When you think of the term “living legend,” Roger Corman should be on everyone’s short list. Hollywood outsider, who re-shaped Hollywood into his image, famous for making movies fast and cheap, creating significant work and schlock in equal portions (But we’re not judging. Someone else’s trash could be your treasure). He’s mentored and influenced some of the biggest names in the business, including James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, Joe Dante, Jack Nicholson, Beverly Garland, and many, many more… Gill Jacob, my superb blogathon co-host from Realweegiemidget Reviews, is joining me to celebrate the man, his movies, and his countless mentees. Now, we’re inviting you to join us.
What’s the Corman-verse? IMDB lists more than 500 producing credits (and counting) alone! Not one to simply rest on his laurels, he’s still going strong at the age of 95 (96 on April 5th!). Chances are, whether you know it or not, you’ve probably seen something that involved Mr. Corman. Don’t know where to start? Check out his IMDB and Wikipedia pages.
What does that mean for you, dear blogger (or podcaster)? Thanks to Mr. Corman’s numerous credits, you have virtually endless possibilities (Surprise us!). Anything he’s produced, directed, written are good candidates for the blogathon, but we’re also opening this up to include any actors or filmmakers who have been strongly influenced by Corman – if you can link them to Corman, it’s fair game!
Here are just a few topic suggestions:
· Corman’s “Poe Cycle” of movies (The House of Usher, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, etc…)
· Social consciousness in Corman movies
· Dick Miller’s many appearances in Corman films
· Joe Dante’s early work
· Corman’s numerous disciples
· The ill-fated, unreleased movie, The Fantastic Four (1994)
And just because it’s called a “blogathon,” don’t let that deter you. We will cheerfully accept submissions from your podcast, YouTube channel, Facebook/Instagram post, sea shanties, beat poetry, whatever. Still puzzled about a topic? Feel free to reach out and bounce your idea off us. No reasonable offer will be refused.
What: The Corman-verse Blogathon
Who: Hosted by Yours Truly (Barry P.) and Gill Jacob
Where: Cinematic Catharsis and Realweegiemidget Reviews
When: May 26-28, 2022
How: Please read the rules below, and send me your post request(s) (reviews, podcasts, etc…) via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter (@barry_cinematic), or by commenting below. You may also contact Gill by commenting on her post, or through her blog’s Contact Me page (Be sure to include your preferred name, along with your blog’s title).
And now, the rules…
- If Roger Corman produced, directed, wrote, or appeared the film, you’re welcome to review it. Book reviews are also acceptable. You may also submit reviews of movies from filmmakers that were mentored by Corman.
- Due to the vast number of potential subjects for this blogathon, ABSOLUTELY NO DUPLICATE TITLES WILL BE ACCEPTED (unless it’s part of a career profile or series of films).
- We won’t accept posts that are uncomplimentary or disrespectful to him.
- Review/post choices may be requested as a comment on this page or you may contact me through the methods listed above.
- Add your Twitter username so we can promote your post.
- A full list of blogs and review choices will be posted on a separate page and updated regularly.
- Only original, never-before-published posts will be accepted.
- Limit TWO blog posts per participant, please.
- Send a link of your post(s) to me or Gill on one of the days of the blogathon. Note: We will be publishing all links on both blogs.
- Please also note: Gill and I have already claimed the following titles below:
Barry at Cinematic Catharsis – Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews – Alligator (1980)
One more thing...
If you plan to participate, or just want to show your support, please grab one of the following banners to display on your blog:
We can’t wait to see your submissions. Put on your thinking caps, be creative, and above all, have fun!