Hey, Budding Unknown Directors – Roger Corman Interested In Your 2 Minute Quarantine Film

Death Race 2000 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

This sounds like a fun, creative challenge issues by legendary B-movie man Roger Corman (Death Race 2000) who is credited with starting the careers of directors like Martin Scorsese. James Cameron, Francis Ford Coppola and others.

The criteria for submissions, as outlined by Corman, are simple. The films, which can be about “anything you can imagine,” must be less than two minutes. They must be shot in or around your home. (“The cast can be your family or whoever is in your house with you.”) And the only equipment allowed is “your cellphone and the lights and lamps you have at your house.”

B-movie icon Roger Corman wants to see your quarantine film – Los Angeles Times

We need more people like Corman in the movie making business. He knew how to get more out of less, which will even be more important in the future post pandemic movie production budgetary environment.

$300,000. That’s all Death Race 2000 cost to make. What would it cost in 2020 to make? Still less than a couple million dollars. Blumhouse has ripped a page from Corman’s budget filmmaking 101. More need to follow.

Scary Eye Horror

The opening of X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes (1963) starts with a long shot of a human eyeball

There are various subgenres of horror. Movies about specific types of the body like severed hands, feet, arms, legs, etc, but nothing to me is more unsettling than eyes. The earliest horror movie I remember seeing involving eyes was Roger Corman’s X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️½ (#2 so far in our October 2019 Challenge). I saw it in my teens and was disturbed.

What makes this movie so unsettling, and that is a familiar theme of movies in the 60s and 70s and even some in the 80s is that the focus isn’t on blood, gore and psychopaths roaming around. It’s more of a quiet, make viewers think, horror. Why is this doctor experimenting trying to see beyond what normal humans can see? In the beginning, there seem to be some practical uses to having Superman’s x-ray vision, but what if you go farther than that? What will you see?

Oooo, I’m shivering just thinking about it.

Films like this are what I enjoy so much about horror. It doesn’t have to be a bunch of murder and mayhem. In fact, I think horror fans have been a little desensitized to films that rely on the (often overuse) jump scene. Instead, I think horror that makes you think can be scarier. Make me think about why somebody is doing something they know is causing damage, and just keep doing it .. and doing it. Shudder.

This film is part of our October 2019 Challenge. Here are the films watched and reviewed this month so far in our quest to 66+ horror films (ranked by most to least scariest):

  1. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  3. Child’s Play (1988)⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  4. Children of the Corn (1984) ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Leprechaun 3 ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Leprechaun In The Hood ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. You Can’t Kill Stephen King ½

Anything rated less than three stars is not usually recommended. Click on the title to read the review.