Charles B. Griffith

Charles B. Griffith

  • Highest Rated: 92% The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
  • Lowest Rated: 63% The Wild Angels (1966)
  • Birthday: Sep 23, 1930
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • One of the kings of American B-movies, scriptwriter Charles B. Griffith made his name under the aegis of drive-in godfather Roger Corman, authoring such low-budget classics as A Bucket of Blood (1959), Little Shop of Horrors (1960), and Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961, among several dozen others). In each of these outings, Griffith took standard, Z-grade material and elevated it to a higher sphere by injecting mordant black humor, witty dialogue, and clever characterizations. Griffith originally began his career by moving to Hollywood in an effort to help his grandmother, an established radio star, break into television. In the process, he became acquainted with Corman through a friend and landed his first assignment -- scripting It Conquered the World. Alongside Corman, Griffith moved into biker-themed material in the late '60s by authoring such vehicles as The Wild Angels and Devil's Angels. He also penned an early draft of The Trip, Corman's LSD opus, but the producer rejected it (and hired an early Jack Nicholson to rescript) because he felt that Griffith's draft glorified drug use. In his later years, Griffith moved into directing, on such projects as Up from the Depths (1979) and Smokey Bites the Dust (1981). Griffith died in September 2007 at age 77.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2 Director 1989
No Score Yet Smokey Bites the Dust Director 1981
No Score Yet Dr. Heckyl and Mr. Hype Screenwriter Director 1980
No Score Yet Up from the Depths Director 1979
No Score Yet Eat My Dust! Screenwriter Director 1976
No Score Yet Hollywood Boulevard Mark Dentine 1976
83% Death Race 2000 Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet Devil's Angels Screenwriter 1967
63% The Wild Angels Screenwriter 1966
No Score Yet Atlas Screenwriter 1961
92% The Little Shop of Horrors Screenwriter 1960
No Score Yet Ski Troop Attack Screenwriter 1960
75% A Bucket of Blood Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Beast from Haunted Cave Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet Teenage Doll Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Rock All Night Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Not of This Earth Screenwriter 1957
67% Attack of the Crab Monsters Tate Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet The Undead Screenwriter 1957
No Score Yet Flesh and the Spur Screenwriter 1956
80% It Conquered the World Pete Shelton Screenwriter 1956
No Score Yet Gunslinger Screenwriter 1956

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