CHOPPING MALL
1986, New Horizons Pictures, 77 min, USA, Dir: Jim Wynorski

The shopping mall of choice for ’80s Valley girls, the Sherman Oaks Galleria, becomes a killing field in this horror/sci-fi hybrid. Four couples party after hours at the mall where they work, only to be targeted by robot security guards turned lethal by a lightning storm. Keep your eyes peeled for cameos by Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov and Dick Miller!


WAR OF THE SATELLITES
1958, New Horizons Picture Corp., 72 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

Satellites and sputniks were all the rage in late 1950s headlines. When the first satellites launched, Corman promised his backers he could get a film with the word “satellite” in the title into theaters within 60 days. Given the go-ahead, he rapidly conjured this imaginative, lightning-paced and ultra-low-budget thriller about an alien spaceship intent on blowing up every Earth satellite entering the interstellar ether. Dick Miller and Susan Cabot are the heroic couple doing battle with the space villains, most notably incarnated in the takeover of pioneering scientist Dr. Van Ponder (the magnificent Richard Devon who played Satan in Corman’s THE UNDEAD).


A BUCKET OF BLOOD
1959, Park Circus/MGM, 66 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

After LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, this ranks as probably director Roger Corman’s most famous early effort, with a wonderful Dick Miller as mentally challenged Walter Paisley, a waiter at a beatnik café jealous of the artistic types who make up the clientele. When Walter accidentally kills his landlady’s cat, on a whim he covers it in clay. Passing it off at the cafe as a genuine sculpture, he is proclaimed an artistic genius. But he soon realizes he will have to produce more “works of art” if he is to hold onto his cherished new reputation. Soon Walter resorts to aping Vincent Price in HOUSE OF WAX, killing people and covering them in clay to serve as his newest creations. With more appearances by Corman regulars Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone and Ed Nelson. And look for future game show host Bert Convy as a doomed narc!


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