Samuel Z. Arkoff (1918–2001)

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By the early 1950s, future movie mogul Samuel Z. Arkoff was a brash 30-ish lawyer scratching out a living by representing his in-laws and the Hollywood fringe, which included many of now infamous director/angora-clad transvestite Edward D. Wood Jr.'s social circle. As a shark, Arkoff was physically imposing and capable of scaring the snot out of ... See full bio »

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Dressed to Kill Producer
Reptilicus Producer


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 2002 Teenage Caveman (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2001 The Day the World Ended (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2001 How to Make a Monster (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2001 Earth vs. the Spider (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2001 She Creature (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1999 The Haunting (executive producer - uncredited)
 1985 Hellhole (executive producer)
 1984 Up the Creek (executive producer)
 1983 The Final Terror (executive producer - uncredited)
 1982 Q (executive producer - uncredited)
 1981 Underground Aces (executive producer)
 1980 Dressed to Kill (executive producer - uncredited)
 1980 The Earthling (producer - uncredited)
 1980 How to Beat the High Cost of Living (executive producer)
 1980 Gorp (executive producer)
 1980 Nothing Personal (executive producer - uncredited)
 1980 Defiance (executive producer - uncredited)
 1979 C.H.O.M.P.S. (executive producer)
 1979 Meteor (executive producer - uncredited)
 1979 Seven (executive producer)
 1979 Something Short of Paradise (executive producer)
 1979 Jaguar Lives! (executive producer)
 1979 The Amityville Horror (executive producer)
 1979 Sunnyside (executive producer)
 1979 California Dreaming (executive producer)
 1979 The Evictors (executive producer)
 1979 Love at First Bite (executive producer)
 1979 The Visitor (executive producer - uncredited)
 1978 The Norseman (executive producer)
 1978 Force 10 from Navarone (executive producer)
 1978 Matilda (executive producer)
 1978 High-Ballin' (executive producer)
 1978 Here Come the Tigers (executive producer - uncredited)
 1978 Youngblood (executive producer)
 1978 Jennifer (executive producer - uncredited)
 1978 Mean Dog Blues (executive producer)
 1978 Our Winning Season (executive producer)
 1977 The Incredible Melting Man (executive producer - uncredited)
 1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover (executive producer)
 1977 The Chosen (executive producer - english version)
 1977 Record City (executive producer)
 1977 Rolling Thunder (executive producer)
 1977 Final Chapter: Walking Tall (executive producer)
 1977 Cracking Up (executive producer)
 1977 Empire of the Ants (executive producer)
 1977 The Island of Dr. Moreau (executive producer)
 1977 The People That Time Forgot (executive producer)
 1977 Joyride (executive producer)
 1977 Breaker! Breaker! (executive producer - uncredited)
 1977 Tentacles (executive producer - english version, uncredited)
 1977 Jungle Holocaust (executive producer - english version)
 1977 Chatterbox! (executive producer)
 1976 Escape from Angola (executive producer - uncredited)
 1976 The Monkey Hu$tle (executive producer)
 1976 The Town That Dreaded Sundown (executive producer)
 1976 Scorchy (executive producer)
 1976 A Matter of Time (executive producer)
 1976 The House by the Lake (executive producer)
 1976 J.D.'s Revenge (executive producer)
 1976 Futureworld (executive producer)
 1976 At the Earth's Core (executive producer - uncredited)
 1976 Special Delivery (executive producer)
 1976 Squirm (executive producer)
 1976 The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday (executive producer)
 1976 The Food of the Gods (executive producer)
 1976 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (executive producer - uncredited)
 1976 Who Can Kill a Child? (executive producer - english version)
 1976 Shout at the Devil (producer - uncredited)
 1976 Dragonfly (executive producer)
 1976 Street People (executive producer)
 1976 Strange Shadows in an Empty Room (executive producer - english version)
 1975 The Assassination at Sarajevo (executive producer - english version)
 1975 Hennessy (executive producer)
 1975 Return to Macon County (executive producer)
 1975 Cooley High (executive producer)
 1975 The Wild Party (executive producer)
 1974 Abby (executive producer)
 1974 The Land That Time Forgot (producer - uncredited)
 1974 Madhouse (executive producer)
 1974 Sugar Hill (executive producer)
 1973 Hell Up in Harlem (executive producer)
 1973 Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (executive producer)
 1973 Heavy Traffic (producer)
 1973 Scream Blacula Scream (executive producer)
 1973 Dillinger (executive producer)
 1973 Coffy (executive producer - uncredited)
 1972 Blacula (executive producer)
 1972 Slaughter (executive producer)
 1972 Dr. Phibes Rises Again (executive producer)
 1972 Boxcar Bertha (executive producer - uncredited) / (producer - uncredited)
 1972 Baron Blood (executive producer - US version, uncredited)
 1972 Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (producer)
 1971 Bunny O'Hare (executive producer)
 1971 Godzilla vs. Hedorah (executive producer - American version, uncredited)
 1971 Murders in the Rue Morgue (executive producer)
 1971 The Abominable Dr. Phibes (executive producer)
 1970 Wuthering Heights (producer)
 1970 Up in the Cellar (producer)
 1970 Space Amoeba (producer - US version)
 1970 Cry of the Banshee (producer)
 1970 Dorian Gray (executive producer)
 1970 Bloody Mama (executive producer)
 1970 The Dunwich Horror (producer)
