Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 (1965 - 1980)

A collection of bizarre and eccentric trailers from the classic Grindhouse era. Nucleus UK R2 DVD released on 5th December 2011.

The Collection

Since the boom of obscure films available on DVD, Grindhouse films have gained a cult popularity among film collectors. There is no specific Grindhouse genre, but it represents any variety of exploitation films encompassing a wide range of low budget shockers, erotic and action films from the American Deep South via Spain and Italy to China and Japan, that played in the fleapit cinemas epitomised by New York's 42nd Avenue. As enjoyable as the films themselves (or often moreso) were the trailers which determinedly tried to outshine each other within the crowded marketplace, cramming in every violent or sexy scene from the film and often using wry voiceovers and gimmicks to try and distinguish themselves.

This third collection of Grindhouse trailers from Nucleus Films covers the era's heyday from the mid-'60s to the mid-'80s and focuses mostly on ultra-low-budget American made films from the likes of Cannon Films, American International Pictures and Roger Corman's New World Pictures as well as a variety of fly-by-night independents. Often set and filmed in the American Deep South, trailers are included from horror films like The Touch of Satan (1971), action films like Northville Cemetery Massacre (1976) and Black Oak Conspiracy (1977) and of course the ever popular Blacksploitation genre with Soul Soldier (1970). Generally these trailers are rather more conventional in their format, although the films themselves are an utterly bizarre mix - The Doberman Gang (1972) about a criminal gang who use dogs to commit the roberies compares neatly with The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973) about a black CIA agent who uses his contacts to plan a revolution against the US Government.

To add variation there are still a number of imported trailers in the mix as well - among others, on the horror side, Lucio Fulci's Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971) [under its US title Schizoid] appears along with Leon Klimovsky's Spanish horror The Vampire's Night Orgy (1973) while some skin is provided by German erotica Swedish Wife Exchange Club (1969) and ultra-sleazy Italian film Nazi Love Camp 27 (1977). A little Far Eastern action comes courtesy of Hong Kong action films like Deadly China Doll (1973) and Slash: The Blade of Death (1971), as well as Cannon Films' faux-Oriental Revenge of the Ninja (1983). These films certainly provide some much stranger trailers and a real highlight is the "self-censored" trailer for Nazi Love Camp 27 which actually has an on-screen 'cut' notice in the middle of various naughty scenes.

The standard of the presentation is consistent from the previous two discs and each trailer is clearly seperated as well as having its own chapter stop and menu entry to make it easy to browse as well as to watch as a single feature. There are a lot more American trailers here than on part two and although the trailers are spread out and split up to avoid too much similarity, if watching the whole disc in a single sitting, it can become a little repetitive. In keeping with the spirit of the series there are certainly some very rare and obscure trailers on this reel, although the low budget American films which are the focus of this disc generally did not seem to use as elaborate promotional techniques as those films covered on the earlier discs and although there are a few neat gimmicks on show, most of the trailers are more conventional (even if the films themselves are generally not). As a result, this disc is probably of less interest to casual viewers, but certainly recommended to fans of Grindhouse films in general and particularly in the low budget American productions.

