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It sounds like a lot: 80 movie trailers cut together one after another, some as little as 30 seconds, but most hitting around the 3 minute mark, and most of which are for movies youíve either never heard of before, or if you haveóyouíve never seen. But after hitting play, itís surprising how easy it is to get sucked in, and those 3 hours (and more!) fly by like thereís no tomorrow. The glory of it just being one trailer after another is that, if you donít have 3 hours to sit around, you can easily start and stop it anywhere youíd like, and not get lost or forget whatís happening or whatnotóbecause each ďstoryĒ is wrapped up within the confides of each individual trailer. And at the same time, itís one of those things that can be easily played in the background without requiring much (or any) attention.
Split up by genre, the collection starts with blaxploitation cinema, then to sexploitation, then on to general exploitation, then come the cheap sci-fi and horror films, followed by soft-core and hardcore porn trailers, and ending with a mix of teenage exploitation, biker exploitation, and then just about anything else that you could think of. All bases are touched here, and fans of the whole GRINDHOUSE experience should really dig it, as thereís something for everyone. The majority of the exploitation is the sexploitation genre though, naughty schoolgirls and dangerous vixens, rape and revenge flicks, and a ton (and I mean A TON) of nudity-fueled trailers for nudity-fueled movies. Which, of course, is totally awesome.
My only complaint, if you could call it a complaint, is that there werenít enough horror trailers, specifically of the slasher variety, which is my favorite sub-genre. I get that slashers didnít explode on the scene until later in the Ď80s, but stillÖ Iím sure thereís more out there than was presented on this disc. Same goes for the sci-fi/horror monster movies, the kind that took the popularity of JAWS and ALIEN and went on to rip them off and make an easy buck. There are a fewóbut I wanted more. Then again, thereís so many trailers that hit on the real grimy grindhouse exploitation cinema of the era, that itís hard to fault the collection for this, as it literally has just about everything else. Violence, sex, nudity, with a bit more violence, sex, and nudity slung in there for good measure.
Audio: Mixed in DTS-Digital 2.0, the sound is only as good as crappy grindhouse theaters of the Ď70s would allow it, but for what it is, it sounds pretty solid. As good as expected, nothing moreÖ nothing less.