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BUYSOUNDTRAX Records will be releasing CHOPPING MALL / DEATHSTALKER II . This collection features music from two films scored by Chuck Cirino for director Jim Wynorski.
Released in 1986, CHOPPING MALL, also known as KILLBOTS, was directed by Jim Wynorski, from a script by the director and Steve Mitchell, starring Kelli Maroney, Tony O’Dell, Russell Todd, Karrie Emerson, Barbara Crampton, Nick Segal, John Terlesky and Suzee Slater, featuring cameos by Paul Bartel, Mary Woronov, Dick Miller and Gerrit Graham. Trapped in Park Plaza Mall after hours, a group of teenagers must defend themselves from a trio of malfunctioning security robots. The film features an early electronic score by composer Chuck Cirino.
Released the following year, in 1987, DEATHSTALKER II was also directed by Jim Wynorski, from a script by the director and writers Neil Ruttenberg and R.J. Robertson, starring John Terlesky as the Prince Of Thieves, the beautiful Monique Gabrielle in a dual role, the lovely Toni Naples as Sultanna and John Lazar as the evil Jarek, in a film both the director and Deathstalker himself will happily admit can best be described as a classic sword-and-sorcery tale, starring Bugs Bunny as the hero. For DEATHSTALKER II, Chuck Cirino returned for another collaboration with Jim Wynorski, composing a library of music that could easily be adapted to the film, centered around an incredibly catchy tune for the hero that, even two decades later, still holds up.
Chuck Cirino did not start his career as a composer, but rather as a programmer in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a Public Access cable TV station, where he learned how to create TV shows by himself, without a crew. In his spare time, he experimented with the station’s video equipment and created a series of genre productions that allowed him the opportunity to learn how to incorporate special effects into his work. After relocating to California, Cirino transitioned into directing high-end special effects television commercials. His first work as composer was for the 1980 cult film GYPSY ANGELS, which starred Vanna White and Richard Roundtree. Since then he has scored films for Roger Corman, directed music videos for bands like Earth, Wind & Fire and The Dickies’ KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, and has recorded over 40 music soundtracks for feature films like SORCERESS, RETURN OF THE SWAMP THING, HARD TO DIE, TRANSYLVANIA TWIST, and many others.
Cirino has worked as a producer, director, filmmaker, videographer, animator, special effects technician, editor, and composer. He executive produces and directs WEIRD TV, a television series featuring weird Americans, bizarre news, unbelievable events and outlandish skits. Chuck’s credits also include executive producer and director of the Sci Fi Channel projects, WORLDWIDE WEIRD and WARPED IN SPACE, and BABERELLAS; an independent Sci Fi feature distributed by Xenon Pictures.
CHOPPING MALL / DEATHSTALKER II (suggested retail price $14.95) from BUYSOUNDTRAX Records will begin shipping on October 23rd. It is a limited edition, with only 1000 copies being pressed. As a special offer, the first 100 people to order the package from the record label’s website will have their copy autographed by the composer and director Jim Wynorski at no additional charge.