Sunday, July 01, 2018

Movie Ad of the Week: The Many Faces of THE LAST VICTIM (1976)

World Premiere - Wednesday, June 23, 1976 - Bettendorf, IA

Jim Sotos' THE LAST VICTIM -- a low-budget, PG-rated thriller starring Tanya Roberts, Ron Max, and Nancy Allen -- had its world premiere at the Spruce Hills Twin Cinema in Bettendorf, Iowa on June 23, 1976.

The film also opened at the Capri Cinema in Rock Island, IA two days later (June 25, 1976).

Above: THE LAST VICTIM in Longview, TX - September 24, 1976

Howard Mahler Films came up with a new campaign for a re-release in 1977 as MR. DEATH. Here it is in Shreveport, LA on September 16, 1977. Although it carries an R rating, the film had actually received a PG from the MPAA in January 1976.

Above: MR. DEATH in Jackson, MS - October 7, 1977

MR. DEATH visits Louisville, KY - November 18, 1977

MR. DEATH was held over in Louisville, but Howard Mahler changed the title and campaign again so it became RAPE IN THE SUBURBS for the week of November 25, 1977!

RAPE IN THE SUBURBS hits Miami - February 24, 1978

Ft. Lauderdale - February 24, 1978

When THE LAST VICTIM was re-released (again!) as FORCED ENTRY in 1983 -- by Sotos' own company, Century International -- it was edited for re-rating and got an R. Above is the ad from when it returned to Ft. Lauderdale on March 18, 1983.

It took another year for FORCED ENTRY to reach the New York area. Opening date: March 9, 1984.

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