Rebel filmmaker Roger Corman and producer Julie Corman had a tough time handpicking 30 titles from their vault of 400 films to launch their new "Corman's Drive-In" channel on YouTube. The indie icon popularized genres like dystopian biker flicks, cross-species mutants, space operas and women-in-cages. The final selection appeals to the largest possible segment of YouTube's estimated one billion plus unique users.
"I cast Jack [Nicholson] in his first few pictures," explained Roger Corman, who discovered Nicholson in an acting class. "They're some of his best performances. We'll release those along with other cult classics and some modern titles. We'll screen the best pictures from all six decades."
Julie Corman added: "This is a brave new world. Roger has always been on the cutting-edge and now he's paving the way for independent filmmakers by testing a new distribution platform. Streaming our films opens them up to future generations of fans."
In addition to the 30 movies available on "Corman's Drive-In," there are also sneak peeks of upcoming features, like Sharktopus vs. Pteracuda; and exclusive anecdotes from Roger and Julie themselves, presented as "Corman's Take," which reveal behind-the-scenes insights and trivia. Subscribers will also be able to view an interview with the special effects team from Dinocroc and special edition extended trailers for many of the films.
Offered as a subscription programming service for $3.99 per month, "Corman's Drive-In" will refresh its rotating selection of 30 movie titles regularly, along with "Corman's Take" and other exclusive content every month.
"Corman's Drive-In" will also offer consumers a 14-day free trial subscription.
"Corman's Drive-In" kicks off with Jack Nicholson's debut double-feature. First up is The Crybaby Killer, in which Jack makes his film debut as a juvenile delinquent, who panics when he thinks he's committed murder. It will be followed by Little Shop of Horrors, a crazy beat-era classic film which Corman famously shot in just 2 days with a young Jack playing a masochistic dental patient. Of course, no Corman premiere would be complete without encore showings of Attack of the Crab Monster, Piranha and Sorority House Massacre.
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