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Exploitation boutique label Garagehouse  – the brainchild of Exhumed Films programmer Harry Guerro – has followed up Trailer Trauma with an even more jam-packed, three hour and twenty-plus minute long compendium of grindhouse/drive-in trailers that they’re calling Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama. Once again the collection promises “rare theatrical trailers, many of which have not been previously released on VHS or DVD,” compiled and curated by Guerro from his private collection. Rather than a general genre grab-bag, the theme this time, as indicated by the Drive-In Monsterama subtitle, is the horror and monster movies that stalked rural drive-ins throughout the ‘60s and ‘70s. Sure enough, a number of these trailers are otherwise unavailable on home video compilations and the familiar trailers are different versions of ones you may have seen in the special features of standalone DVD/Blu-rays. There are even a few trailers for movies I’ve never heard of, including Eye of the Cat (1969) and Blood of Dracula’s Curse (1969). The first Trailer Trauma was a bit of a ‘play it by ear’ affair, but, this time, Garagehouse has opted to group the trailers by type (example: possession movies), region (example: Italian), and/or studio (example: Hammer). Sometimes, the themes even cleverly flow into one another, like when we go from island movies, like Island of the Damned, into Frankenstein Island, into the Frankenstein-themed Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, then into other Hammer horror movies.

 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama
The complete collection includes:
  • GMRX public service announcement/ Monsters anti-cable TV message/intro card
  • Superbeast (1972)/ Daughters of Satan (1972) double-feature
  • The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973)
  • Werewolves on Wheels (1972 – followed by a ‘visit Universal Studios’ title card)
  • Count Dracula & His Vampire Bride (aka: Satanic Rites of Dracula, 1973)
  • Dracula’s Great Love (Spanish: El gran amor del conde Drácula, 1973)
  • War of the Gargantuas (Japanese: Furankenshutain no kaijû: Sanda tai Gaira, 1966)
  • Latitude Zero (Japanese: Ido zero daisakusen, 1969)
  • Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror (Spanish: La marca del Hombre Lobo, 1968)
  • Vampire Beast Craves Blood (aka: Blood Beast of Terror, 1968)
  • Bloodsuckers ( Incense for the Damned, 1970)/ Blood Thirst (1971) double-feature
  • The Folks at the Red Wolf Inn (aka: Terror House, 1972)
  • The Mad Butcher (1971)
  • Carnivorous (Italian: Ultimo mondo cannibale; aka: Jungle Holocaust or Sacrifice1977)
  • Island of the Damned (Spanish: ¿Quién puede matar a un niño?; aka: Who Can Kill a Child, 1974)
  • Island of the Fishmen (German language trailer; Italian: L'isola degli uomini pesce; aka: Screamers [re-edited version], 1979)
  • Frankenstein Island (1981)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
  • Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974)


 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama
  • Black Belly of the Tarantula (Italian: La tarantola dal ventre nero, 1971)/ Weekend Murders (Italian: Concerto per pistola solista, 1970) double-feature
  • The Murder Clinic (Italian: La lama nel corpo, 1966)
  • Schizoid (aka: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin; Italian: Una lucertola con la pelle di donna, 1971)
  • The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (Italian: La notte che Evelyn uscì dalla tomba, 1971)
  • Baron Blood (Italian: Gli orrori del castello di Norimberga, 1972)
  • Dorian Gray (1970)
  • The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
  • The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (1975)
  • The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972)
  • Horror Chamber of Dr. Faustus (aka: Eyes without a Face; French: Les yeux sans visage, 1960)/ The Manster (1959) double-feature
  • Banana Monster (aka: Schlock, 1973)
  • Gorilla Gang (1968)
  • Eye of the Cat (1969)
  • Willard (1971)
  • Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
  • Cathy’s Curse (1977)
  • The Demons (French: Les démons, 1973)
  • Mark of the Witch (1970)
  • Terror (1978)
  • Terror in the Wax Museum (1973)


