By Gary Allen Smith
American foreign published a tide of within your means, sensationalistic movies aimed toward the teenage viewers, discovering its maximum luck within the horror style. it is a finished consultant to AIP videos which are or were to be had in domestic viewing codecs reminiscent of DVD and VHS. a short background of the corporate, which produced videos from the Fifties till the Eighties, is supplied. movies are catalogued alphabetically and via decade, and consultant motion pictures are analyzed. AIP tv and unfilmed tasks also are lined, and diverse pictures supplement the textual content.
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