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Amicus Productions

Production Company

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Although the '60s British horror film is most closely identified with Hammer, other companies including Amicus were involved in the genre. The firm was set up by two Americans, producer/writer Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg, and was based at Shepperton Studios.

Amicus did make films in other genres including the musical It's Trad, Dad! (d. Richard Lester, 1962), the spy film Danger Route (d. Seth Holt, 1967), and A Touch of Love (d. Waris Hussein, 1969) adapted from a Margaret Drabble novel, but the company specialised in the horror film, beginning in 1960 with City of the Dead (d. John Llewellyn Moxey).

Many of Hammer's personnel worked for Amicus including Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and director Freddie Francis, and Robert Bloch, author of Psycho, wrote a number of their films. The studio's distinctive contribution to the genre was the anthology film such as Dr Terror's House of Horrors (d. Freddie Francis, 1964), The House that Dripped Blood (d. Peter Duffell, 1970), and Tales from the Crypt (d. Francis, 1972).

Tom Ryall, Encyclopedia of British Film

Selected credits

Thumbnail image of At The Earth's Core (1976)At The Earth's Core (1976)

Cheap and entertaining SF hokum from an Edgar Rice Burroughs novel

Thumbnail image of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Feature film spin-off from the TV series, with Technicolor Daleks!

Thumbnail image of I, Monster (1971)I, Monster (1971)

Unofficial but surprisingly faithful version of the Jekyll and Hyde story

Thumbnail image of Land That Time Forgot, The (1974)Land That Time Forgot, The (1974)

Entertaining Edgar Rice Burroughs fantasy of a lost prehistoric land

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