Apostolof's next film, Suburbia Confidential, uses psychiatry largely to set up sex scenes but also to give the film some semblance of "redeeming social value".According to the promotional materials, the film "starts where the Kinsey report left off". Henri Legrand reviews the files of several sexually frustrated suburban housewives who are shown having sex with salesmen, bellboys and repairmen.Although not very popular at the time, Journey to Freedom became part of the so-called Red Scare, a period of intense anti-Communism that had already produced propaganda films like I Married a Communist (1949), The Red Menace (1949) and Big Jim Mc Lain (1952). Teas (1959), the first nudie-cutie, as a major influence in his sexploitation-oriented career.Journey to Freedom tells about Apostolof's escape from Communist Bulgaria through Istanbul, Paris and Toronto to Los Angeles, California. He said, "I saw what was happening in the market—I couldn't possibly compete with the major companies, but I saw a niche there for us, the independent guys.Wood Jr.'s movies Bride of the Monster (1954), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959).Journey to Freedom was shot in the legendary Sunset Gower Studios and later picked up for distribution by Republic Pictures, known for its quality B-movies and westerns, many of them starring John Wayne.
In 1946, when he was only 17, he joined an underground guerilla group that fought the newly established Communist regime in Bulgaria.
Orgy of the Dead was the beginning of a very successful partnership between Apostolof and Wood that would last until the latter's death in 1978.
This cooperation resulted in several films that captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s and the 1970s.
Orgy of the Dead, Apostolof's first directorial credit as A. Stephen with a screenplay by Ed Wood, is now considered a camp classic and has inspired a cult following.
It features the legendary oracle The Amazing Criswell (known from Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space) and burlesque queen Pat Barrington (later to star in Harry H. Wood served as writer, production manager, casting agent, and even held up cue cards for Criswell, although he did not direct.
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Around 1955 Apostolof teamed up with exploitation veterans Robert C. Thompson to create SCA Productions, a company that produced the semi-autobiographical Cold War melodrama Journey to Freedom (1957).