The Thrill Killers/Fun Facts
From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
- When the film was originally released, director Ray Dennis Steckler took it out as a roadshow engagement, playing it at midnight screenings and drive-ins. During the murder scenes, Steckler--and others wearing masks designed to look like him--would run out into the audience with prop knives in order to startle them. The film was advertised as "Shot in Hallucinogenic Hypno-Vision," a variation on Spook Show.
- The film was meant to only focus on the three mental patients. However, during shooting director Ray Dennis Steckler realized that the film was not going to run long enough, and decided to shoot scenes with him as Click.
- Atlas King plays a character named "Dennis Kesdekian". That is actually King's real name.
- The abandoned house was originally just one that director Ray Dennis Steckler had found while location scouting in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles. After being struck by its eerie atmosphere--and frightened when its owner appeared and surprised him-- he decided to write the resulting scene around it.
- The film was re-released under the title The Maniacs Are Loose! which added a color prologue with famed hypnotist Ormond McGill (billed as "The Amazing Ormond"), as well as extended color sequences of a "hypnodisc" during the moments where Steckler and company would burst out into the audience.