Personally, I’m not a fan of either version of Horrors—the 1960 version doesn’t have the budget it needs to get the picture’s admittedly novel concept across, and the 1986 film has a sugary-sweet happy ending tacked on. I prefer
treatment for A Bucket of Blood
(1959), a mordant black comedy about a nebbish (Dick Miller) who becomes the
toast of the art world by murdering people and encasing them in clay. Among the other memorable Corman films he
wrote are It Conquered the World
(1956), Not of This Earth
(1957), Rock All Night
(1957), The Undead (1957) and
The Wild Angels (1966).
Naturally, when working for Roger Corman, you’re going to wind up directing at one time or another—just ask Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Demme, etc., etc., etc. Griffith got the opportunity to sit in the director’s chair on a few occasions, notably the Ron Howard car crash delight Eat My Dust (1976) and Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype (1980), an interesting (if unsuccessful) take on the Dr. Jekyll tale starring Oliver Reed.
Regular readers know that I’m quite enamored of Mr. Corman—the King of the B’s—so when I hear of the passing of one of his loyal minions, I can’t help but be more than a little depressed. R.I.P., Charles—you will be missed.