Author: Chris Nashawaty
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
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Roger Corman is known as the "king of the B-movie" for a good reason: He's the all-time greatest at making low-budget genre films that are high-level entertainment. Assuming, of course, that you're the type of movie fan who appreciates crab monsters, "she gods of shark reef," viking women, prehistorical planets, and wasp women. A tireless producer and director, Corman has been releasing campy, lovably cheesy romps since the 1950s, and at their best, Corman pictures are schlocky parties on screen.
You'd think it'd be impossible for any writer to put together a Roger Corman biography that's anywhere near as fun as his movies, but Entertainment Weekly writer/critic Chris Nashawaty has done just that, to a magnificent degree. Crab Monsters, Teenage Cavemen, and Teenage Nurses covers Mr. Corman's colorful career in oral history form, with Nashawaty having interviewed dozens of the man's closest big-name friends and former collaborators (including Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jack Nicholson, all of whom got their industry starts as Corman acolytes) to get lively and insightful anecdotes from on his sets and off. —Matt Barone