Jack Hill

Jack Hill

Jack Hill began his career, like so many of his contemporaries, working for Roger Corman, then wrote and directed the cult classic Spider Baby, which introduced his favorite actor, Sid Haig. His The Big Doll House launched an entire genre of “Women in Prison” pix as well as Pam Grier, whom he later brought to stardom in Coffy and Foxy Brown. Other credits include The Big Bird CagePit StopSwinging Cheerleaders and Switchblade Sisters. He is currently exec producing a series of remakes of some of his earlier horror films. See Jack Hill Presents.

Commentaries by Jack Hill

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Spider Baby

1968
American General Pictures
Once likened to a sitcom directed by Luis Bunuel, Jack Hill’s bizarre mini-budget debut...
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The Big Doll House

1971
New World Pictures
Jack Hill recalls the making of his mega-hit, the Roger Corman/Cirio Santiago...
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Pit Stop

1969
Distributors International
Jack Hill gives us the lowdown on one of his most belatedly popular movies,...
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Sorceress

1982
New World Pictures
Jack Hill gives us the lowdown on the tsuris behind his spoofy low budget fantasy...
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Helen of Troy

1956
Warner Bros.
The  face that launched all those ships  is played by the comparatively unknown...
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Battle Beyond the Sun

1959
The Filmgroup
The fairly elaborate 1959 Soviet space-race movie The Heavens Call was acquired...
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Switchblade Sisters

1975
Centaur
Quentin Tarantino personally resurrected the street cred of Jack Hill’s teen gang deb quickie...
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Coffy

1973
AIP
Sexy Pam Grier poses as a hooker to wipe out some druglords and in the...
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The Swinging Cheerleaders

1974
Centaur
Jack Hill tells us the story behind his fast and funky drive-in perennial,...
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Foxy Brown

1974
AIP
“Don’t mess aroun’ with Foxy Brown!” Writer-director Jack Hill made blaxploitation history with Coffy,...
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Blood Bath

1966
AIP
Footage from several different movies has been cannibalized for this sleazy AIP favorite, which...
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The Black Swan

1942
20th Century Fox
A great cast swashbuckles its way through Henry King’s piratical spectacular with an...
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White Heat

1949
Warner Bros.
Raoul Walsh’s most muscular gangster pic with an all-time great James Cagney as Cody...
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