Trailer Trauma 3
There is nothing quite like an 80's horror flick. The decade was a
golden age for films that were created to scare and horrify viewers,
with creative filmmakers pushing the boundaries of the genre. From
slasher flicks finding new and disturbing ways of killing the
victims to monster movies coming up with imaginative and shocking
creatures to grossout films that were daring you to look away it was
a great era for the horror fiend. For those who appreciate that
special time, Garagehouse Pictures has put out an amazing
collection: Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horror-Thon. After establishing
their credentials as a company that really knows how to put out a
compilation collection with Trailer
Trauma and Trailer
Trauma 2: Drive-In Monsterama, they have went above and beyond
the call of duty with this third collection. Spread over two Blu-ray
discs, this set includes trailers for an astonishing 190 films and
clocks in at over seven hours. It's a fantastic collection and
limited to only 1500 copies, so grab it while you can.
The trailers in this set are arranged chronologically by year, with
each year's offerings presented in alphabetical order. This is a
really nice way to arrange them, so you can see the special effects
improve over time, and the scares become a bit more polished (in
some cases). It also helps put the films in their proper place in
cinema history. For example, I hadn't realized that the first Nightmare
on Elm Street movie arrived the same year as Friday the
13th Part 4. I would have guessed that the franchises were
created a bit closer together. It's also interesting to notice how
few of these involve 'classic' horror villains like vampires,
werewolves, and mummies. While Universal and Hammer made names for
themselves with Dracula and Frankenstein films, the 80's generally
shied away from the traditional marquee horror titles and created
new creatures to keep viewers awake at night like Freddy and Jason.
(Though, to be fair, there are a good number of ghosts, and zombies
are well represented.)
The range of these trailers is fairly impressive too. There are a
lot of big-name films that are included from Stanley Kubrick's The
Shining to Angel Heart with Robert De Niro and Aliens.
The major cult-classics are included as well such as Evil Dead 2,
American Werewolf in London, and Basket Case. My
favorite trailers, however, are from the more obscure and smaller
films such as Human Experiments, Humongous, and Rawhead
This inclusive collection presents trailers for films that: tell you
what to do (Don't Answer the Phone, Don't Go in the
Basement); cover holidays and special events (Mother's Day,
April Fool's Day, Prom Night); are set in interesting places (Blood
Beach, Death Valley); and involve various animals (Alligator,
The Fly). There are Scanners, Killbots, and Creepers
as well as The Stepfather, The Entity, and The
Incubus. These take you to school with Final Exam and
Graduation Day and scare you with Terror Train, Terror
Vision and, Terror in the Aisles. Let not forget the
ladies either, we have Lisa, Ms. 45, and Christine
(okay, that last one is actually a car). This set even has
comedy-horror films including Monster Squad, Little Shop of
Horrors, and Saturday the 14th. With well over seven
hours' worth of trailers, there's something for everyone.
This collection arrives on two Blu-ray discs housed in a
single-width, clear case. The cover art has a list of all 190
trailers on the back. The discs are not region-locked and can be
played anywhere in the world. It is limited to only 1500 copies.
These unrestored trailers were scanned and transferred in 4K, and
they vary in quality. Being around 30 years old, a fair number are
showing their age with scratches, dirt and other common defects. A
few are a bit faded, and some are overly dark. In general however
these are in decent shape and look fine.
Hailing from the 80's all of these had mono sound and these discs
faithfully reproduce that. Like the video, these generally sound
fine, though a few are a bit muffled.
Garagehouse really stepped up to the plate for the extras. The
trailers all have a commentary track provided by Chris Poggiali, Ted
Geoghegan, Michael Gingold, Tim Ferrante, Grady Hendrix, Stephen
Romano, Dan Buskirk, James (Doc Terror) Harris and Exhumed Films'
Dan Fraga, Harry Guerro and Jesse Nelson. I haven't had time to
listen to all of these (though I plan to!) but what I heard was
informative and entertaining.
This massive collection of trailers is just plain awesome... it is
hours and hours' worth of entertainment. If you're a horror fan you
really owe it to yourself to pick one of these, and make it fast,
there are only 1500 copies to go around. Highly Recommended.