Arts Desk

West End Cinema Has Roger Corman Fever

It's all about schlock this weekend at the West End Cinema, where Corman's World, a documentary about B-movie king Roger Corman, is set to open tomorrow. Here's what Washington City Paper film critic Tricia Olszewski had to say about the documentary:

Corman’s not all sharktopusses and 60-foot centerfolds, which, along with the parade of commentators recollecting and singing his praises, is the gist of the doc that should be compelling to fans and newbies alike. His demeanor gets significant attention, too: Well-spoken and professorial, Corman admits that he appears the ultimate straight man, though “clearly my unconscious mind is some kind of boiling inferno.”

Still, that's not enough for West End co-owner Josh Levin, who produced the movie and must have a serious case of Cormania. Levin's plumbed the prolific director's catalog to organize late-night screenings of The Fall of the House of Usher, The Little Shop of Horrors, and The Terror. Each starts at 11:50 p.m.

Now, you might not be fluent in Corman's odd brand of film. (And that's OK!) To help, here's a quick guide:

Do you get hot and bothered imagining a young, masochistic Jack Nicholson? Go to Little Shop on Saturday.

Do you never tire of seeing Vincent Price creep everybody out in Edgar Allen Poe adaptations? Catch House of Usher, showing on Friday.

Wanna see a movie that's so awful, even Corman called it confusing? Sunday's Terror screening is for you. And God help your soul.

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