The 25 Most Influential People in Comic Book Movies: #24 Milton Subotsky

Tales from the CryptIn 1972, Milton Subotsky (co-founder of Amicus Productions) became the man responsible for bringing the EC Comics tradition of pre-code horror to the big screen. He wrote and produced Tales from the Crypt, and its sequel, The Vault of Horror.  As Roger Ebert observes,

“The titles published by E. C. Publications were more dramatically drawn, scarier and unsurpassed in the department of divine retribution. Six months or a year after I discovered “Tales from the Crypt” and the other E. C. comics, they were taken off the stands during a national anti-comics frenzy. Dr. Frederick Wertham‘s “Seduction of the Innocent” charged that kiddies were becoming sadists because of horror tales, and overnight we were flooded with talking magpies. And so, alas, my career as a sadistic madman was nipped in the bud. . . . There the story might have rested, If it weren’t for Milton Subotsky, British producer of horror movies and old-time E. C. fan. Subotsky bought the movie rights for all the E. C. horror titles from their publisher, William M. Gaines, and “Tales from the Crypt” is the first film made from the material.”

Since that time, he can be indirectly credited as the inspiration for a number of sequels and spinoffs, including the HBO series “Tales from the Crypt” (directed, written, and produced by #15 Gilbert Adler) and Stephen King’s Creepshow. Milton passed away of heart disease in 1991.

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