Introduction to Issue 150

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This extra special issue of The Dark Side celebrates the work of Amicus Studios, a very British company founded by two Americans. Max J. Rosenberg was the money man who mainly stayed in the States, while Milton Subotsky was the creative partner who ran the UK operation from what affable director Norman J. Warren recently described to me as a portakabin in the car park of Shepperton Studios. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965) was their genre breakthrough movie and after that they made the horror anthology genre their own, achieving their biggest financial success with Tales From The Crypt (1972), based on the classic E.C. Comics stories of the 1950s. Unfortunately the followup, The Vault of Horror (1973) was not such a hit and put paid to their chances of continuing with the E.C. Comics adaptations.