Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed “King of the Bs” for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this as inaccurate), is an Academy Award-winning American producer and director of low-budget movies, some of which have an established critical reputation: his cycle of films derived from the tales of Edgar Allan Poe for example. Corman is also a sometime actor, taking minor roles in such films as The Silence of the Lambs, The Godfather Part II, Apollo 13 and Philadelphia.
Corman has apprenticed many now-famous directors, stressing the importance of budgeting and resourcefulness; Corman once joked he could make a film about the fall of the Roman Empire with two extras and a sagebrush. One of the most expensive films he produced was Battle Beyond the Stars. —Wikipedia
Not very "good," but Lord, is it fun. Karloff is the only one who gets away with his dignity in this, probably because he's so adept at pantomime. Everyone else is just waving their hands and making faces. Price's best scenes are with the raven. Lorre is parody. Young Nicholson is a trip. It seems all of Corman's best efforts went into costuming and lighting Hazel Court's considerable assets, with great success.