[[quoteright:250:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Roger_Corman_1553.jpg]]

->''"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 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, ''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/HouseOfUsher'', featuring a legendary performance from Price, and ''Film/TheHauntedPalace'', which was the first [[LovecraftOnFilm screen adaptation]] of an Creator/HPLovecraft story, [[DolledUpInstallment dolled up]] for the Poe series. Also directed ''Film/TheLittleShopOfHorrors'' in 1960; it was filmed in exactly two days, a world record. By the mid-'70s, he operated his own studios, New World Pictures[[note]]later known for owning MarvelComics and being a crucial player in the mid-90's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1994_United_States_broadcast_TV_realignment TV station shuffle]] [[/note]], but left in 1981 and formed a company called New Concorde.

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 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 [[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 never directed an actual B-movie in his career.

!!Tropes That Apply To This Filmmaker:
* BerserkButton: Don't bring up ''[[MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' in his presence. Just ''don't!''
* CelebrityEndorsement: Has a lot of fans in the industry, including Creator/QuentinTarantino.
* TheCameo: During the 70s, 80s and 90s, he often showed up in his proteges' movies, including such respected films as ''Film/TheGodfather Part II'', ''Film/{{Philadelphia}}'', ''[[Film/{{Apollo13}} Apollo 13]]'', and ''TheSilenceOfTheLambs''.
* IGaveMyWord: One of the reasons why Corman is so fondly remembered by those who worked for him, despite paying them a pittance. In HorribleHollywood where promises are cheap, this is no small thing.

!!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.
-->"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: 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 nurses 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: Legendary for this, and is still going at it.
* 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''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Mainly his output from the 70s and onward.
----