Price and Poe

PRICE AND POE

The Edgar Allan Poe films of Roger Corman and American International Pictures

Roger Corman had proven himself throughout the 1950s as a dependable profit-turner and competent director. Wielding his past success, he asked American International Pictures to show him a little more trust, give him a little more time, a little more money, and for the first time, some color film stock. Eventually, AIP relented, influenced no doubt by the international success of a film company with which they would go on to have a long relationship and more than a few similarities. England’s Hammer made a name for themselves with low budget, wonderfully acted, gorgeously designed horror films dripping with atmosphere and literary tradition.They were huge hits, and Corman thought that AIP could pull off the same trick.

Just as Hammer launched their horror films using Bram Stoker and Mary Shelley as source material, Corman would turn to America’s greatest writer of weird fiction: Edgar Allan Poe.

Links below point to the posts on Teleport City.

“I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.”

— Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher