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10 Horror Directors Who Appeared in Movies They Didn’t Direct


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It’s not surprising, given the number of careers Roger Corman helped start, that he would have cameos in a lot of movies. He appeared in Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader along with John Landis, Apollo 13 from director Ron Howard, and Joe Dante’s The Second Civil War. The thing that is surprising, however, is the quality of films in which he tends to appear. From appearing alongside famous Warner Brothers animated characters in Looney Tunes: Back in Action

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…to standing next to Lance Henriksen in Scream 3.

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Corman’s cameos are of a higher caliber than the average. His longtime mentorship and friendship with director Ted Demme led to parts in The Manchurian Candidate, the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and The Silence of the Lambs, seen here:

His work on the Vincent Price Poe films of the 1960s made him an obvious choice to narrate one of the animated Poe stories in the anthology Extraordinary Tales:

He appeared along with several famous horror luminaries, in a cameo for John Carpenter in Body Bags, shown here:

But perhaps the most surprising appearance is in one of the most famous and honored films of all time. Roger Corman produced Dementia 13, one of Francis Ford Coppola’s earliest films. Years later, when Coppola was making The Godfather Part II, he called on Corman to make an appearance:

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