If Mr. Vincent Price were to be co-starred with Miss Bette Davis in a story by Mr. Edgar Allan Poe directed by Mr. Roger Corman, it could not fully express the pent-up violence and depravity of a single day in the life of the average family.— Quentin Crisp
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I also have experience working with American producer Roger Corman who knows a lot of secrets in making movies look bigger than their budget.
Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.
I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
If you write a movie for Roger Corman, it's going to get made. You saw it almost the next day.
I also got to know Roger Corman a bit while we were on location in Mendocino.
And then, subsequently, a woman who also worked on The Dunwich Horror named Tamara Asseyev and I teamed up and co-produced a picture that I wrote and directed, called Sweet Kill, that Roger Corman's then-new company distributed.
Roger [Corman] didn't actually hire me, though.
I was hired by AIP [American International Pictures], the studio that made the picture, which was Sam Arkoff and Jim Nicholson. It was a great learning experience for me, because not only did I work on the script, but they hired me back to go on location when they were making the movie, to write new scenes and so forth.
My very first professional writing credit was on a movie called The Dunwich Horror, and Roger Corman was the executive producer.
I feel like I'm a graduate of the Roger Corman School of Filmmaking.
I went and visited Roger on the set of Dinoshark and that's in the movie. That's where I really got a big whopping taste of what it's like to be on one of his sets.
Peter Fonda was just this clean, cookie-cutter kind of a guy.
Roger Corman turned him into the motorcycle man with The Wild Angels. Jack Nicholson, all of them, they all had these images that Roger Corman fueled, and Easy Rider, it was a big surprise to understand how much creative influence Roger had. A lot of people dismiss him as just launching famous people's careers or being a penny pinching producer, but he's so much more than that.
First of all, on a cinematic [level], the film answer to that is that Roger Corman was creatively responsible for a lot of cinema history.
I'm a post-Abner Jay kind of guy mixed with Roger Corman and Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.