Doris Wishman (1912-2002) made over 30 exploitation films over the course of her career and helped pioneer the 'roughie' genre. The plots were crazy and far-fetched, the budgets non-existant and the acting minimal; but Wishman's films were a hit in an industry where none of these things mattered, so long as nudity, sex and violence were ever-present. This said, Wishman did have certain talents. She was the only woman in a male-dominated industry and was a sound, honest businesswoman. She wrote, directed and edited the films herself and the filmmaking techniques and camera angles she used were often surprisingly experimental and artistic. The extra depth and originality of her work proved to be inspiring both within and beyond the exploitation industry. Wishman's films influenced the work of directors like John Waters, Roger Corman and John Carpenter.