Nevermore The Edgar Allen Poe Films of Roger Corman @ Drkrm. Photographs from the collection of David Del Valle

A Photographic Exhibition of
The Edgar Allen Poe Films of Roger Corman
October 21st-November 18th

Roger Corman on set of Masque of the Red Death (1964) credit: Del Valle Archive

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends and where the other begins.” Edgar Allan Poe (1844)

“The works of Poe and the films of Bergman have been lasting influences on my artistic life, yet my only goal as a filmmaker was to be a good craftsman.” Roger Corman (2006)


Roger Corman is a living legend in the film industry. Known for his lean budgets and savvy knowledge of what works in Pop Culture, he is respected as a maverick who made films on his own terms. Between 1960 and 1964, Roger Corman would make eight film adaptations from the works of Edgar Allan Poe, seven of which would star Vincent Price. Not since the Golden Era of Horror in the 1930’s has an actor made such an impact on a genre. Together, Price and Corman became such a team in the public eye that each new Poe production was met with critical as well as world wide, box-office success and a lasting legacy in film history.

The Del Valle Archive and Drkrm Gallery have assembled a collection of rare photographs from these eight films: House of Usher, Pit and the Pendulum, Premature Burial, Tales of Terror, The Raven, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Tomb of Ligeia. Corman’s collaboration with his ensemble of artisans and craftsman would include scriptwriters Richard Matheson, Charles Beaumont and Robert Towne, art director Daniel Haller, composer Les Baxter, and cinematographers Nicolas Roeg and Floyd Crosby. We pay tribute to them, the legendary Roger Corman and the late Vincent Price with this exhibition of their greatest work together, the likes of which we will see… NEVERMORE.

David Del Valle has achieved national recognition as a journalist, columnist, film historian and radio & television commentator. He is one of the leading authorities on the horror/science-fiction/cult & fantasy film genres and has contributed to magazines and media internationally. His articles and interviews have appeared in such publications as Cinefantastique, Scarlet Street, Cult Movies, Fangoria, and Films in Review. David oversees The Del Valle Archive, a collection in progress of thousands of still photographs, artwork and ephemera dealing with the horror/fantasy/sci-fi and cult genres.

Drkrm. Gallery is an exhibition space dedicated to fine art photography, cutting edge and alternative photographic processes, and the display and survey of popular cultural images.

Nevermore will have its opening reception from 7pm until 10pm on Saturday October 21st, 2006. The exhibit will run through November 18th 2006


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