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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.
Writer (Feature Film)
Producer (Feature Film)
Music (Feature Film)
Began writing and directing live programs for pioneering TV stations in NYC and Schenectady
Produced and wrote TV series, "Junior Science"
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
Moved to England and produced "Horror Hotel" (aka "City of the Dead") from his original story
Produced famous children's film, "Lad: A Dog"
Produced "It's Trad, Dad", Richard Lester's directorial debut
Co-produced and co-directed the compilation feature, "The World of Abbott & Costello"
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
Produced (with Rosenberg) "Dr. Who and the Daleks", the first feature film spin-off from the popular British TV series
Produced (with Rosenberg) "The Birthday Party", written by Harold Pinter from his play and directed by William Friedkin
Produced (with Rosenberg) "Scream and Scream Again" which featured three major horror stars, Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee
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
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
Split up with Rosenberg/Amicus to form his own production company, Sword & Sorcery
Produced "The Martian Chronicles", the NBC miniseries of the Ray Bradbury book
Produced "The Monster Club" starring Vincent Price, John Carradine, and Donald Pleasence
Co-produced "Cat's Eye" written by Stephen King
Produced "Maximum Overdrive", Stephen King's debut as a writer-director
Co-produced Stephen King's "Sometimes They Come Back" a CBS TV-movie