From randy high-schoolers locked in a mall overnight, stalked and killed…one by one by a sentient robot… To a high school student body of radioactive mutants. All the way to a leather-wearing reform-school dominatrix with a riding crop.
The year of 1986 was an unforgettable period in cult cinema. Here’s a look at some of our favorite film bizarrities from 1986.
Class of Nuke ‘Em High (1986)
A gonzo movie that’s always a treat to watch.
Somewhere between drinking alone in the bathroom and donkey husbandry.
Chopping Mall (1986)
Chopping Mall that is a low-budget horror film – shot for a band-aid and a broken clock. It was directed by the famed B-film director Jim Wynorski and produced by Julie Corman, wife producer Roger Corman. It stars John Terlesky, Kelli Maroney (Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Night of the Comet) and Suzee Slater.
Necropolis is a horror/apocalyptic film directed by Bruce Hickey and produced by Charles Band. It was filmed on a shoe string budget without all the blandishments of big time Hollywood movies. Shot in the heart of the Big Apple, it stars legendary B-movie icons LeeAnne Baker, Nadine Hartstein and Norris Culf.
Robot Holocaust (1986)
Robot Holocaust is a post-apocalyptic science fiction film shot on a razor thin budget. Set in a dystopian alternate future with a dash of sword-and-sorcery cosplay tossed in just for good measure. It was directed by Tim Kincaid, produced by Charles Band and stars Norris Culf, Nadine Hartstein and Angelika Jaeger.
Night of the Creeps (1986)
Jill Whitlow, Jason Lively and Suzanne Snyder devour the night in this horror comedy film. Directed by Fred Dekker (who also directed Monster Squad) Night of the Creeps (1986) is a loving homage to the black and white creature features of the 1950s.
Reform School Girls (1986)
Reform School Girls is a 1986 movie directed by Tom DeSimone. It’s more of an ironic tongue-and-check take on other films in the exploitation genre. Starring B-movie royalty Sybil Danning in all her glory and effulgence, Wendy O. Williams and Linda Carol.
Any other movies we missed, that we should have added?
When I was in high school I would actually sign up for junk mail. It didn’t matter what it was: newspapers, magazines, anything. I’d get at least three free newspapers every day that I would never read. I’d just collect them and store them in boxes. I loved getting junk mail. It made me feel…important.
And then a couple of years later I discovered aromatherapy and things got better for me.