 1970 An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (executive producer)
 1969 Two Gentlemen Sharing (executive producer - uncredited)
 1969 De Sade (producer)
 1969 Chastity (executive producer - uncredited)
 1968 Three in the Attic (executive producer)
 1968 The Savage Seven (executive producer)
 1968 Wild in the Streets (producer)
 1968 Witchfinder General (executive producer - uncredited)
 1967 Devil's Angels (executive producer)
 1967 Thunder Alley (executive producer)
 1966 Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (executive producer)
 1966 The Wild Angels (executive producer)
 1966 Fireball 500 (producer)
 1966 Queen of Blood (producer - uncredited)
 1966 The Big T.N.T. Show (Documentary) (executive producer)
 1965 Monster of Terror (executive producer)
 1965 Spy in Your Eye (presentation producer - english version)
 1965 Planet of the Vampires (executive producer)
 1965 Sergeant Dead Head (producer)
 1965 Frankenstein Conquers the World (executive producer) / (producer - US version)
 1965 How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (producer)
 1965 Ski Party (co-executive producer - uncredited)
 1965 City in the Sea (executive producer - uncredited)
 1965 Beach Blanket Bingo (producer)
 1964 The Tomb of Ligeia (producer - uncredited)
 1964 Pajama Party (producer)
 1964 Dogora (executive producer - US dubbed version)
 1964 Bikini Beach (producer)
 1964 Crypt of the Vampire (executive producer: US version)
 1964 Muscle Beach Party (executive producer)
 1964 War of the Zombies (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 The Comedy of Terrors (producer)
 1963 Hercules and the Masked Rider (presentation producer - english version)
 1963 The Lost World of Sinbad (producer - english version)
 1963 The Haunted Palace (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Black Sabbath (executive producer - uncredited)
 1963 Matango (executive producer - english version, uncredited)
 1963 Beach Party (executive producer)
 1963 X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (executive producer)
 1963 Operation Bikini (executive producer)
 1963 The Raven (executive producer)
 1963 Summer Holiday (executive producer - US prints only)
 1962 Fury of Achilles (producer)
 1962 Panic in Year Zero (executive producer)
 1962 Tales of Terror (executive producer)
 1962 Invasion of the Star Creatures (producer - uncredited)
 1962 Premature Burial (producer - uncredited)
 1961 Journey to the Seventh Planet (producer - uncredited)
 1961 Pit and the Pendulum (executive producer)
 1961 Master of the World (executive producer)
 1961 Reptilicus (producer)
 1960 Assignment: Outer Space (executive producer)
 1960 Alakazam the Great (producer - English version)
 1960 Black Sunday (executive producer - US version, uncredited)
 1960 Circus of Horrors (producer)
 1959 A Bucket of Blood (executive producer - uncredited)
 1959 Horrors of the Black Museum (producer - uncredited)
 1959 Tank Commandos (producer)
 1959 Paratroop Command (producer)
 1958 Submarine Seahawk (executive producer)
 1958 Operation Abduction (presentation producer)
 1958 The Spider (executive producer)
 1958 The Day the Sky Exploded (executive producer - uncredited)
 1958 Teenage Cave Man (executive producer)
 1958 High School Hellcats (producer)
 1958 War of the Colossal Beast (executive producer)
 1958 Machine-Gun Kelly (executive producer)
 1958 The Bonnie Parker Story (producer)
 1958 Suicide Battalion (executive producer)
 1958 Terror from the Year 5000 (executive producer)
 1957 Motorcycle Gang (executive producer)
 1957 The Amazing Colossal Man (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957 Reform School Girl (producer)
 1957 Invasion of the Saucer Men (executive producer)
 1957 I Was a Teenage Werewolf (executive producer - uncredited)
 1957 Dragstrip Girl (executive producer)
 1957 Voodoo Woman (executive producer)
 1957 Naked Paradise (executive producer)
 1956 Shake, Rattle & Rock! (producer)
 1956 Runaway Daughters (executive producer)
 1956 Flesh and the Spur (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956 The She-Creature (executive producer)
 1956 Girls in Prison (executive producer)
 1956 Hot Rod Girl (executive producer)
 1956 It Conquered the World (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956 Gunslinger (executive producer - uncredited)
 1956 The Oklahoma Woman (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955 Day the World Ended (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955 The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955 Apache Woman (executive producer)
 1955 The Beast with a Million Eyes (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955 Outlaw Treasure (executive producer)
 1955 Five Guns West (executive producer - uncredited)
 1955 Female Jungle (executive producer)
 1954 The Fast and the Furious (executive producer - uncredited)
 1950 The Hank McCune Show (TV Series) (producer)
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Alternate Names:

Samuel Arkoff | Sam Arkoff

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Personal Quote:

Thou shalt not put too much money into one picture. And the money you do spend, put it on the screen; don't waste it on the egos of actors or on nonsense that might appeal to serve highbrow critics. See more »


Explained his "ARKOFF Formula" for making a successful movie, during a 1980s TV appearance: A good movie should include Action (excitement and drama), Revolution (controversial or revolutionary ideas), Killing (a degree of violence), Oratory (memorable speeches and dialogue), Fantasy (popular dreams and wishes acted out), and Fornication (sex appeal, to both sides). See more »



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