My Collection of Amicus Films

Just look for the Subotsky-Rosenberg label!

Often regarded as Hammer's poor relation, the little production company known as Amicus established a distinctive identity all its own and was brought into being through the collaboration of two managing partners whose tempestuous relationship gave lie to the amiable company name.

Milton Subotsky, an engineering major, and Max J. Rosenberg, a lawyer, were two New York-based, would-be producers with polar opposite personalities who partnered on a few films Stateside under the Vanguard label before shifting the operation to England as Amicus. Starting with a slate that included a couple of hard-hitting dramas, four rock musicals, a family film and only one actual horror movie, the duo decided to capitalize on the appetite for fright films that Hammer had recently awakened.

It is a bit ironic that Amicus would perpetually be in Hammer's shadow since they had actually kick-started the Hammer juggernaut when Subotsky wrote a screenplay adaptation of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" which Rosenberg then sold to Hammer through a middle-man. Although Subotsky's treatment was supposedly scrupulously faithful to the source material, Hammer scribe Jimmy Sangster significantly re-shaped the script into the film that would put Hammer on the map: "The Curse of Frankenstein".

While Amicus and Hammer films often get confused with one another due to the use of similar casts and crews, there are three trademarks to most of Amicus' horror output: setting, structure and theme. Amicus horror almost always has a contemporary setting, usually is structured as an anthology and often features a theme of bleak moral relativism. Hammer films, by contrast, generally have Victorian/Edwardian settings, stand-alone narrative structure and themes of black-and-white Manichean morality. While yielding a distinct aesthetic difference, it should be noted that such choices were largely made for budgetary reasons as modern dress and shorter shooting schedules for costly cast members were cheaper.

Despite a few forays into other genres such as sci-fi, drama and adventure, horror was the name of the game with only the Dr. Who and Burroughs films making a splash outside the company's usual fare. In the end, a third managing partner named John Dark who was brought on board by Rosenberg began exerting his own influence which brought the volatile relationship between Milton and Max to the boiling point resulting in a dissolution of the partnership. All three men went on to produce their own projects individually.

However, Rosenberg kept the company's copyright alive and, 30 years later, two new movies have been made under the Amicus label by his successor paralleling Hammer's similar resurrection.

As Amicus films are defined as much by the men who made them as they are by their content, the list below includes all the movies I own that bear their fingerprints. Entries 1-5 are Proto-Amicus films from the American Vanguard years, entries 6-32 are Classic Amicus films from the British period, entries 33-38 are Post-Amicus projects by Dark, Subotsky and Rosenberg, respectively, and entries 39-40 are the Neo-Amicus releases.
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1.
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young teenage girl (Tuesday Weld) desperately tries to earn enough money to buy a dress for a school rock and roll dance... (85 mins.)
Director: Will Price
“ *** Proto-Amicus ***

DVD Distributor: Network [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
2.
Jamboree! (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Pete Porter and Honey Wynn become overnight sensations as a romantic singing duo. But what will become of their budding love affair when their feuding... (86 mins.)
Director: Roy Lockwood
“ UK Title: Disc Jockey Jamboree

DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video ” - oxhine
 
3.
The Last Mile (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A prison break is attempted the same night an execution occurs on death row. (81 mins.)
Director: Howard W. Koch
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Archive ” - oxhine
 
4.
The City of the Dead (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England... (78 mins.)
Director: John Moxey
“ US Title: Horror Hotel

DVD Distributor: VCI Entertainment

{uncut UK version} ” - oxhine
 
5.
Girl of the Night (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Girl of the Night is about Bobbie (Anne Francis), a sensitive, lonely call girl who is manipulated and ultimately used by her madame, played by Kay Medford. (93 mins.)
Director: Joseph Cates
“ DVD Distributor: Warner Archive ” - oxhine
 
