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Movie Madness University: Online


MMU Online is a virtual education program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness, featuring lectures and interactive discussions hosted by film experts.

Throughout January 2021, we will be presenting our Roger Corman Master Class, a four-week course exploring Corman's remarkably diverse and prolific career, from the low-budget sci-fi movies of the 1950s, through his chronicle of the rebellious counterculture of the 1960s, to the exploitation and horror films of the '70s and '80s.

The Roger Corman Master Class will be hosted by Hollywood Theatre head programmer Dan Halsted. Dan will be joined by four acclaimed filmmakers, three of whom were mentored by Corman: Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante. Filmmaker Alex Stapleton (CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL) rounds out this incredible roster of Corman experts. These guests will join in livestreamed discussions and take questions from the audience.

The films that the course will focus on are detailed below, and classes will be held every Tuesday in January 2021. Tickets are $12 per individual class, or $45 for a 4-class package. Hollywood Theatre Members and Movie Madness Members can get a 4-class package for $35.

About the instructor:
Dan Halsted is a film collector and programmer who has hosted dozens of special guests at the Hollywood over the years, including Quentin Tarantino, Pam Grier, and Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA. He has also presented his collection of rare 35mm prints in theaters across the country and online with RZA as part of 36 Cinema.

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THE INTRUDER (1962) with special guest Alex Stapleton
Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 7:00pm

After nearly a decade of directing genre films, Roger Corman turned to dramatic social commentary with this film about a charismatic stranger (William Shatner) who stirs up racist sentiment in a small Southern town to prevent school integration from happening there. This lightning rod of a film is blistering in its critique of American racism, and considered by many to be Corman's masterpiece. Alex Stapleton, director of the critically-acclaimed documentary CORMAN'S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL, joins us for the discussion.


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TARGETS (1968) with special guest Peter Bogdanovich
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 7:00pm

Corman is well known for his "two movies for the price of one" approach to filmmaking. Once the cast and crew were on location, he'd direct the primary film. Then he'd have one of his young proteges make a secondary film, shooting new scenes with the actors and incorporating footage from the primary film.

TARGETS is the best example of a "secondary" movie, in which an unhinged Vietnam vet suddenly goes on a brutal shooting spree that culminates at a drive-in movie theater, where a horror film icon (Boris Karloff) is making an appearance. Director Peter Bogdanovich joins us for the discussion.


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THE LADY IN RED (1979) with special guest John Sayles
Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 7:00pm

In 1970, Julie Corman married Roger Corman, and began producing movies as well. Using the same core group of actors and directors, she produced a string of hits in the 1970s and ’80s. Her best film was THE LADY IN RED, written by John Sayles (MATEWAN) and directed by Lewis Teague. Writer John Sayles joins us for the discussion.

Set during the Great Depression, a young woman (Pamela Sue Martin) leaves the family farm and heads to Chicago, where she becomes the unsuspecting girlfriend of notorious gangster John Dillinger. Fed up with the limits society has placed upon her, she grabs a Tommy Gun and sets out with a plan.


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PIRANHA (1978) with special guest Joe Dante
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, at 7:00pm

In the wake of the success of JAWS, dozens of films attempted to cash in on what became an "animals on a rampage" craze. One of the best is this fast-paced and highly entertaining Roger Corman production (written by John Sayles), featuring thousands of piranhas that are accidentally released into a river near a summer camp. Director Joe Dante joins us for the discussion.


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The Roger Corman Master Class would not be possible without the support of our fantastic sponsors:

Laura Claar Aujero
Libby Burke and Brad Robison
Mike Egan
Eric Stolze

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What is MMU Online?

MMU Online is a virtual education program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness, featuring lectures and discussions hosted by film experts. Past courses have included A HARD DAY'S NIGHT with writer Shawn Levy; THE CHINESE BOXER with Hollywood Theatre Head Programmer Dan Halsted; a discussion with ROMY & MICHELE creator Robin Schiff, and more.

How does it work?

Find and watch the film. Please note that MMU is not offering direct access to any films. All MMU featured films are available to rent on major VOD services for under $5.

Submit questions in advance. Email us any questions you’d like the instructor to answer! You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the seminar, but giving us some advance notice helps us better prepare. Send questions to

Join us for a virtual seminar, where our instructor will discuss the film in more detail and answer your questions.

What if I'm interested in a class, but can't make the appointed time?

Recordings will be made available to all ticket buyers within 2-3 days of the event. Additionally, Hollywood Theatre members receive full access to an archive of past classes, which post 4-6 weeks after the event.

What if I can't afford the class?

We are committed to making our education offerings as accessible as possible. Full tuition waivers are always available. If cost is a barrier, please fill out this form to receive a tuition waiver.

For content considerations or information about age appropriateness, please email

Hollywood Theatre/Movie Madness members receive discounts on courses and access to our archive of past courses.