Cult-Tastic: Tales From The Trenches With Roger And Julie Corman
Created, written and co-produced by Ashley Sidaway and Robert Sidaway, the 13-part series about the life and work of Roger and Julie Corman, provides viewers an extraordinary look inside the Cormans’ cinematic universe and features extensive in-depth interviews. The series is now available on Shout! Factory TV’s Amazon Prime Video Channel and via Roku Channel’s Premium Subscription.
In the series, the Cormans draw upon their vast filmography and footage from over 130 films spanning seven decades. Within each episode, the legendary filmmakers share insightful stories and defining moments from their movies, recall talent and young filmmakers they fostered, as well as provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on how they produced some of the smallest budget films that went on to achieve box-office gold.
Known for their acute ability to recognize young talent, the Cormans’ lasting legacy will undoubtedly be the legion of producers, directors, writers, and actors they have cultivated. Throughout the series, Roger and Julie recount working with iconic industry talent including Jack Nicholson, Bryan Cranston, Ron Howard, James Cameron, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Joe Dante, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tommy Lee Jones, Angie Dickenson, Francis Coppola, Will Ferrell, Sandra Bullock, among many others.
One of the most prolific and successful film producers in the history of cinema, Roger Corman’s impact on modern American film is prodigious. Referred to as “the King of the Cult film” and “The Pope of Pop Cinema,” Corman has produced more than 350 films and directed 60 others. Honored with an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2009, Corman continues to reign supreme as one of Hollywood’s most masterful and influential filmmakers.
Julie Corman’s film career spans nearly five decades, first as a producer alongside Roger Corman at New World Productions and later as co-founder and Executive Vice President of their production banner New Horizons Pictures Corporation. With over 35 film credits to her name , she has worked with industry heavyweights Martin Scorsese, Jonathan Demme, John Sayles, Catherine Hardwicke, Robert King, Bill Pullman, Martin Sheen, Peter Billingsley, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Jason Priestley and Mario Van Peebles, among others. Julie was previously Chair of the Graduate Film Department at NYU and is currently a member of Women in Film, where she advocates for the advancement of women in the screen industries, gender parity and inclusion, and to ultimately transform culture and policy for women in entertainment.
Cult-Tastic joins an extensive collection of Corman cult classics available across Shout! Factory TV’s platforms. Films discussed in the series, from genre gems Battle Beyond the Stars, Suburbia and Caged Heat, to horror favorites The Slumber Party Massacre, The Wasp Woman and Forbidden World, are also available in their entirety on Shout! Factory TV.
Cult-Tastic Episode List:
1. “Future Worlds” - discussing James Cameron and featuring Battle Beyond the Stars, Deathsport, Nightfall, Starcrash, War of the Satellites
2. “Criminal Lives” - discussing William Shatner, Angie Dickenson, Martin Sheen, F. Murray Abraham and featuring Big Bad Mama , Crazy Mama, The Great Texas Dynamite Chase, Big Bad Mama II, Dillinger and Capone
3. “Comedy” - discussing Ron Howard, Joe Dante, The Ramones and featuring Eat My Dust!, Saturday the 14th, Last Resort , Hollywood Boulevard
4. “Real World” - discussing Jamie Lee Curtis, Peter Bogdanovich, Ben Gazzara and featuring High School Big Shot, Cockfighter, Saint Jack, Suburbia, Love Letters, I Never Promised You A Rose Garden
5. “Outsiders” - discussing Tommy Lee Jones and featuring Angels, Hard As They Come, Black Oak Conspiracy, Bloodfist, Naked Angels, Nashville Girl, The Spy Within
6. “Warrior Women” - discussing Jonathan Demme, Pam Greer and featuring Barbarian Queen, Caged Heat, Silk, The Sisterhood, The Arena, The Hot Box, TNT Jackson
7. “Mad Scientists” - discussing Joe Dante and featuring The Wasp Woman, Forbidden World, Screamers, Brain Dead, The Unborn, Pirahna 1995
8. “Monster Mash” – featuring Humanoids From the Deep, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Night of the Cobra Woman, Demon of Paradise, Creature from the Haunted Sea
9. “Fantasy” – featuring Sorceress, Deathstalker, The Warrior And The Sorceress, Deathstalker II, Wizards of the Lost Kingdom, The Magic Voyage of Sinbad, The Dirt Bike Kid
10. “Survival” – featuring Big Doll House, Jackson County Jail, Battle of Blood Island, Avalanche, The Big Bird Cage
11. “Against All Odds” – featuring Eye of the Eagle, Eye of the Eagle 2, Cocaine Wars, Pit Stop, The Destroyers, Stripped to Kill, The Slumber Party Massacre, Nam Angels
12. “End of the World” – featuring Warlords of the 21 Century, Wheels of Fire, Future Kick, Equalizer 2000, Raiders of the Sun, The Terror Within
13. “Memories” - discussing Jack Nicholson and featuring The Dirt Bike Kid, Last Resort, Big Doll House, Night Call Nurses