Films Included
Film Title (original/alt. title) Year IMDB Link Genre
Act of Vengeance
(Rape Squad)
1974 IMDB Action
Sweden Heaven and Hell
(Svezia, inferno e paradiso)
1968 IMDB Sexploitation
The Doberman Gang 1972 IMDB Comic Action
The Female Response 1973 IMDB Sexploitation
Flesh Feast 1970 IMDB Horror
Slash: Blade of Death
(Zhui ji)
1971 IMDB Kung-Fu
(Una lucertola con la pelle di donna)
1971 IMDB Giallo
Terminal Island 1973 IMDB Action
Panama Red 1976 IMDB Action
Touch of Satan 1971 IMDB Horror
Black Mama, White Mama 1973 IMDB Blaxploitation
Ther Working Girls 1974 IMDB Comedy
Swedish Wife Exchange Club
(Ehepaar sucht gleichgesinntes)
1969 IMDB Sexploitation
Cannibal Girls 1973 IMDB Comic Horror
The Spook Who Sat by the Door 1973 IMDB Action
Superchick 1983 IMDB Comic Action
Shriek of the Mutilated 1976 IMDB Horror
Deadly China Doll
(Hei lu)
1973 IMDB Kung-Fu
Northville Cemetery Massacre 1976 IMDB Action
Nazi Love Camp 27
(La svastica nel ventre)
1977 IMDB Nazisploitation
Moonshine County Express 1977 IMDB Action
Revenge of the Ninja 1983 IMDB Action
Police Women 1974 IMDB Action
Invasion of the Flesh Hunters (Apocalypse domani) 1980 IMDB Horror
Linda (Lorna the Exorcist
Les possédées du diable
1974 IMDB Horror
Open Season 1974 IMDB Thriller
The Harrad Experiemnt 1973 IMDB Drama
Don't Open the Door 1975 IMDB Horror
The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun 1970 IMDB Drama
The Candy Snatchers 1973 IMDB Thriller
The Female Bunch 1971 IMDB Western Action
Tarzana the Wild Girl
(Tarzana, sesso selvaggio)
1969 IMDB Euro-Adventure
Swedish Fly Girls
1971 IMDB Sexploitation
Soul Soldier
(The Red, White, and Black)
1970 IMDB Blaxploitation Western
Macon County Line 1974 IMDB Action
1969 IMDB Euro-Thriller
Centrefold Girls 1974 IMDB Thriller
The Black Oak Conspiracy 1977 IMDB Thriller
Beware of the Bretheren
(The Fiend)
1972 IMDB British Horror
Succbare 1981 IMDB Horror
Vampires Night Orgy
(La orgía nocturna de los vampiros)
1974 IMDB Euro-Horror
Class of '74
(Gabriella, Gabriella)
1972 IMDB Sexy Comedy
Blood and Lace 1971 IMDB Horror
The Dead Are Alive
(L'etrusco uccide ancora)
1972 IMDB Euro-Horror
The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba) 1971 IMDB Euro-Horror
Blue Sunshine 1978 IMDB Horror
A Town Called Hell 1971 IMDB Euro-Western
The Swappers
(The Wife Swappers)
1970 IMDB British Sexploitation
Mother Goose a Go-Go
(Mother Goose a GoGo)
1966 IMDB Sexy Comedy
A Small Town in Texas 1976 IMDB Action
Black Gunn 1976 IMDB Blaxploitation Action
The Loves and Times of Scaramouche
(Le avventure e gli amori di Scaramouche
1976 IMDB Comedy
The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here! 1972 IMDB Horror
The Telephone Book 1971 IMDB Comedy

In Brief
Any gore or violence ? Several violent and gory sequences.
Any sex? A number of female nude and sex scenes.
Who is it for? Grindhouse and cult films fans will certainly enjoy this.
Visuals Aspect ratios vary - anamorphic widescreen. Colour.
Picture quality varies between trailers although it is generally good with most having only minor damage and light grain.
Audio English mono - quality varies but is generally strong.
Subtitles English HOH
Extras The disc includes:
  • Kim Newman's guide to Grindhouse - a discussion with the film journalist about Grindhouse films and their trailers, illustrated with clips from the trailer reel. (15 minutes)
  • Introduction by Kim Newman that plays before the reel starts.
  • A gallery of posters for the films included on the trailer reel - as a video file with music backing.
  • Bonus trailers for the other Nucleus releases Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things, Dead of Night, Night of the Bloody Apes, Playgirls and the Vampire, Cannibal Girls, Teaserama, Varieteast, Ghost Story, Bloodbath at the House of Death, Death Ship, Fausto 5.0, Gwendoline, The Ugliest Woman in the World and Between Your Legs as well as the previous two Grindhouse Trailer discs and the Video Nasties documentary/trailer set.
Region Region 2 (UK, Europe) - PAL
Cuts? The trailers are uncut as they were originally shown. All of the trailers carry English langauge titles as they would have been shown in US cinemas.



All text in this review written by Timothy Young - 10th November 2011.
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