American International Pictures

A Comprehensive Filmography


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About the Book

American International Pictures was in many ways the “missing link” between big-budget Hollywood studios, “poverty-row” B-movie factories and low-rent exploitation movie distributors. AIP first targeted teen audiences with science fiction, horror and fantasy, but soon grew to encompass many genres and demographics—at times, it was indistinguishable from many of the “major” studios.
From Abby to Zontar, this filmography lists more than 800 feature films, television series and TV specials by AIP and its partners and subsidiaries. Special attention is given to American International Television (the TV arm of AIP) and an appendix lists the complete AITV catalog. The author also discusses films produced by founders James H. Nicholson and Samuel Z. Arkoff after they left the company.

About the Author(s)

Rob Craig has been writing about cult film for more than twenty years. His work has been published in such magazines as Videoscope, Screem and Horror-Wood.

Bibliographic Details

Rob Craig
Format: softcover (8.5 x 11)
Pages: 451
Bibliographic Info: 206 photos, appendix, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6631-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3522-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v
Preface 1
Introduction 3
AIP and Friends 5
American International Television Presents 13
The Filmography 27
Die, Filmways, Die! 425
American International Television Syndication Packages 427
Notes 433
Bibliography 434
Index 435

Book Reviews & Awards

• “This annotated filmography by writer and unabashed AIP fan Craig compiles all the movies produced or distributed by AIP, including, for the first time, those released to television networks. As the only complete criticism of AIP’s catalog, this work will be invaluable”—Library Journal

• “The filmography benefits from Craig’s longtime enthusiasm for AIP films, both in theaters and on television. In an era of crowd-sourced IMDb and Wikipedia entries, this work reminds readers that continuity of context in descriptive catalogs provides much added value, creating in the process a basis for studying a body of work as a canon.”—Choice

• “Craig, in his amazingly detailed new book, brings to light the unique magic that was AIP…in-depth analysis…fun and informative reading…very entertaining book”—Pop Culture Classics

• “[Craig’s] analysis of forgotten films and underground cult directors is well researched and well written. Craig treats these often forgotten films and their directors with great respect. Craig never resorts to giving aggressive pot shots to any of the films he writes about”—Plan 9 Crunch

• “Any AIP fan is going to want to own Rob Graig’s American International Pictures…the hefty McFarland & Company paperback delivers the proverbial groceries”—Bookgasm

• “A must…Craig gives us a great history of the AIP, its affiliates, and a great history of the American International Television as well. It’s a great read, like a trip back in time….essential…I know this will be a highly used reference title that I will be going to anytime I’m working on something that AIP was involved with.”—Kitley’s Krypt