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AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL PICTURES (AIP)

 

American International Pictures was created in 1954 as American Releasing Corporation by James H. Nicholson, sales manager of the RealArt Production Company, and Hollywood lawyer Samuel Z. Arkoff with the concept to target the teenage market.

They are credited with creating a new low budget approach to film making. They hired artist Albert Kallis to do the artwork for Beast With 1,000,000 Eyes. Then they marketed the film BEFORE it was completed. This format of using vivid artwork to presell their films became their trademark in the early years

In 1956 ARC was renamed American International Pictures, but its teenage marketing target remained the same.

The 1960s was a training ground for new actors and directors such as Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich .

With The Wild Angels in 1966, AIP launched the biker-film genre and reflected a radical new spirit in AIP's youth-oriented fare.

In 1969 Roger Corman made his last films for AIP: the violent gangster film “Bloody Mama” and then started his own distribution and production company, New World Pictures.

James H. Nicholson died in 1971, but AIP kept going strong throughout the early 1970s and horror still paid the bills. Count Yorga, Vampire, The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant, the Phibes films, Scream, Blacula, Scream!, and The Food Of The Gods are just a handful of the dozens of horror films AIP released in the 1970s.

With greater financial freedom, AIP started purchasing foreign sci-fi and horror films and financing more mainstream films.

By the late 1970s, big-budget films had surprisingly become more important to AIP than the cheap, two-week shoot pictures of the past. The Island Of Dr. Moreau, Love At First Bite and The Amityville Horror all made money but the overspending led to the ultimate downfall of AIP.

Massive spending hurt the company, and 1979, AIP merged with Filmways (which later became Orion Pictures).

In 1980, Sam formed Arkoff International Pictures.

 

Here are the films listed in our archive

AIP HAS BEEN REVIVED!!

C. S. Lamb, a movie producer, has bought up the logos and rights to Monogram, PRC, AIP and several other b-movie studios and has started reviving them. They plan to re-release some of the old GEMS as well as produce new b-movies... For more information you can go their website. We applaud Mr. Lamb and hope he succeeds.

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1. A.I.P. Production Logs with all production numbers. A.I.P. production numbers were broken down a little different than most production logs.. Because of this we have 2 different logs. These are very important for still identification and anything associated with production numbers.

A. The A. I. P. Number Log

B. The A. I. P. Letter and Oddities Log