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It has been announced that 1986′s Chopping Mall has been re-mastered and is available for theatrical screenings. Unfortunately, there isn’t a list of theaters that are participating in the re-release yet, but we’ve seen a number of theaters announce screenings, including Circle Cinema in Oklahoma. Our hope is that an extensive list is made available and we’ll update this story if it happens. Until then, we’ve included the official press release below that includes an email address for theaters interested in booking a screening of the movie:
via MindofTatlock.com: “On March 21st, 1986, a film was released by legendary producer Roger Corman that today still is recognized as a genre classic. “Chopping Mall” produced by Julie Corman and helmed by exploitation wunderkind, Jim Wynorski was released during the VHS/home video explosion and would change the way the business perceived the place of genre titles within this emerging market place. »
- Jonathan James
Yep, you have read that headline correctly. The Eighties classic Chopping Mall could very well be dismantling the flesh of teenagers at a theatre near you soon, and we have your first details.
From the Press Release
On March 21st, 1986, a film was released by legendary producer Roger Corman that today still is recognized as a genre classic. Chopping Mall, produced by Julie Corman and helmed by exploitation wunderkind Jim Wynorski, was released during the VHS/home video explosion and would change the way the business perceived the place of genre titles within this emerging marketplace.
The film tells the story of killer security robots taking over a shopping mall and systematically murdering a group of trespassing teenagers who have broken into the mall for an all-night party. Four couples decide to have a party in one of the furniture stores where three of them work. They all stay after hours at the mall, »
- Uncle Creepy
Every scene in Pink Flamingos without Divine is a little less filthy. Baltimore-based trash king John Waters put the drag queen on a pedestal worthy of a sideshow. But Divine, the subject of Bam's six-film "I Am Divine" retrospective, shone even without Waters's carnival barker hype. She even exudes beguiling charm in Lust in the Dust, Paul Bartel's otherwise snoozeworthy 1985 kitsch western. But Pink Flamingos remains the ur-text for Divine and Waters fans because it is a manifesto. Divine is introduced as "The World's Filthiest Person," a title that villainous power couple Raymond and Connie Marble (David Lochary and Mink Stole) covet. But Divine earns it throughout Pink Flamingos thanks to what Waters argues is a natural perversity. Try, if you can, to ig »
“A small band of efficient, dedicated, highly trained warriors can defeat any number of rabble. That’s my theory of filmmaking.”
What sort of creature is 21st century cinema going to be? Two-headed beast or tentacular jellyfish? Branded or brain-dead entertainment? Elitist pastime or popular food for thought? To be on the safe side and remind future generations of the genetic foundations of this untamed living being called cinema, at the venerable age of 87 year-old, Roger Corman has opened his own YouTube channel. From king of the drive-in to elder librarian of the digital cinematheque of Babel, Corman’s protean genius is anything but nostalgic. Instead of mourning the cyclical “death of cinema” the legendary producer keeps injecting new life and ideas into the changing shape of films. While his output has significantly decreased throughout the years his relevance has not, nor, it would appear, has his maverick spirit. »
- Celluloid Liberation Front
Painter/actor/director Bouli Lanners’ third feature, The Giants, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, finally gets an understated bow on DVD. Described as a Huckleberry Finn style adventure about three young boys left to their own devices, such lofty literary comparisons unfortunately do Lanners’ film no favors, as this by the numbers escapade doesn’t quite manage to make an impression, despite some pristine cinematography capturing quiet countryside desolation.
Brothers Zak (Zacharie Chasseriaud) and Seth (Martin Nissen) have been abandoned by their mother and are running out of what little money she left behind for them as they stay in their late grandfather’s house in the country. The boys, aged 15 and 13, drive around the countryside, befriending another loner boy, Danny (Paul Bartel), who is often abused physically by his older brother. While Seth retains a cell phone upon which the boys’ mother periodically calls only to cruelly »
- Nicholas Bell
For this week’s Exploitation Alley, I wanted to go with a movie that I really liked. I didn’t want to watch something for the first time, or just stumble across something on Netflix. So, after deciding that it would be a familiar movie, I looked through my collection and kept asking myself, “what would fun to write about?”. I had recently just watched Scream Factory’s amazing bluray release of From Beyond, so the awesome as hell Barbara Crampton was still fresh in my mind, so it dawned on me, Chopping Mall! I hadn’t watched it in a while, so I figured, what better genre movie than that? With Exploitation Alley, I try not to be contained to a specific time period, I like to write about genre films throughout every era, and what sums up exploitation more than a mall, killer robots and boobs? So, grab your shopping bags, »
For a straight to DVD franchise, the Death Race series is shaping up to be something quite impressive.
The second movie, wittily entitled Death Race 2 was actually a far better movie than the Paul Ws Anderson remake of the 1975 Roger Corman produced Paul Bartel directed original that came before it. The trick was it told a compelling story with a beginning, middle and ending and shot the action scenes with style without feeling like the camera was on a bungee rope whilst having an epileptic fit. Pwsa may be able to frame a nice visual but his genre narratives always seem to lack a satisfactory final act and embrace style often mistaking it for substance.
- Chris Holt
7 items from 2013
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