Samuel Z. Arkoff - Rotten Tomatoes

Samuel Z. Arkoff

Highest Rated:   92% Dillinger (1973)
Lowest Rated:   0% De Sade (2001)
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Iowa-born law school graduate Samuel Z. Arkoff and his late partner James H. Nicholson, although they never directed movies, were among the most important low-budget producers of the late 1950s as founders of American International Pictures (originally known as American Releasing Corporation). Beginning in 1955, Arkoff and Nicholson filled a niche left behind by the declining major studios, for genre and exploitation films that could round out the double-bills of movie theaters and, later on, form the programs for smaller neighborhood theaters and drive-ins. The budgets of these pictures were low, and often the pictures themselves began as titles (usually conceived by Nicholson) and artwork, with scripts written subsequently: The Female Jungle, Reform School Girl, Sorority Girl, Motorcycle Gang, Drag Strip Girl, The Amazing Colossal Man, and I Was a Teenage Werewolf were just a few of the dozens of movies made or distributed by AIP during its 15 years of existence, many of which were directed and/or produced by Roger Corman. During the 1960s, the budgets of Arkoff's and Nicholson's movies grew. The resulting films, including The Fall of the House of Usher and The Pit and the Pendulum, began attracting a more serious following, even as AIP also ground out the "Beach Party" movies, and exploitation titles like Wild In The Streets. In the early 1970s, AIP moved into bigger-budgeted films, including a very respectable British-made version of Wuthering Heights, starring future James Bond Timothy Dalton as Heathcliff. James H. Nicholson died during the early 1970s, and AIP was sold to Filmways, which evolved into Orion Pictures. Arkoff continued producing films sporadically, and in the early 1990s re-released the bulk of the early films that he had personally produced to home video.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Schlock!: The Secret History of American Movies
  • Actor
2003
50% Teenage Caveman
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider
  • Executive Producer
2002
No Score Yet Drive-in Movie Memories
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster
  • Executive Producer
2001
20% She Creature
  • Executive Producer
2001
0% De Sade
  • Producer
2001
No Score Yet Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet It Conquered Hollywood! The Story of American International Pictures
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Some Nudity Required
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Confessions of a Sorority Girl
  • Producer
1993
29% Final Terror
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1985
No Score Yet Up the Creek
  • Executive Producer
1984
84% Dressed to Kill
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1980
No Score Yet How to Beat the High Cost of Living
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1980
No Score Yet Underground Aces
  • Producer
1980
No Score Yet C.H.O.M.P.S.
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1979
24% The Amityville Horror
  • Executive Producer
1979
No Score Yet California Dreaming
  • Executive Producer
1979
64% Force 10 From Navarone
  • Producer
1978
No Score Yet The Norseman
  • Executive Producer
1978
50% The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • Executive Producer
1977
50% The People That Time Forgot
  • Executive Producer
1977
0% Empire of the Ants
  • Executive Producer
1977
50% The Town That Dreaded Sundown
  • Executive Producer
1976
No Score Yet A Matter of Time
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1976
33% Futureworld
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (Wildcat)
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1976
24% The Food of the Gods
  • Executive Producer
1976
No Score Yet Dragonfly (One Summer Love)
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet Return to Macon County (The Last Escape)
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1975
82% Cooley High
  • Executive Producer
1975
No Score Yet Hennessy
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1975
No Score Yet Madhouse
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1974
No Score Yet Sugar Hill
  • Producer
1974
92% Dillinger
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1973
29% Scream, Blacula, Scream
  • Executive Producer
1973
No Score Yet Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
  • Executive Producer
1973
No Score Yet Little Cigars
  • Producer
1973
48% Blacula
  • Producer
1972
50% Dr. Phibes Rises Again
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1972
No Score Yet Bunny O'Hare
  • Executive Producer
1971
20% Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • Producer
1971
86% The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  • Executive Producer
1971
No Score Yet Angel Unchained
  • Executive Producer
1970
17% Bloody Mama
  • Executive Producer
1970
17% The Dunwich Horror
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1970
No Score Yet Wuthering Heights
  • Producer
1970
No Score Yet Three in the Attic
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1968
65% Wild in the Streets
  • Producer
1968
No Score Yet The Savage Seven
  • Executive Producer
1968
No Score Yet Frankenstein Conquers the World
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet Fireball 500
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Producer
1966
No Score Yet Uchu daikaijû Dogora (Dagora, the Space Monster)
  • Producer
1965
71% Die, Monster, Die!
  • Executive Producer
1965
70% Terrore nello spazio (Planet of the Vampires)
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet Sergeant Deadhead
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
  • Producer
1965
80% Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Producer
1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  • Producer
1965
No Score Yet Ali Baba and the Seven Saracens (Sindbad contro i sette saraceni) (Hawk of Bagdad)
  • Producer
1964
33% Pajama Party
  • Producer
1964
No Score Yet Bikini Beach
  • Producer
1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party
  • Executive Producer
1964
88% The Comedy of Terrors
  • Executive Producer
1964
67% Dementia 13
  • Producer
1963
87% 'X'---The Man With the X-Ray Eyes
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1963
43% Beach Party
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1963
87% Black Sabbath (I Tre volti della paura) (The Three Faces of Fear) (The Three Faces of Terror)
  • Executive Producer
1963
92% The Raven
  • Executive Producer
1963
25% Reptilicus
  • Producer
1963
71% Tales of Terror
  • Producer
1962
No Score Yet The Fury of Achilles
  • Producer
1962
83% Pit and the Pendulum (The Pit and the Pendulum)
  • Executive Producer
1961
No Score Yet Master of the World
  • Producer
1961
No Score Yet Space Men (Assignment Outer Space)
  • Producer
1960
90% The Fall of the House of Usher
  • Producer
1960
73% A Bucket of Blood
  • Executive Producer
1959
No Score Yet The Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow
  • Executive Producer
1959
No Score Yet Horrors of the Black Museum
  • Executive Producer
1959
No Score Yet Paratroop Command
  • Producer
1959
No Score Yet Diary of a High School Bride
  • Executive Producer
1959
No Score Yet Submarine Seahawk
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Earth vs. the Spider
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet Night of the Blood Beast
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Hell Squad
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Teenage Cave Man (Out of the Darkness)
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet How to Make a Monster
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet War of the Colossal Beast
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet High School Hellcats
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1958
No Score Yet Hot Rod Gang
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Machine Gun Kelly
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Suicide Battalion
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Attack of the Puppet People
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Terror from the Year 5000
  • Executive Producer
1958
No Score Yet Reform School Girl
  • Producer
1957
38% The Amazing Colossal Man
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Voodoo Woman
  • Executive Producer
1957
No Score Yet The She-Creature
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1956
No Score Yet Girls in Prison
  • Executive Producer
1956
No Score Yet Day the World Ended
  • Producer
1955

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