Back in March we posted our exhaustive Cinemation Industries Filmography (1968-1976) as the final installment in a week-long tribute to exploitation giant Jerry Gross' prolific and trailblazing indie film studio. Here's a follow-up filmography that covers the late Mr. Gross' subsequent companies, The Jerry Gross Organization (1979-1982) and Ambassador Pictures Corporation (1982-1983). Because there are far fewer titles to deal with in this post, we chose to list the movies in the approximate chronological order of release instead of alpabetical order. Please e-mail us with any additions or corrections you have, or leave them in the comments. Thanks!
THE JERRY GROSS ORGANIZATION
PENITENTIARY (1979) - Written and directed by Jamaa Fanaka. Followed by two sequels.
THE MAFU CAGE (1979) - Originally released in 1978 by Clouds Productions. Gross released this under several titles including DON'T RING THE DOORBELL, DEVIATION and MY SISTER, MY LOVE.
ZOMBIE (1980) - Released with no MPAA rating and the following warning: "There is no explicit sex in this picture. However, there are scenes of violence which may be considered shocking. No one under 17 will be admitted." Directed by Lucio Fulci.
I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE (1980) - Originally released in 1978 by Cinemagic as DAY OF THE WOMAN
THE MISS NUDE AMERICA CONTEST (1980) - Originally released in 1976 by Atlas Films as THE CONTEST.
THE BOOGEY MAN (1980) - Directed by Ulli Lommel
EMANUELLE AROUND THE WORLD (1980) - Released with a self-applied X rating. Submitted to the MPAA by Gross in 1982 and awarded an R rating.
BLOOD BEACH (1981) - "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water -- you can't get to it."
LAURA (1981) - Directed by David Hamilton. Starring Maud Adams and Dawn Dunlap.
INSEMINOID (1981) - Released by Almi Pictures as both INSEMINOID and HORROR PLANET in 1982.
CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD (1981) - Released by Motion Picture Marketing (MPM), first as TWILIGHT OF THE DEAD and then as THE GATES OF HELL, in 1983.
AMBASSADOR PICTURES CORP.
KISS MY GRITS (1982) - Filmed under the title A TEXAS LEGEND. Rated R in 1981. Ambassador released it with a PG rating as KISS MY GRITS in 1982 and with an R rating as SUMMER HEAT in 1983. Produced by Anthony Quinn and directed by Jack Starrett.
BRAINWASH (1982) - Screened under the title MYSTIQUE at the 1981 Chicago International Film Festival. Rated R in 1981. Ambassador released it in 1982 as BRAINWASH and in 1983 as NAKED WEEKEND. New York opening in March 1984 as CIRCLE OF POWER.
DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1982) - Rated R in 1982. Ambassador also released it as OLIVIA and A TASTE OF SIN in 1983. Directed by Ulli Lommel.
Compiled by Chris Poggiali