Harry Novak (January 12, 1928 – March 26, 2014) was an American film producer. Best known for his sexploitation and exploitation movies, Novak also distributed a number of horror films via his Boxoffice International Pictures company.
Novak began his career at RKO handling Disney movies until its collapse in 1957 and he also handled the US release of early Carry On films.
His first production was the 1964 ‘monster nudie’ Kiss Me Quick! (original title Dr. Breedlove, a pun on Dr. Strangelove). Although it features Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, a mad doctor and an alien, this science fiction horror comedy flick was merely an excuse for full colour topless scenes. Cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs later worked on Ghostbusters. Click here to watch the trailer.
Horror-themed films distributed by Boxoffice International Pictures include The Beautiful, the Bloody and the Bare (1964), Mantis in Lace/Lila (1968), Any Body, Any Way/Behind Locked Doors (1968), Jean Rollin’s The Nude Vampire (1970) and Requiem for a Vampire/Caged Vampire/Caged Virgins (1971), The Mad Butcher (1971), The Toy Box (1971), Toys Are Not for Children (1972), A Scream in the Streets (1973), Please Don’t Eat My Mother! (1973, an ‘adults only’ remake of The Little Shop of Horrors), The Sinful Dwarf (1973), Axe/Lisa, Lisa (1973), Frankenstein’s Castle of Freaks (1973), Rattlers (1976), The Child (1977) and Rituals (1977).