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Trailer Trash!
Camp Motion Pictures // Unrated // January 8, 2008
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Review by Paul Mavis | posted December 14, 2007 | E-mail the Author
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This may be the shortest review I've ever written for DVDTalk (indeed, it may be one of the site's shortest), because what can I say about Camp Motion Pictures' release of Trailer Trash!, a two-disc, five-hour collection of previously released trailers for sexploitation and splatter films? When I saw the title available, I just assumed this was a collection of cool old trailers for some marginal drive-in fare from earlier decades. Unfortunately, those vintage offerings are few and far between on Trailer Trash!.

If you're old enough to remember the classic drive-in experience (and I mean the really nasty, run-down, tawdry ones on the outskirts of town or deep out in the boonies, not those nice, clean suburban ones that showed Disney and Frankie and Annette), you'll no doubt remember the thrills of not only seeing various grade-Z exploitationers like American biker flicks, Italian splatter epics, and British vampire sex pictures, but also the many trailers and coming attractions that the owners used to bracket the main features. And if you went to one of the "dusk to dawn" outings (the absolute zenith of drive-in moviegoing), you might see two dozen trailers before the sun popped up.

Had Trailer Trash! included only those cool trailers from that time period, say the 1960s through the very late mid-70s, it would have been on my top ten list for the year. As Trailer Trash!'s DVD box correctly states, "serious cinemagoers and moviewatchers loooove [sic] movie trailers." And there is a section of Trailer Trash! where some vintage sexploitation trailers from the early seventies are included, with a handful of other vintage action and exploitation trailers strewn about (I particularly liked the Western gore fest, 5 Bloody Graves, from schlockmeister Al Adamson).

But overwhelmingly, the trailers included on Trailer Trash! are video-shot late 70s, early 80s cheapies for straight-to-video store nothings, as well as quite a few "fake" trailers for some older titles, where the releasing arm cobbled together a few scenes, and laid over a narrator to make it sound like a true trailer. Worse for Trailer Trash!, quite a few trailers for B-movie queen Misty Mundae are repeated on another part of one of the discs, and for no apparent reason other than laziness. The quality difference between the true, vintage trailers (even from the grade-Z releasing companies) and the newer, video-shot trailers, is night and day. Simply put, the new stuff just isn't as interesting, from a film lover's perspective, as the older trailers. Don't get me wrong; some of the girls in the soft-core porn trailers look amazing, but nothing about these "best of" moments constitute real trailers. And that's why Trailer Trash! is such a bum collection.

I've listed all the titles included on Trailer Trash!, on the off-chance that some of the titles might ring a bell for the trailer collector who's for that elusive coming attraction for Topless Tapioca Wrestling or Chainsaw Sally:

CAMP MOTION PICTURES:
Cannibal Campout
Woodchipper Massacre
Ghoul School: Splatter U Edition
Video Violence
Video Violence 2
Beauty Queen Butcher
Splatter Beach
Zombie Bloodbath Trilogy
Killing Spree

RETRO SHOCK-O-RAMA VAULT:
5 Bloody Graves
Slime City
Women's Prison Massacre
Criminally Insane
Satan's Black Wedding
Drainiac: Coming Soon!

SHOCK-O-RAMA VAULT:
Fangoria Weekend
Shock-O-Rama
Dark Chamber: Coming Soon!
Millennium Crisis: Coming Soon!
Bacterium
Chainsaw Sally
Creature from the Hillbilly Lagoon
Sinful
Skin Crawl
Feeding the Masses
Prison-A-Go Go
Suburban Nightmare
Bite Me!
Screaming Dead
Demoness
Psycho Sisters

BLOODY EARTH FILMS VAULT:
American Punks
A Feast of Flesh
Psycho Kickboxer: Coming Soon!

