Souls for Sale was orginally entitled Confessions of an Opium Eater. Directed by Albert Zugsmith, this 1962 classic horror was filmed at Lorimar Studios and was produced by Allied Artists. The story is based on an autobiographical book written by Thomas De Quincey, in 1821. It relates the story of his laudanum (opium and alcohol) addiction and the impact it had on his life. Gilbert De Quincey (Vincent Price) is an American, dressed totally in black, who goes to San Francisco in the 1890s with the intent of experimenting with opium. He finds himself caught between two rival cabals groups while navigating Chinatown's underground world. Ruby Low (Linda Ho) organizes the auctions where opium is the currency and young, captive Asian virgins are the commodity. Filmed to resemble an opium induced experience, the movie is most noted for Zugsmith's unusual, if not artful, directing. It is considered an eccentric and strange film especially for a production in 1962.