Milton Subotsky


Producer

About

Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
September 27, 1921
Died
June 27, 1991
Cause of Death
Heart Disease

Biography

Subotsky served in the Signal Corps during WWII, returning to begin his career as a writer/producer during the "Golden Age" of live TV. He graduated to feature films with "Rock, Rock, Rock" (1956), for which he composed nine songs as well as serving as producer along with his partner, Max J. Rosenberg. They followed up with another rock quickie, "Jamboree" (1957), and "The Last Mile" (19...

Family & Companions

Fiona Subotsky
Wife

Biography

Subotsky served in the Signal Corps during WWII, returning to begin his career as a writer/producer during the "Golden Age" of live TV. He graduated to feature films with "Rock, Rock, Rock" (1956), for which he composed nine songs as well as serving as producer along with his partner, Max J. Rosenberg. They followed up with another rock quickie, "Jamboree" (1957), and "The Last Mile" (1959), a prison movie starring Mickey Rooney.

In 1960 Subotsky moved to England, where he produced his first horror film, "Horror Hotel" (1960; a.k.a. "City of the Dead"), and Richard Lester's debut feature, "It's Trad, Dad" (1962). In 1964 Subotsky and Rosenberg started Amicus Productions and made "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors" (1965), the first of many horror/fantasy/sci-fi outings, several of which would draw on the inimitable talents of Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

After the breakup of Amicus in 1975, Subotsky announced and developed numerous fantasy features, many of which were never produced. He did co-produce the TV miniseries of Ray Bradbury's beloved book, "The Martian Chronicles"(1980), and also worked on several Stephen King film and TV projects.

Filmography

 

Writer (Feature Film)

At The Earth's Core (1976)
Screenwriter
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Screenplay
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Screenwriter
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A. D. (1967)
Screenwriter
They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
Screenwriter
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1966)
Screenwriter
The Skull (1965)
Screenwriter
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Screenwriter
Just for Fun (1963)
Screenwriter
Horror Hotel (1962)
Story
The Last Mile (1959)
Screenwriter
Lost Lagoon (1958)
Based on an Original Screenplay by
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Screenwriter
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
From a story by

Producer (Feature Film)

Stephen King's "Sometimes They Come Back" (1991)
Coproducer
Maximum Overdrive (1986)
Producer
Stephen King's Cat's Eye (1985)
Coproducer
The Monster Club (1981)
Producer
Dominique (1979)
Producer
The Land That Time Forgot (1974)
Producer
The Beast Must Die (1974)
Producer
And Now The Screaming Starts (1973)
Producer
The Vault of Horror (1973)
Producer
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Producer
What Became of Jack and Jill? (1972)
Producer
Asylum (1972)
Producer
Scream and Scream Again (1970)
Producer
The Mind of Mr. Soames (1970)
Producer
The House That Dripped Blood (1970)
Producer
Thank You All Very Much (1969)
Producer
Danger Route (1968)
Producer
Torture Garden (1968)
Producer
The Birthday Party (1968)
Producer
They Came from Beyond Space (1967)
Producer
The Terrornauts (1967)
Producer
Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A. D. (1967)
Producer
The Deadly Bees (1967)
Producer
The Psychopath (1966)
Producer
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1966)
Producer
The Skull (1965)
Producer
The World of Abbott and Costello (1965)
Producer
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)
Producer
Just for Fun (1963)
Producer
Horror Hotel (1962)
Prod (uncredited)
Ring-a-Ding Rhythm (1962)
Producer
The Last Mile (1959)
Producer
Jamboree! (1957)
Producer
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Producer

Music (Feature Film)

Ring-a-Ding Rhythm (1962)
Composer
Jamboree! (1957)
Composer
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Music Director
Rock Rock Rock! (1956)
Composer

Life Events

1941

Began writing and directing live programs for pioneering TV stations in NYC and Schenectady

1954

Produced and wrote TV series, "Junior Science"

1956

Feature debut: wrote, co-produced, and composed nine songs for "Rock, Rock, Rock" which featured the debut of the 13-year old Tuesday Weld; like his next two films, "Jamboree" (another rock'n'roll quickie) and "The Last Mile" (a prison remake starring Mickey Rooney), was financed by Max J. Rosenberg who became his partner

1960

Moved to England and produced "Horror Hotel" (aka "City of the Dead") from his original story

1962

Produced famous children's film, "Lad: A Dog"

1962

Produced "It's Trad, Dad", Richard Lester's directorial debut

1965

Co-produced and co-directed the compilation feature, "The World of Abbott & Costello"

1965

Wrote and co-produced with Max J. Rosenberg an anthology horror film "Dr. Terror's House of Horrors", the first of many horror, science fiction, and fantasy features made by their Amicus Productions company

1965

Produced (with Rosenberg) "Dr. Who and the Daleks", the first feature film spin-off from the popular British TV series

1968

Produced (with Rosenberg) "The Birthday Party", written by Harold Pinter from his play and directed by William Friedkin

1969

Produced (with Rosenberg) "Scream and Scream Again" which featured three major horror stars, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee

1972

Wrote and produced (with Rosenberg) "I, Monster", an adaptation of Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" that was begun in a 3-D process that was abandoned during production

