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5.0 out of 5 stars King of Exploitation Pictures, 11 Aug 2010
P. Rowe "wheathill" (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Mind Warp!-The Story of New World Pictures (Paperback)
Whilst I have little desire to see any of Corman's movies I can think of few greater pleasures than reading the outrageous manner in which he made them. Corman made cheap, disposable drive-in fodder like no other producer before or after him and consequently became a very rich man as a result. In the course of his work he gave breaks to (deep breathe) James Cameron, Joe Dante, Martin Scorcese, Francis Coppola, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Gale Anne Hurd, John Sayles and a host of others. With that kind of cast list it ends up as a quite extraordinary Hollywood story that Koetting tells in entertaining detail. He has clearly sat through all the schlock, gone through every back issue of Famous Monsters and the rest and pieced together great quotes about Corman and the making of his pictures. He also includes a range of reviews for each of the pictures that Corman made or bought and distributed before sharing the rental gross from the time (approximately half of what would be reported as box office gross today).

If you are interested in Hollywood or alternatively the output from studios like Hammer, Amicus and all you will find that compared to Corman noone knows better how to penny-pinch on a movie. This books is probably as defintive as Wayne Kinsey's two volumes on Hammer (Hammer Films: The Bray Studios YearsHammer Films: The Elstree Studios Years and Jonathan Rigby's excellent English Gothic (English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema and as such is much recommended.
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Mind Warp!-The Story of New World Pictures
Mind Warp!-The Story of New World Pictures by Christopher T Koetting (Paperback - 25 Sep 2009)
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