For the fifth day of the B&S About Movies April Movie Thon, we’re celebrating the birthday of Roger Corman, who has pretty much influenced not only the movies we’ve loved on video and at drive-ins, but literally all of pop culture.

April 5: Roger Corman’s birthday — You have a few movies to choose from, whether Corman produced, director or was involved in them.

I reached out to someone with plenty of real life experience with Corman, Allan Arkush, for what movies best sum up Corman:

“My faves are The Trip, Bucket of Blood, Tomb of Ligeia and Masque of the Red Death. The Wild Angels has a great cast and good scenes, and speaking of good, Attack of the Crab Monsters is so bad it’s GOOD.”

All April long, we’ll have thirty themes as writing prompts. If you’d like to be part of it, you can just send us an article for that day to bandsaboutmovies@gmail.com or post it on your site and share it out with the hashtag #BSAprilMovieThon.

Here are some films that we can recommend to watch today:

The Masque of the Red Death (1964): This isn’t just one of my favorite Corman movies but one of my favorites ever. The ending of this film, when viewed in a foggy drive-in in the middle of the night, was one of the most transcendent experiences of my life.

The Pit and the Pendulum (1961): Corman’s Poe movies are my idea of perfection. Between Vincent Price being berserk, an incredible script by Richard Matheson and Barbara Steele’s eyes haunting your heart, movies don’t get much better than this.

The Trip (1967): Corman was definitely aware of the changes of the 60s and used them to make money. That said, he also employed creatives who would become the voices of the counter-culture like Dennis Hopper, Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

What are you watching today?

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