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American International Pictures and The Rise of New Hollywood Part 10: The Feel Good 70s Continued from part 9 With the blaxploitation cycle still going AIP continued to grow seeking out new filmmakers in the process. Samuel Arkoff screened a picture in...
Continued from part 8 With the passing of James H. Nicholson and the departure of AIP’s main filmmaking asset, Roger Corman to form his own studio, New World Pictures, Sam Arkoff had a lot to on his plate. In 1971 MGM...
Continued from part 5 The success of Roger Corman’s 'The Wild Angels' kick started a cycle of 'Biker' pictures with films like, 'Hells Angels On Wheels' (1967, s. Jack Nicholson), 'The Glory Stompers' (1967, s. Dennis Hopper), 'The Devil’s Angels'...
A falling out? Continued from Part 7 AIP had been very proud of their track record producing many successful pictures, but in 1969 they produced a couple of flops that they had high hopes for, Angel, Angel Down We Go starring...
Continued from Part 6 What a trip 1967 was the year for rebellion at the cinema and not just at AIP but the majors as well. Bonnie and Clyde, Cool Hand Luke, The Dirty Dozen and The Graduate all appealed to...
The Cycledelic Years. Continued from part 4 1966 is a year I’ve always considered one of the greatest years in pop culture. The mini skirt is all the rage, Batman and Star Trek premiere on TV, The Troggs’ Wild Thing hits...
Continued from Part 3 The 60’s started out with a bang The success of director Roger Corman’s CinemaScope fright fest 'House of Usher' brought a new respect from the press. They were no longer seen as Hollywood bottom feeders but as...
Continued from Part 2 AIP, a force to be reckoned with After the success of 'I Was A Teenage Werewolf', AIP was on a roll. Monsters, Juvenile Delinquents, and 'Rock ‘N’ Roll' was the New Trend. With pictures like 'Dragstrip Girl',...
Continued from Part 1 It’s 1957 and Samuel Z. Arkoff and James H. Nicholson are off and running with their new studio American International Pictures and the success with their low budget horror, sci-fi and westerns, often directed by young...
Here in Southern California, it’s getting darker earlier, leaves are falling, and sunsets are prettier, because half the state is on fire, and you know what that means? It must be fall and Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween...

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