peeptoad wrote: ↑January 14th, 2022, 1:40 pm
One in particular that sticks in my brain is Corman's Young Racers
. It's below 5 on IMDB and is really quite a good film imo. Similar to Halloween III (which is a great film if you remove any connection to the franchise) I think fans of Corman must not like it because it's kind of an outlier on his filmography.
Really glad to see Xtro
so high on your list...still unofficial, criminal!
As to Young Racers
I only have that rated a 6 - and if I'm not the biggest Corman fan here, I don't know who is. I watched it just about a year ago as one of the last films in completing his (director) filmography, and here's what I said:
Corman's first car-racing film is an intriguing but only intermittently successful character study of a seemingly arrogant, thoughtless hot race car driver (William Campbell) on the Grand Prix circuit, and the ex-racer (Mark Damon) writing a story on him who is lured back into racing and competition both for the trophies and women. The race sequences are fine - and if you see Corman's other racing-oriented films you'll see them again, or very, very similar sequences - and the acting is decent, with Patrick Magee (best known for his work in A Clockwork Orange 8 years later) a standout as the owner or manager of the racing team, but it doesn't all quite gel; it's one of a few Corman films that I think could have benefited from a bit more development and a slightly longer running time; with just 84 minutes and a decent chunk of that devoted to racing, we just don't get to know the people well enough.
Every Corman film I've re-watched has improved, or at least not gone down in rating, so maybe this will click more on a second viewing someday.
I have a new add to my list though, and it's a re-watch - I just wasn't done with Dolph Lundgren after going through all the Universal Soldier
flicks and decided to go back to the 80s and comic book-toy nostalgia for Masters of the Universe
which was much more awesome than I remembered it. DP Hanania Baer especially has to be one of the unsung heroes of 80s neon-pink - he also shot Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo
and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark
- and the cheesy sets are glorious also.