when Beverly Garland's character in ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' ''grabs a shotgun'' when her idiot husband is mesmerized by the alien, and gives it a memorable TheReasonYouSuckSpeech, then growls: "You think you're gonna make a slave of the world... [[PrecisionFStrike I'll see you in Hell first!]]" Keep in mind, Garland was delivering this to a walking ''carrot'' and made it ''believable''. Heck, she's why it looks like a carrot in the first place. (The original character design was very squat, as Corman and creature designer Paul Blaisdell figured it was from a high-gravity planet. Bev walked up to it, said "So you're gonna conquer the world, huh? ''Ha!''" and ''kicked it.'' It was quickly decided that the creature would have to be taller than her. Given the usual time and budget restraints of Corman, this translated to "Give it a big tall conehead.")
-->'''Beverly Garland:''' ''[interviewed]'' He said, "Well, we figured it comes from a high-gravity planet, so it ought to be built low to the ground." I said, "Not ''that'' low!"
* TheBadGuyWins: ''Creature From The Haunted Sea''. It's one of his favorite endings.
-->'''Roger Corman:''' We have always killed off our monsters with fire, electricity, floods, whatever. This time the monster wins. The final shot in this picture is the monster sitting on the chest of gold at the bottom of the ocean floor. The skeletons of all the people in the picture are scattered around him and he's picking his teeth. That's it. The monster wins."
* BlackComedy
* CatScare
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority
* CreatorCameo: Particularly funny in his first film ''Monster from the Deep'', where he plays a jack-of-all-trades boathand who the captain calls "our one man crew."
* {{Fanservice}}: Many of his films will have a scene that shows the female lead topless.
** Blatantly obvious in ''HumanoidsFromTheDeep''. He wanted more nudity but the director, Barbara Peeters, refused to shoot it, so he fired her and brought in someone else (in case you were wondering why a movie credited to a female director had so much monster-rape).
** Martin Scorsese recalls that the one piece of advice Corman gave him was "At least once every half hour, there must be nudity or the suggestion thereof."
* FollowTheLeader: [[invoked]] His films basically take whatever movie subjects are popular at the time, and make them cheaper, funnier, and (sometimes) racier.
* GirlsBehindBars: Corman didn't create the trope, but he did popularize it.
* JumpScare
* LineOfSightName: A nurse's union wrote to Corman to complain about one of his films which had an exploitative view of Night Call Nurses. Corman realized he had the title of his next flick.
* TheMockbuster: Did some of these.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Or never trust a movie poster, which had the sole purpose of getting people into the DriveInTheater.
* NoBudget: [[invoked]] Legendary for this, and is still going at it.
* ProductionPosse: [[invoked]] Corman had many regulars, including Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, and Beverly Garland.
* SelfAdaptation: He remade some of his own movies;
** He directed ''The Wasp Woman'' in 1960 and produced the 1995 remake.
** He produced ''Film/DeathRace2000'', its remake, ''Film/DeathRace'' and all of its prequels.
** He was executive producer for the original 1980 ''Humanoids from The Deep'' and produced its 1996 remake.
* StockFootage:
** Some of his early films had to do this to stay within budget. He actually wanted to avoid this in his remake of ''Tower Of London'', but ExecutiveMeddling wouldn't let him.
** Cormon also used to buy quality Soviet sci-fi productions, re-edit them with added scenes, dub them in English and he'd have a cheapie sci-fi movie with quality special effects. He'd also reuse effects from more expensive movies like ''Film/BattleBeyondTheStars''.
* RecurringElement: In his fantasy films. Three Powers of Creation represented by a trio of {{MacGuffin}}s: A chalice, an amulet, and a sword. TheHero must collect all three from an evil wizard each.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Mainly his output from the 70s and onward.
* ThrowItIn: [[invoked]] Some of the best moments in his films are this, as he was alright with letting his actors ad-lib as much as they want.