Jack Hill (born January 28, 1933) is an U.S. film director, noted for his work in the exploitation film genre. Despite this, several of Hill’s later films have been characterized as feminist works.
Hill was born in Los Angeles. His mother, Mildred (née Pannill), was a music teacher and his father, Roland Everett Hill, worked as a set builder for film studios and was an architect.
Hill made over 20 exploitation movies throughout the 60’s and 70’s including ‘The Wasp Woman’ (1960); ‘The Bellboy and the Playgirl’ (1962) with Francis Ford Coppola; ‘The Terror’ (1963); ‘The Raw Ones’ (1965); ‘Mondo Keyhole’ (1966); ‘Blood Bath (aka Track of the Vampire)’ (1966); ‘Spider Baby (aka The Maddest Story Ever Told)’ (1968); ‘Pit Stop’ (1969); ‘Ich, ein Groupie’ (1970); ‘House of Evil’ (1971); ‘The Snake People’ (1971); ‘The Incredible Invasion’ (1971); ‘The Fear Chamber’ (1971); ‘The Big Doll House’ (1971); ‘The Big Bird Cage’ (1972); ‘Coffy’ (1973); ‘Foxy Brown’ (1974); ‘The Swinging Cheerleaders’ (1974); ‘Switchblade Sisters’ (1975), and ‘Sorceress’ (1982) (as Brian Stuart).
Today his films are hailed as cult classics, thanks primarily to Quentin Tarantino, who saw Hill’s work at Grindhouse theaters and as it made its way to video. He has really championed these exploitation movies and helped revive interest in Hill as well as Roger Corman, the early work of Joe Dante and various other minority cinema. Check out this interview with Jack from February 2008.
The most famous of Hills movies are the women in prison movies ‘The Big Doll House’ and ‘Big Bird Cage’ as well as the Pam Grier starring ‘Coffy’ and ‘Foxy Brown’. Hill regulars Sid Haig and other notable B-movie stars can all be seen talking about the fun they had making these movies in the Philippines in the excellent documentary ‘Machete Maidens Unleashed.
Machete Maidens Unleased: Karate-kicking midgets! Paper-mache monsters! Busty babes with blades! Filipino genre films of the ’70s and ’80s had it all. Boasting cheap labour, exotic scenery and non-existent health and safety regulations, the Philippines was a dreamland for exploitation filmmakers whose renegade productions were soon engulfing drive-in screens around the globe like a tidal schlock-wave! At last, the all-too-often overlooked world of drive-in filler from Manilla gets the Mark Hartley (NOT QUITE HOLLYWOOD) treatment in Machete Maidens Unleashed! This is the ultimate insiders’ account of a faraway backlot where stunt men came cheap, plot was obsolete and the make-up guy was packing heat! Machete Maidens Unleashed! features interviews with cult movie icons Roger Corman, Joe Dante, John Landis, Sid Haig, Eddie Romero and a large assembly of cast, crew and critics, each with a jaw-dropping story to tell about filmmaking with no budget…