The Best of Crown International

Formed in 1959, Crown International is one of the longest-standing American genre independents in the game (only Lloyd Kaufman's Troma comes close to matching the company's longevity).

During the mid-1970s, Crown was indubitably the King of the drive-in, scoring surprisingly large hits with teen-aimed fluff such as THE POM POM GIRLS and distributing many a z-flick unclassic (Jamaa Fanaka's WELCOME HOME, BROTHER CHARLES and the incomparably bizarre PICK-UP among them). While Cannon, New World, Atlantic, Empire and Film Ventures all went to the wall by the late-'80s and the likes of New Line and AIP sold out their interests to the highest bidder, Crown trundled on oblivious.

Today, the company seemingly solely survives off its extensive back-catalogue, having not produced and/or distributed any new product since 1994 (aside from the instantly forgettable MALIBU SPRING BREAK in 2003). Thankfully, the advent of the digital home entertainment market has meant that most of the studio's movies are now widely available - more often than not OAR and in good nick.

Anyway, in no particular order, here's my pick of the Crown jewels...

  • Pick-up

    1

  • Don't Answer the Phone!

    2

  • Best Friends

    3

  • The Kidnapping Of The President

    4

  • The Van

    5

  • Budo: The Art of Killing

    6

  • Malibu High

    7

  • Death Machines

    8

  • Sextette

    9

  • Blue Money

    10

  • Death Riders

    11

  • Stanley

    12

  • French Quarter

    13

  • Van Nuys Blvd.

    14

  • Welcome Home Brother Charles

    15

  • The Hearse

    16

  • Terror

    17

  • The Last Chase

    18

  • The Pom Pom Girls

    19

  • Double Exposure

    20

  • Dracula's Dog

    21

  • The Beach Girls

    22

  • Satan's Slave

    23

  • Malibu Beach

    24

  • The Babysitter

    25

  • The Crater Lake Monster

    26

  • Trip with the Teacher

    27

  • The Young Graduates

    28

  • Galaxina

    29

  • Pink Angels

    30