6.
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Aboard a British train, mysterious fortune teller Dr. Schreck uses tarot cards to read the futures of five fellow passengers. (98 mins.)
Director: Freddy Francis
“ *** Classic Amicus ***

DVD Distributor: Anchor Bay [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
7.
The Skull (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit. (83 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: Legend Films
(The Cult Horror Collection)

{grouped with "The Deadly Bees" and Hammer's "The Man Who Could Cheat Death"} ” - oxhine
 
8.
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks. (82 mins.)
Director: Gordon Flemyng
“ DVD Distributor: Optimum Home Releasing [Region 2]
(The Dalek Collection)

{paired with "Daleks -- Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D."} ” - oxhine
 
9.
The Psychopath (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Four men who were involved in the investigation of a German millionaire at the end of the Second World War are found murdered with tiny dolls left next to their corpses. (82 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: Collector's DVD-R ” - oxhine
 
10.
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The Daleks' fiendish plot in 2150 against Earth and its people is foiled when Dr. Who and friends arrive from the 20th century and figure it out. (84 mins.)
Director: Gordon Flemyng
“ DVD Distributor: Optimum Home Releasing [Region 2]
(The Dalek Collection)

{paired with "Dr. Who and the Daleks"} ” - oxhine
 
11.
The Terrornauts (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A group of scientists are kidnapped and taken into outer space aboard a saucer. (77 mins.)
“ DVD Distributor: Collector's DVD-R ” - oxhine
 
12.
The Deadly Bees (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Trouble strikes when an exhausted pop singer, sent on a vacation to a farm, realizes that the farm's owner grows deadly bees. (84 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: Legend Films
(The Cult Horror Collection)

{grouped with "The Skull" and Hammer's "The Man Who Could Cheat Death"} ” - oxhine
 
13.
They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose. (85 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: Studio Canal [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
14.
Danger Route (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
During the Cold War, a British secret agent is ordered to kill a Soviet-bloc defector held by the CIA in England but this straightforward mission turns into a convoluted plot involving double-agents. (92 mins.)
Director: Seth Holt
“ DVD Distributor: Collector's DVD-R ” - oxhine
 
15.
Torture Garden (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An anthology of four short horror stories about people who visit Dr. Diabolo's fairground haunted-house attraction show. (93 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment ” - oxhine
 
16.
The Birthday Party (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The down-at-heel lodger in a seaside boarding house is menaced by two mysterious strangers, who eventually take him away. (123 mins.)
“ DVD Distributor: Pearson Television Video [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
17.
A Touch of Love (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A young London girl studying a doctorate in the British museum spends her nights trying to avoid the sexual admiration of men in her life. (107 mins.)
Director: Waris Hussein
“ Original UK Title: A Touch of Love

DVD Distributor: Optimum Home Releasing [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
18.
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London; the police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist. (95 mins.)
Director: Gordon Hessler
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Video
(Midnite Movies)

{paired with the non-Amicus "The Oblong Box"} ” - oxhine
 
19.
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A man who has been in a coma since infancy is awakened. (92 mins.)
Director: Alan Cooke
“ DVD Distributor: Sony Archive ” - oxhine
 
20.
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the UK. (102 mins.)
Director: Peter Duffell
“ DVD Distributor: Lions Gate Home Entertainment ” - oxhine
 
21.
I, Monster (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr... (75 mins.)
Director: Stephen Weeks
“ DVD Distributor: Optimum Home Releasing [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
22.
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In order to collect inheritance money, a slacker tries to induce a heart attack in his invalid grandmother by convincing her that she's become the target of youth supremacists who want to enact a genocide on the elderly. (93 mins.)
Director: Bill Bain
“ DVD Distributor: Collector's DVD-R ” - oxhine
 
23.
Asylum (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum. (88 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ DVD Distributor: Dark Sky Films ” - oxhine
 
24.
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
“ DVD Distributor: 20th Century Fox Home Video
(Midnite Movies)

