Grindhouse Gothic: Roger Corman Directs Edgar Allan Poe
When exploitation cinema’s most visionary impresario took on American literature’s greatest horror writer, it was a match made in hell. Having honed his knack for genre filmmaking with the string of B movies he produced fast and cheap for American International Pictures in the 1950s, Roger Corman began one of the most artistically ambitious projects of his heroic career with a series of brilliantly inventive, hair-raising adaptations of stories by Edgar Allan Poe. These menacing and macabre films, produced between 1960 and 1964, found Corman experimenting with color, lighting, and art direction in sometimes avant-garde ways to achieve their otherworldly gothic atmosphere. They also cemented the immortality of genre legend Vincent Price, who, as star of seven of the eight films, tore into the scenery with diabolical relish.
Directed by Roger Corman • 1960 • United States
Starring Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey
Roger Corman’s celebrated cycle of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations begins here. Convinced that his family’s blood is tainted by generations of evil, Roderick Usher (Vincent Price) is hell-bent on destroyi...
Directed by Roger Corman • 1961 • United States
Starring Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele
Happily-ever-after goes under the knife in this unforgettable horror classic, a saga of murder, madness, and forbidden desire based on one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most diabolical tales. Haunted by the ...
Directed by Rorger Corman • 1962 • United States
Starring Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney
The only one of Roger Corman’s Edgar Allan Poe adaptations not to star Vince Price, this ghoulish tale of murder and suspense casts Ray Milland as a painter whose obsessive fear of being buried alive ...