Like the titular characters from his classic horror flick “Humanoids from the Deep,” the Hollywood tales about the man behind it and scores of other B-movie gems keep on coming.
Again, Beacon College humanities professor Dr. William Nesbitt has a hand in telling the story. Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, 1970-1983: An Oral History, Vol. 2 is the latest tome recounting the schlockmeister’s entertaining, if low-budget oeuvre and other works. Nesbitt, who served as associate editor on the first volume revisits that role for the second edition.
As the book jacket notes, “In 1970, Roger Corman launched his film production-distribution company New World Pictures. Over the next 13 years, he would supervise the creation and release of more than one-hundred films, including such low-budget classics as “The Big Doll House” (1971), “Battle Beyond the Stars” (1980) and “Galaxy of Terror” (1981).”
This volume collects anecdotes about the art — and the business — of making movies and features interviews with 17 movie professionals who worked for Corman during this the golden age of grindhouse cinema.
Nesbitt interviewed composer Barry Schrader, production designer Alex Hajdu and actors Martin Kove and Robert Englund.
Dr. Nesbitt’s new book Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, 1970-1983: An Oral History, Vol. 2 is available on Amazon, among other outlets.