Hollywood Mourns Indie Legend Roger Corman: “The King of Cult” Dies at 98

Hollywood Mourns Indie Legend Roger Corman: "The King of Cult" Dies at 98
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Leg­endary film­mak­er Roger Cor­man passed away peace­ful­ly this week at his San­ta Mon­i­ca home at the age of 98. 

Known for shap­ing indie cin­e­ma and cult clas­sics like “The Lit­tle Shop of Hor­rors” (1960), Cor­man leaves behind a rich lega­cy of genre-bend­ing films and launched the careers of Hol­ly­wood heavy­weights like Jack Nichol­son and Mar­tin Scorsese.

His daugh­ter, Cather­ine, shared a heart­felt trib­ute: “He was a gen­er­ous, kind soul, loved by all who knew him. When asked how he want­ed to be remem­bered, he sim­ply said, ‘I was a filmmaker.’ ”

Cor­man’s influ­ence goes beyond direct­ing. He was a pro­lif­ic pro­duc­er, launch­ing count­less careers. From sci-fi chills like “Attack of the Crab Mon­ster” (1957) to hor­ror gems like “A Buck­et of Blood” (1959), Cor­man was­n’t afraid to push boundaries.

He even tack­led the works of Edgar Allan Poe, with Vin­cent Price star­ring in his adap­ta­tions of “House of Ush­er” (1960) and “The Masque of the Red Death” (1964). “Masque” remains a favorite for Cor­man, who once said, “The dis­trib­u­tors sug­gest­ed I come to Eng­land to make a Poe pic­ture and take advan­tage of the sub­sidy. It turned out real­ly well!”

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