ABSTRACT

Late in 1971, Variety announced the formation of Dimension Pictures, a small film company which intended to produce films budgeted at around a quarter of a million dollars for the booming exploitation market.1 The principal partners in this venture were Lawrence Woolner, a low-budget exploitation producer since the mid-1950s; Stephanie Rothman, a young woman who had already begun to attract attention as one of the few female writer-directors working in Hollywood; and her husband Charles Swartz, producer of the three films Rothman had directed since 1966. All three partners had left Roger Corman’s independent New World Pictures (itself barely a year old) to go to work for themselves. Dimension was to provide them the opportunity to make their own low-budget features while turning a healthy profit from the same lucrative drive-in audience targeted by New World.