This week in 1964 part two of Herschell Gordon Lewis’ Blood Trilogy, Two Thousand Maniacs! hit drive-in theaters much to the disgust of theater-goers. Two Thousand Maniacs is notable for featuring a Playboy Playmate and the patented Gordon Lewis level of gore mixed with ridiculous camp elements. Absurdly over-the-top deaths are presented with a carnival theme-dunk tank, barrel roll–in celebration of the end of the Civil War.
1985’s Friday the 13th: A New Beginning catches up with Jason after The Final Chapter, where a young Corey Feldman witnesses some dudes accidentally resurrecting the hockey-masked slasher. But no, this is just a dream. But, wait there is a killer on the loose! The twist ending is not much of a twist. Generally considered the worst addition to the series, Friday the 13th Part V, is thin on plot, but high on nudity.
An ‘80s shopping mall, teenagers partying after hours, and killer security robots. Chopping Mall kind of has it all. Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, Jim Wynorski’s 1986 film features .a mash-up of familiar actors including Kelli Maroney and Barbara Crampton, along with Dick Miller and the guy who played Alan Pinkard on Head of the Class.
Title: Two Thousand Maniacs!
Released: March 20, 1964
Tagline: An Entire Town Bathed In Pulsing Human Blood! Madmen Crazed For Carnage!
Title: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Released: March 22, 1985
Tagline: If Jason still haunts you, you're not alone!
Title: Chopping Mall
Released: March 22, 1986
Tagline: Where shopping costs you an arm and a leg.