1972

Wrote and produced (with Rosenberg) Amicus's biggest hit, "Tales from the Crypt", an anthology horror film based on the comic-book of the same name

1975

Split up with Rosenberg/Amicus to form his own production company, Sword & Sorcery

1980

Produced "The Martian Chronicles", the NBC miniseries of the Ray Bradbury book

1980

Produced "The Monster Club" starring Vincent Price, John Carradine, and Donald Pleasence

1985

Co-produced "Cat's Eye" written by Stephen King

1986

Produced "Maximum Overdrive", Stephen King's debut as a writer-director

1991

Co-produced Stephen King's "Sometimes They Come Back" a CBS TV-movie

Videos

Movie Clip

City Of The Dead (a.k.a. Horror Hotel) -- (1960) - Help Her, Lucifer! Straight to historical business, British independent Vulcan Films (which would soon become the better-known Amicus) begins in 17th century Massachusetts, with Elizabeth Selwyn being burned, Fred Smith leading the mob, and Valentine Dyall, as agonized Puritan Jethrow, praying, opening City Of The Dead, 1960, a.k.a. Horror Hotel.
City Of The Dead (a.k.a. Horror Hotel) -- (1960) - More Effective At Midnight Much of the short performance here of Christopher Lee as modern day professor Driscoll, after his dramatic lecture about a 1692 Massachusetts witch burning, supporting student Nan (Venetia Stevenson) planning some research, and tangling with her scientist brother (Dennis Lotis), in the British-made City Of The Dead, 1960, a.k.a. Horror Hotel.
City Of The Dead (a.k.a. Horror Hotel) -- (1960) - Any Witches Buried There? Arriving at the spot named in the American-release title (Horror Hotel), student Nan (Venetia Stevenson) with hitcher Jethrow (whom we know to be 17th century witchcraft cultist), then the innkeeper (Elizabeth Selwyn), whom we saw burned in the opening, in the British-made City Of The Dead, 1960.
From Beyond The Grave (1973) - What Do You Think Was Behind It? Early in the fourth segment, The Door, the “Proprietor” Peter Cushing meets Ian Ogilvy as Seaton, who buys an ornate door while arousing some suspicion, then brings it home to his prepossessing wife Margaret (Lesley-Anne Down), in the horror anthology From Beyond The Grave, 1973.
From Beyond The Grave (1973) - I Bet You Was Decorated Ian Bannen as henpecked Lowe has his second meeting with panhandling disabled vet Jim (Donald Pleasence), who flatters him as a military man, inspiring him to return to the shop, greeted by the proprietor Peter Cushing, to obtain the medal he earlier coveted, in the horror anthology From Beyond The Grave, 1973.
From Beyond The Grave (1973) - My Talents Are Limitless From the first episode, The Gatecrasher, Edward (David Warner) is inspired by the mirror brought from the shop which links the stories, to hold a séance, Wendy Allnut as his girlfriend Pam, Marcel Steiner the unexpected guest, in From Beyond The Grave, 1973.
House That Dripped Blood, The (1970) - He Specializes In Murder The Scotland Yard man (John Bennett) and the local sergeant (John Malcolm) introduce the first story, John Bryans the estate agent Denholm Elliott and Joanna Dunham the visiting Londoners, in the four-part horror anthology from Shepperton Studios, The House That Dripped Blood, 1970.
House That Dripped Blood, The (1970) - Also A Murderess Peter Cushing as retired bachelor businessman Grayson is touring the town near the house cited in the title, flashing back on an unexplained photo and visiting a wax museum, meeting the proprietor (Wolfe Morris), in the second of four stories in the horror anthology The House That Dripped Blood, 1970.
House That Dripped Blood, The (1970) - I Was Glad When She Died Chloe Franks is young Jane, previously afraid of fire, Nyree Dawn Porter her governess Ann, and Christopher Lee the father Reid, the third occupants of the house noted in the title, very much opposed to his daughter seeing other kids or having toys, in the four-part horror anthology The House That Dripped Blood, 1970.
Mind Of Mr. Soames, The (1970) - You're Going To Make Him Human Introducing the main players, Nigel Davenport the chief of a British neurological institute, Robert Vaughn, the American surgeon flying in to wake up his star patient, Terence Stamp as the title character, age 30 and comatose since birth, in The Mind Of Mr. Soames, 1970.
Mind Of Mr. Soames, The (1970) - It Was Never Easy Being Born Dr. Bergen (Robert Vaughn) has performed surgery which will cause Terence Stamp, the 30-year old title character, to wake from the coma he’s been in since birth, Nigel Davenport as Dr. Maitland, among those responding when the alarm sounds, in The Mind Of Mr. Soames, 1970.
Mind Of Mr. Soames, The (1970) - He Can't Have Things All His Own Way Several weeks since being awakened from a life-long coma at age 30, Terence Stamp (title character), guided by ambitious chief doctor Maitland (Nigel Davenport), takes his first steps, his surgeon Bergen (Robert Vaughn) more compassionate, in The Mind Of Mr. Soames, 1970.

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Companions

Fiona Subotsky
Wife

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