{paired with edited version of "Vault of Horror"} ” - oxhine
 
25.
The Vault of Horror (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An anthology of five horror stories shared by five men trapped in the basement of an office building. (87 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ DVD Distributor: VIPCO [Region 2]

{uncut UK version} ” - oxhine
 
26.
And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
England, 1795: the young Catherine has just married Charles Fengriffen and moves into his castle. She becomes the victim of an old curse that lays on the family. On her wedding night she is raped by a ghost and gets pregnant. (91 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ DVD Distributor: Dark Sky Films ” - oxhine
 
27.
From Beyond the Grave (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An anthology of four short horror stories revolving around a British antique shop and its mysterious owner. (97 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ DVD Distributor: Warner Home Video ” - oxhine
 
28.
Madhouse (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will. (92 mins.)
Director: Jim Clark
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Video
(Midnite Movies)

{paired with the non-Amicus "Theater of Blood"} ” - oxhine
 
29.
The Beast Must Die (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one? (93 mins.)
Director: Paul Annett
“ DVD Distributor: Dark Sky Films ” - oxhine
 
30.
The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
During World War I, a German U-boat sinks a British ship and takes the survivors on board. After it takes a wrong turn... (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Video
(Midnite Movies)

{paired with "The People That Time Forgot"} ” - oxhine
 
31.
At the Earth's Core (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A Victorian era scientist and his assistant take a test run in their Iron Mole drilling machine and end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic bird and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen. (89 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Video
(Midnite Movies)

{grouped with "The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes", "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" and "War-Gods of the Deep"} ” - oxhine
 
32.
The People That Time Forgot (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A sequel to The Land That Time Forgot. Major Ben McBride organises a mission to the Antarctic wastes... (90 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ DVD Distributor: MGM Video
(Midnite Movies)

{paired with "The Land That Time Forgot"} ” - oxhine
 
33.
Warlords of the Deep (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Searching for the lost world of Atlantis, Prof. Aitken, his son Charles and Greg Collinson are betrayed by the crew of their expedition's ship... (96 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ *** Post-Amicus John Dark ***

Original UK Title: Warlords of Atlantis

DVD Distributor: Cinema Club [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
34.
Arabian Adventure (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An evil magician seeks to gain power by obtaining a magic rose. A peasant boy and a prince join forces to stop him. (98 mins.)
Director: Kevin Connor
“ DVD Distributor: Optimum Home Releasing [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
35.
The Martian Chronicles (1980 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Earth sends its first manned probe to Mars in 1999, and a jealous Martian murders the two astronauts when his wife has erotic dreams of meeting them... (360 mins.)
“ *** Post-Amicus Milton Subotsky ***

DVD Distributor: MGM Video ” - oxhine
 
36.
The Monster Club (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A writer of horror stories is invited to a "monster club" by a mysterious old gentleman. There, three... (104 mins.)
Director: Roy Ward Baker
“ DVD Distributor: Network [Region 2] ” - oxhine
 
37.
Cat People (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard. (118 mins.)
Director: Paul Schrader
“ *** Post-Amicus Max J. Rosenberg ***

DVD Distributor: Universal Pictures ” - oxhine
 
38.
Dance with the Devil (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A psychotic criminal couple kidnaps a random teenage couple. The woman rapes the male captive, and lets him watch his lover being raped by the man. They then plan to sacrifice the couple. (126 mins.)
“ Original Title: Perdita Durango

DVD Distributor: Metrodome [Region 2]

{uncut 2006 DVD re-release version} ” - oxhine
 
39.
Stuck (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young woman commits a hit-and-run, then finds her fate tied to her victim. (85 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
“ *** Neo-Amicus ***

DVD Distributor: Image Entertainment ” - oxhine
 
40.
It's Alive (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  
A baby born to a human couple turns out to be a mutant monster with an appetite to kill when scared. (80 mins.)
Director: Josef Rusnak
“ DVD Distributor: First Look Studios ” - oxhine