By FOREST TAYLORIt seems like it was ages ago when my friends and I all crowded around in my parents' basement to watch Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell on VHS. At that point, I thought that we were the only people who would enjoy something like that. However, I've recently learned that the collection of grindhouse movie trailers has something of a cult following surrounding it. I like knowing that the entertainment from this video was not limited to myself and my high school friends; that there were people all over the world who have discovered this little gem. Well, now Virgil Films has upped the ante and given us a long-awaited follow-up to that 1987 classic with "Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell!"
Just like the last time, it is a collection of horror movie trailers mainly from the '60s, '70s and '80s. Some of them like The Exorcist, Willard and Suspiria are pretty well-known among horror fans. Others are far more obscure and some would be known only to the most die-hard horror aficionado. By the way, I've never heard of Little Red Riding Hood and the Monsters, but it looks amazing! The trailer alone has hooked me in. The prevues are a little more organized this time around. In the last film, it was basically a grab-bag of random trailers. This time, everything is kept in groups with names like "Cannibal Horror", "Serial Killer Horror" and everyone's personal favorite: "T & A Horror".
As before, our old friend Happy Goldsplatt serves as master of ceremonies, but this time he's brought some friends along. His guests include various horror hosts and horror movie alums like John Zacherle, Linnea Quigley, Debra Lynn Allen, Johnny Legend and William Forsythe. They all ruminate about their favorite horror films and some of them stay to joke around with Happy. By the way, stay for the end credits to see the biggest laugh of the film.
My only real complaint isn't really the fault of the makers, but some of the prevues are way too short. After hearing several horror fans talk about what a creepy and disturbing movie The Baby was, I sat in anticipation expecting to see some really fucked up shit. Instead I got a trailer that was less than a minute long and didn't really lend any credibility to what made the movie so creepy. My only other nitpick is the fact that our old pal Mad Ron didn't make an appearance. It just didn't feel the same without that rabid, drooling maniac running the projector.
Those nitpicks aside, Celluloid Bloodbath is a worthy successor to the old cult classic and like the last movie, it's perfect background material for any Halloween party. The DVD also comes with cool extra features like a making-of video, blooper reel and trailers (yes trailers for a movie that features nothing but trailers).
So, I'd like to give a shout-out to James F. Murray Jr., Nick Pawlow, Jim Monaco and the people over at Virgil Films. You guys sure know how to make a good compilation video!