09th Nov2011

‘Grindhouse Trailer Classics Vol.3’ DVD Review

by Phil Wheat


Introduced by Kim Newman | Produced by Marc Morris, Jake West

Nucleus Films follow up the critically acclaimed first two volumes in the Grindhouse Trailer Classics series with this all-new third volume, featuring even more outrageous and crazy trailers for movies from the heady days of cult and exploitation cinema, the likes of which have sadly been lost in this day and age of Hollywood blockbusters and high definition entertainment.

Throwing politically correctness out the window, the trailers in this third epic volume run the gamut from sexploitation movies (which seem to have an obsession with swinging Sweden and the activities which apparently go on there), biker movies, blackploitation classics – who doesn’t want to watch The Spook Who Sat By the Door?, martial arts masterpieces such as Deadly China Doll and Revenge of the Ninja, good old nazispolitation (Nazi Love Camp 27 I’m looking at you) and all-out horror films like It Came Without Warning, Cannibal Apocalypse (or as its shown here Invasion of the Flesh Hunters) and The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave… Every subject is covered in Grindhouse Trailer Classics Vol.3, even for those folks who dreamt of watching a movie about a group of bank-robbing Dobermans!!

This collection of trailers also features a lot of famous faces in roles they’d probably forget including Veronica Lake, John Saxon, Pam Grier, Peter Fonda, Don Johnson, The Brady Bunch‘s Maureen McCormick and even CSI Miami‘s David Caruso in a blink a you’ll miss him scene in the trailer for It Came Without Warning

But what is most interesting – given the claims of exploitation of women in the genre – there’s actually a distinct female-empowerment flavour to this third collection of trailers. Black Mama/White Mama, Police Women, Superchick, Deadly China Doll, The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (and yes, that is the real title) and The Female Bunch are just some of the trailers in this collection featuring badass females doing it for themselves and standing up to any and all oppressors.

On top of the 55 fantastic trailers in this set, this DVD also contains a great featurette entitled ‘Kim Newman’s Guide to Grindhouse’ which sees the author and critic take a look back at this long lost age of cinema and casts his eye over this collection of trailers. Plus there’s a poster gallery for most of the films contained in this volume and trailers for EVERY other release from Nucleus Films.

Packed with sleaze, tease, gore and more, Grindhouse Trailer Classics Vol.3 is, for me, an essential purchase and should be a considered a wish list of movies to own for any grindhouse loving film fan.

Grindhouse Trailer Classics Vol.3 is out now courtesy of Nucleus Films.


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