DISC TWO:

SECRET KEY MOTION PICTURES:
Sensual Incantations
Topless Tapioca Wrestling
Forbidden Desires
Taylor Wane's Erotic Games
Softcore Divas: Behind the G-Strings
The Breastford Wives
The House on Hooter Hill
The Busty Stag Collection
Dracula's Dirty Daughter
Skin in the 50's

SEDUCTION CINEMA EROTICA VAULT:
Chantal
Curious Obsessions
The Seduction of Misty Mundae
The Sexy Adventures of Van Helsing
Lust for Dracula
Satan's School for Lust
The Witches of Sappho Salon
Sin Sisters
Dr. Jeckyll & Mistress Hyde
Roxanna
Lustful Addiction
Mistress of Seduction
My Vampire Lover
Vampire Obsession
The Erotic Mirror
An Erotic Vampire in Paris
Muffy the Vampire Slayer
Hot Vampire Nights
The Erotic Ghost
Girl Explores Girl: Alien Encounter
Vampire Seduction
Cyberotica
Caress of the Vampire
Vampire Vixens
An Erotic Werewolf in London
G-Strings Vampires
The Erotic Diary of Misty Mundae

SEDUCTION CINEMA SPOOFS VAULT:
SSI: Sexy Squad Investigation
Kinky Kong
Cloak and Shag Her
Lord of the G-Strings
Spiderbabe
Sexy American Idle
Carlito's Angels
Gladiator Eroticus
The Girl Who Shagged Me
Scary Sexy Disaster Movie
Mistress Frankenstein
Mummy Raider
Erotic Witch Project
Erotic Witch Project 2
Witchbabe: Erotic Witch Project 3
Erotic Survivor
Erotic Survivor 2
The Sexy 6th Sense
Who Wants to Be an Erotic Billionaire
Playmate of the Apes

RETRO-SEDUCTION CINEMA VAULT:
Retro Restoration Documentary
Misty (1976)
Abigail Leslie is Back (1975)
Laura's Toys (1975)
Butterflies (1974)
Girl Meets Girl (1974)
Vampire Ecstasy (1974)
Swedish Wildcats (1972)
Seduction of Inga (1969)
Inga (1967)
Inga (1967)
Fancy Lady (1971)
Lustful Addiction (1968)
Pleasures of a Woman (1970)
2069: A Sexy Odyssey
Run, Virgin, Run
The Girls Who Do
Hideout in the Sun
The Sexperts
The Sexploiters
Daddy Darling
A Touch of Genie
Cinderella 2000
Naughty/Blazing Stewardesses

MISTY MUNDAE TRAILER VAULT:
Misty Mundae: Skin to Scream
The Erotic Mirror
Erotic Survivor
The Erotic Witch 3: Witchbabe
The Girl Who Shagged Me
Gladiator Eroticus
The Lord of the G-Strings
Lust for Dracula
Lustful Addiction
Sexy American Idle
Mummy Raider
My Vampire Lover
Playmate of the Apes
Roxanna
Satan's School for Lust
The Seduction of Misty Mundae
Sin Sisters
Spiderbabe
Vampire Vixens
Dr. Jeckyll & Mistress Hyde
The Erotic Diary of Misty Mundae

The DVD:

The Video:
The actual transfers of the trailers (some, depending on the titles, presented in widescreen, but mostly 1:33) aren't bad for Trailer Trash!, but the quality of the original materials is frequently horrendous (particularly the straight-to-video stuff from the early 80s), so be forewarned.

The Audio:
The English mono audio track is more than adequate for these less-than-stellar mixes. Obviously, no subtitles are provided.

The Extras:
Other than a link to a catalogue for ordering some of these titles, there are no extras for Trailer Trash!.

Final Thoughts:
The best trailers on Trailer Trash! are vintage sexploitation coming attractions that Retro-Seduction has already released on their own DVDs, leaving the rest of Trailer Trash! to crappy video porn and splatter junk "trailers" that are of little interest. Those expecting a cool collection of 60s and 70s drive-in and grindhouse trailers will most likely be disappointed by the random, repetitive Trailer Trash!. Skip it.


Paul Mavis is an internationally published film and television historian, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, and the author of The Espionage Filmography.

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