The fine folks at Synapse have put together another compilation of movie trailers geared for the, um, less discerning filmgoer. (That would be me.)
Like the previous collections in the 42nd Street Forever series, it’s a veritable cornucopia of B-movie glory. Though a bit less eclectic and obscure than the earlier collections, it’s hard to complain as Part 4 serves up more than 40 trailers that include horror, science fiction, slasher movies, westerns, (alleged) comedies, revenge drama, and more.
The trailers are:
The Syndicate: A Death in the Family
It Came Without Warning
No Blade of Grass
Yor: The Hunter from the Future
Simon, King of the Witches
Die, Sister, Die!
New Year’s Evil
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
The Werewolf Vs. the Vampire Woman
The Legend of Boggy Creek
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Shadow of the Hawk
Can I Do It Till I Need Glasses?
In God We Trust
Part 2 – Walking Tall
Shout at the Devil
March or Die
The Loves and Times of Scaramouche
The Hard Heads
The Chicken Chronicles
Our Winning Season
There are some familiar titles here for genre fans, to be sure, but plenty of oddities and obscurities as well. Of particular interest: The Syndicate: A Death in the Family which may be a crime drama though it seems to throw horror and biker movie elements into the mix; apocalyptic eco-horror No Blade of Grass; what looks to be a Deliverance ripoff (Rituals); and the compilation’s most mind-boggling moment, Richard Burton and O. J. Simpson co-starring in The Klansman. (I think my brain imploded out of sheer cognitive dissonance on that last one.)
Besides the dynamic teaming of Burton and Simpson (*kabonnngg* There goes my brain again!) you’ll also see familiar faces such as Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Robert Carradine, a very young Michael Biehn, Peter Fonda, Robby Benson, Marty Feldman, Rock Hudson, Klaus Kinski, Jack Palance, Gene Hackman, and the debut of Steve Guttenberg. Dear me.
In addition to some TV spots, the DVD features commentary by Fangoria managing editor Michael Gingold, AV Maniacs editor Edwin Samuelson, and film historian Chris Poggiali. Together they offer fun insight into the trainers and trivia about the movies themselves.
The compilation is a worthy addition to the series. Check it out, just be prepared for disappointment as you look for some of these truly obscure movies on video.