BE IT KNOWN HERE AND NOW THE FOLLOWING ARE ENSHRINED AND AWARDED A "TOR STATUE" FOR THEIR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE AWEFULFEST GALAXY OF FILM & CULTURAL ENTERTAINMENT.
Honorary First Inductee Dec 1, 2015
October 10, 1924 – December 10, 1978. The poster child for unintentionally funny movies, Ed leaves behind a legacy of films of the horror-sci-fi and social commentary genre, including Glen or Glenda, Jail Bait, Plan 9 From Outer Space, The Violent Years and Bride of the Monster. Known to have a fetish for angora sweaters (indeed there is stong evidence that the protagonist in Glen or Glenda was autobiographical)Wood was infamous for being a cheapskate director. His wife was left with an unpaid bill following his death for a science lab he rented for scenes in a film and he was good at dodging the fees cities and towns charged for filming. Indeed, one actor commented that Ed could complete a scene and have everyone on the set out of there even as the police were approaching!
HAROLD P. WARREN
Inducted Jan. 1, 2016
Oct. 23, 1923 – Dec. 26, 1985. Writer, director, actor, fertilizer salesman. Harold proved that all it took to make a horror movie was someone betting him he couldn’t. After a walk-on role in the TV series Route 66, Warren, an insurance and fertilizer salesman from El Paso, met screenwriter Stirling Silliphant. Warren claimed it wouldn’t be difficult to make a horror film and bet Silliphant that he could make an entire film on his own. With no training whatsoever, Harold set out to make a movie with the help of some local theater actors, $19,000 dollars, and a 16mm Bell & Howell camera. The resulting film, “Manos: The Hands of Fate” previewed at one theater in El Paso in 1966. Words used to describe the movie were, “abysmal”, “tedious”, and “inexplicable”. We rate the film simply,aweful(sic).
Inducted January 9,2016
A former engineering student, Roger Corman entered the picture business as a messenger and ended up a producer/director after a stint as a story analyst and a brief detour to Oxford University. After returning to Hollywood, he saw an opportunity to make money and gain experience by making low-budget films to feed the drive-in and neighborhood theater circuits, which had been abandoned in large part by the major studios. Working from budgets of as little as 50,000 dollars, he quickly learned the art of creating bargain-basement entertainment and making money at it, producing and directing pictures for American International Pictures and Allied Artists. Five Guns West, Apache Woman, The Day the World Ended, It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth, The Undead, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Teenage Doll, Machine Gun Kelly, The Wasp Woman, and Sorority Girl were only a few of the titles, and they were indicative of their subjects.