Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Stephen Romano Presents Shock Festival (2010)

Director: Stephen Romano

Writer: Victor Bonacore

Composer: Mars Homeworld

Starring: Diana Baisley, Jessica Baisley, Alexandra Cipolla, Jennifer English, Alan Rowe Kelly, Mike Lane, Ruby Larocca, Jamie Mayhem, Mike Mistake, Sarah Nicklin, Chi Orengo, Jude Pucillo, Michael Reed, Sybelle Silverphoenix, Joey Smack, Brenna Gwyn Snowe

More info: IMDb

Tagline: if you think you've seen it all...

Plot: Take a wild journey through the exploitation movie scenes of the 1970s and 1980s with this collection of hundreds of actual previews of coming attractions, television commercials and radio spots for the sleaziest, sexiest most off-the-wall films ever made - all digitally re-mastered from original film elements. This is the ultimate collection of classic exploitation and horror trailers, TV ads and radio spots. This 3-disc set includes new audio and video tribute media, collectable poster and full-color liner notes.

My rating: 10/10

Will I watch it again? It's a trailer compilation, of coures!

This trailer comp is different than any other in that it's got 34 minutes of made up trailer for movies that don't exist.  Nearly all of them strive to look like 60s/70s grindhouse trailers in the way they look and feel but you soon discover that it takes a lot more than adding scratches, cutting frames and grading to achieve that.  Some are pretty good and others not so much but they're all worthy efforts.  This is the kind of thing I've been wanting to do myself for many years.  Someday I guess...  Each fake trailer has it's own movie poster (and they look fantastic!) and optional audio commentary. Here's a breakdown of the new trailers on disc 1.

Attack of the Sadistic Killer
Tentacles in a Twisted Death Dream
Toolshed of the Livind Dead
Girl Killer
The Ghost of the Raven
Devil Sister
Dark Night of the Demonhouse
Dead Bugs On the Carpet
I Hate Your Guts!
Dead Bugs On the Carpet 2
They Made Me
Thinking Man's Gun

The rest of disc 1 has real trailers and there are some beauts, too.  My favorite is probably Gone with the Pope.  I loved that movie.  Where's the fucking DVD, guys?  All of these have an option commentary with Stephen Romano and another with "Uncle Creepy"

Treasure of the 4 Crowns
Vice Squad (1982)
Cornbread, Earl and Me
Black Samurai (1977)
Grimm's Fairytales
Flesh Gordon (1974)
Amazon Jail
Beyond Atlantis
Challenge to Be Free
Raw Force
Gone with the Pope (1976/2010)
Black Heat
Last Days of Man On Earth
1990: The Bronx Warriors (1982)
The Late, Great Planet Earth
Avalanche Express
Cinderella 2000
Flesh and Lace
Mysterious Island
Circle of Iron (1978)
Fantastic Planet
The Loveless
The Sexy Dozen
2069: A Sex Odyssey
Raiders of Letye Gulf
Scum of the Earth
Venus In Furs
The Female Animal
7 Dwarves to the Rescue
The Fighting Rats of Tobruk
Fight for Your Life
Fast Company
Grand Slam (1967)
Space Raiders
The Final Countdown
Captain America
Killer Force
King Kong vs. Godzilla
Africa Blood and Guts

Disc 2 offers up more trailers but in the horror genre. Each trailer has optional commentaries as on disc 1.

The Stuff (1985)
Pieces (1982)
Snuff (1976)
Beyond the Gate
Burnt Offerings (1976)
Dead and Buried
Blood Spattered Bride (1972)
The House By the Cemetery
Great White (1981)
Cat O 9 Tails
Saturn 3 (1980)
God Told Me To (1976)
The Crazies (1973)
Toolbox Murders (1978)
Don't Look In the Basement
Hell Night
Satan's Black Wedding
Black Belly of the Tarantula
Invasion of the Bee Girls
Maniac (1980)
Banana Monster
Dead of Night
Carnival of Blood
Curse of the Headless Horseman
Mark of the Devil (1970)
Bloodsucking Freaks
Deep Red (1975)
The Curse
Daughters of Darkness
Shock Waves (1977)
The Illustrated Man
The 5th Cord
7 Doors of Death
Blood of Ghastly Horror

Disc 2 continues with a section called TELEVISION SPECTACULAR which is tons of trailers made to air on TV. 

Cry of a Prostitute
The Wrestler
Seven Blows of the Dragon
Don't Open the Window
The Pyx
Mondo Cane
The Killing Machine
Dracula vs. Frankenstein
Old Dracula
The Last Survivor
Angel's Wild Women
The Last Man On Earth
The Crimson Cult
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)
The Shape of Things to Come
And Now the Screaming Starts
Four Flies on Grey Velvet
Eye of the Cat
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Massacre at Central High
JD's Revenge
Evil In the Deep
Rabid (1977)
Beyond the Door 2
Shock Waves (1977)
The 5th Floor
The Brood
The Changeling (1980)
Comin' At Ya!

The trailers keep on comin' with The Trailers of Independant International Pictures which includes an interview with IIP President Sam Sherman.

Mad Doctor of Blood Island
Brides of Blood
Blood-O-Rama Shock Festival
Satan's Sadists
Angel's Wild Women
Horror of the Blood Monsters
Girls for Rent
Naughty Stewardesses
Brain of Blood
Blazing Stewardesses
Blood Drinkers

The disc is rounded out with an image gallery featureing all-new images with music by Dead House Music.  This 7 minute slideshow has the mock posters to the new trailers on disc one plus a whole lot more.  The retro style of the posters is fantastic.  None of these movies exist but I'll be damned if I didn't want to see every one of them.  This is really good stuff.

The third and final disc is nothing but audio; 312 MP3s of 30 and 60 second radio spots.  I haven't had a chance to go through these yet but I've heard some of them before.  It's the kind of thing you'd want to listen to on a trip.  There is a shitload of great titles on this disc that will have you in stitches with laughter.  Some of them get really creative when you don't have the visual to connect to and they're usually loaded with great taglines.

This is a great set and it's obvious the folks behind this have a true love for 70s/80s era genre trailers plus they've added so much more than any other compilation I've ever seen and I've got over 200 DVD of just trailers!  Right now you can get it on Amazon for $12.96 and free shipping (for Prime members).  It's a no brainer.  Even if you don't like the fake trailers, there are still hours and hours of fun in this set.  Simply outstanding.

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