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In Hollywood they like to say that Roger Corman could negotiate a film's production on a pay phone, shoot the movie in the booth and finance it with the coins in the change slot. A slight exaggeration perhaps, but Corman has built his career on cranking out a staggering number of low-budget features, including the 1960 cult classic The Little Shop of Horrors, which he shot in two days and one night.

Born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Corman made his directorial debut in 1955, and during the '50s and '60s turned out as many as seven films a year. Among the best known are the seven horror movies he made based on Edgar Allen Poe tales -- all but one of which starred Vincent Price and which include The Raven and The Pit and the Pendulum.

In 1971, Corman officially retired from directing; he has continued to produce low-budget films, however, using the proceeds to distribute art films.

Roger Corman in Roger Corman's Death Race 2050

Roger Corman's Death Race 2050

2016 R

Roger Corman is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who's half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his rebel spy co-pilot threatens his legacy.

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