Twice-Told Tales
April 1, 2021

Twice-Told Tales (1963) is based on three of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories. Based on the film, I’m surprised that American International Pictures wasn’t involved, but it was United Artists. While it carries the name of his anthology of the same name, only Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment is from the anthology. Vincent Price takes the lead in all…

Matthew Hopkins: Witchfinder General
February 18, 2021

Witchfinder General (1968) (aka The Conqueror Worm) is a collaboration between Tigon British Film Productions and American International Pictures. For the American release, AIP changed the name to Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm to link to other Corman/Poe movies they created. I’m not sure how brilliant that was since this has nothing to do…

Edgar Allan Poe's: Buried Alive
January 21, 2021

Freedom has its limits. Gary Julian As Edgar Allan Poe’s Buried Alive (1989) started playing, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was an American International Pictures film, but that’s not possible since they ceased operations in 1980. Oddly, the musical score sounds like something from them too, not quite Les Baxter, more like Peter…

The Food of the Gods
January 7, 2021

Oh, God, help us. I won’t never sin again, never. Only don’t let no rats eat us. Please God. Mrs. Skinner The Food of the Gods (1976) is an American International Pictures gem that I’m so thankful to the Scream Factory for bringing back into the light. It’s loosely based, and I mean loosely, on…

Blood Bath
November 12, 2020

Blood Bath (1966) – after seeing it again, I don’t get the name, but whatever – is from American International Pictures, and is a total B Movie. It’s artsy like The Cabinet of Caligari (1962) or Carnival of Souls (1962) featuring a beatnik art scene. A very young and svelte Sid Haig plays Abdul the…

The Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes
November 5, 2020

Sci-Fi Horror is always a great combination for me, and when Roger Corman directs it for American International Pictures, I’m pleased as punch. The Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes (1955) is one of those films that by the end of it I was wondering what the fuck I just watched. It has Dick Sargent (the second…

deranged_b
October 22, 2020

From the bizarre opening to the end, I couldn’t help think that Deranged (1974) is a strange copy of Pyscho (1960), then later I saw bits of Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) thrown in though they were released in the same year. The story revolves around Ezra Cobb, who lives/d with his mother and takes care…

Spirits of the Dead
October 15, 2020

Spirits of the Dead (1968) is a strange anthology film containing three Poe stories. While American International Pictures didn’t produce this film, they distributed the English version; I watched the French/Italian version. It’s strange that not all the voices can be heard as they are erased from the soundtrack. I wonder if it’s the same…