Women Filmmakers of New World Pictures

Women Filmmakers of New World Pictures

6 Episodes

In the history of American independent cinema, few studios have assumed the legendary cult status of New World Pictures, the production company cofounded by pop-cinema wizard Roger Corman in 1970. Specializing in grindhouse sleaze staples like biker and women-in-prison films, the studio was a training ground for many up-and-coming New Hollywood mavericks, including a handful of trailblazing women who infused the company’s exploitation formula with a startling antipatriarchal punch. Films like Stephanie Rothman’s feminist social-issue drama THE STUDENT NURSES, Amy Holden Jones’s slasher-with-brains SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE, and Penelope Spheeris’s punk rebel yell SUBURBIA stand out as fascinating examples of how the transgressive pleasures of exploitation cinema can be wedded to a subversive approach to gender and genre.

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Women Filmmakers of New World Pictures
  • Women Filmmakers of New World Pictures Teaser

    Episode 1

  • The Student Nurses

    Episode 2

    Directed by Stephanie Rothman • 1970 • United States
    Starring Elaine Giftos, Karen Carlson, Brioni Farrell

    Stephanie Rothman initiated New World Pictures’ popular “nurses” cycle with this intriguing, fiercely feminist look at the myriad social issues shaping the 1970s cultural conversation. Cent...

  • The Velvet Vampire

    Episode 3

    Directed by Stephanie Rothman • 1971 • United States
    Starring Celeste Yarnall, Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer

    Toeing the line between exploitation and art cinema, Stephanie Rothman’s follow-up to her hit THE STUDENT NURSES deconstructs vampire mythology with a subversive feminist spirit and ...

  • Humanoids from the Deep

    Episode 4

    Directed by Barbara Peeters • 1980 • United States
    Starring Doug McClure, Ann Turkel, Vic Morrow

    Something evil is happening in the sleepy fishing village of Noyo. Fishlike humanoid creatures, spawned by mutant DNA, begin rising from the ocean looking to mate with the local women. Scientist Susa...

  • The Slumber Party Massacre

    Episode 5

    Directed by Amy Holden Jones • 1982 • United States
    Starring Michelle Michaels, Robin Stille, Michael Villella

    Scripted by lesbian feminist author Rita Mae Brown, THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE puts a smart, subversive, and lightly satirical spin on the 1980s slasher formula. When Trish (Michelle Mi...

  • Suburbia

    Episode 6

    Directed by Penelope Spheeris • 1983 • United States
    Starring Chris Pedersen, Bill Coyne, Jennifer Clay

    Aften plunging into the Los Angeles rock scene with her landmark documentary THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION, Penelope Spheeris made this dramatic feature animated by the same punk spir...