 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama
  • Nightmare in Wax (1969)
  • Blood of Dracula’s Curse (1969)
  • Castle of Evil (1966)
  • The Terror (1963)
  • Tower of the Screaming Virgin (aka: She Lost Her... You Know What, 1968)
  • Scream of the Demon Lover (Italian: Il castello dalle porte di fuoco, 1970)
  • And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)
  • The House that Screamed (Spanish: La residencia, 1970)
  • Hell House Girls (aka: School for Unclaimed Girls and The Smashing Bird I Used to Know, 1969)
  • House of 1000 Dolls (1967)
  • House of Psychotic Women (aka: Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll; Spanish: [i]Los ojos azules de la muñeca rota, 1974)
  • House of Seven Corpses (1974)
  • House by the Lake (aka: Death Weekend, 1976)
  • Burnt Offerings (1976)
  • Horror House (aka: The Haunted House of Horror, 1969)
  • Beast in the Cellar (1970)
  • Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971)
  • Silent Night, Bloody Night (aka: Night of the Dark Full Moon, 1972)
  • Woman & Bloody Terror (1970)/ Night of Bloody Horror (1969)
  • Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)/ Night of the Blood Monsters (aka: The Bloody Judge, 1970) double-feature
  • The Blood Rose (French: La rose écorchée, 1970)
  • Blood Demon (aka: The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism; German: Die Schlangengrube und das Pendel, 1967)
  • Brides of Blood (1968)
  • Brain of Blood (1971)
  • The Vampire People (aka: Blood Is the Color of Night, 1964)
  • Curse of the Vampires (aka: Whisper to the Wind, 1966)
  • Guess What Happened to Count Dracula? (1971)
  • Andy Warhol’s Dracula (aka: Blood for Dracula, 1974)
  • Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (aka: Flesh for Frankenstein, 1973)
  • The Embalmer (Italian: Il mostro di Venezia, 1965)


 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama
  • The Deathmaster (1972)
  • The Thing with Two Heads (1972)
  • Creature with the Blue Hand (aka: The Bloody Hand, 1967)
  • The Psychopath (1966)
  • Tales that Witness Madness (1973)
  • Kiss and Kill (aka: The Blood of Fu Manchu, 1968)
  • De Sade (1969)
  • The Computer Killers (aka: Horror Hospital, 1973)
  • The Mind Snatchers (aka: The Happiness Cage, 1972)
  • Brainstorm (1963)/ The Woman Who Wouldn’t Die (aka: Catacombs, 1965) double-feature
  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
  • Necromancy (aka: The Witching,1972)
  • Night of the Eagle (aka: Burn, Witch, Burn, 1962)
  • Brotherhood of Satan (1970)
  • Beware My Brethren (aka: The Fiend, 1972)
  • Land of the Minotaur (aka: The Devil's Men, 1976)
  • The Lost Continent (1968)
  • The Project Man (1966)
  • The Shuttered Room (1967)
  • Torture Garden (1967)
  • In the Devil’s Garden (1973)
  • The Devil’s Nightmare (French: La plus longue nuit du diable, 1971)
  • Devils of Darkness (1965)
  • The Devil Within Her (aka: I Don’t Want to be Born and Sharon’s Baby, 1975)
  • The Gorgon (1964) Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb (1964) double-feature
  • The Old Dark House (1963))/ Maniac (1963) double-feature
  • Zombie (Italian: Zombi 2, 1979)/”Goodnight” outro


 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama

Video


(Note: The A/V quality of this disc is quite similar to the previous Trailer Trauma collection, so I’ve more or less copied my thoughts from the first Trailer Trauma collection, making exceptions where needed)

Garagehouse has transferred and digitally mastered all of the trailer clips in this collection from various 35mm release prints in 4K. They are presented in their original aspect ratios (that is, the aspect ratio of the trailer, not necessarily the aspect ratio of the film, itself) in full 1080p HD video. The difference between this super hi-res digital transfer and most movie-specific releases is that the point of this disc is to recreate the look and feel of a grindhouse or drive-in experience. The grit, grain, and extensive print damage are all part of that experience, so Garagehouse hasn’t cleaned or digitally ‘corrected’ the footage. Viewers can enjoy every impeccably captured scratch, tear, and chemical stain artefact, as well as some awkwardly spliced title cards ( The Mad Butcher and Carnivorous being prime examples) and missing frames. And yet, the image quality is rarely so damaged that it masks the detail or could be mistaken for excessive digital compression. The “worst” cases are just more faded, ‘pulsy’ ( The Demons has some major issues with throbbing colours), and/or imbalanced in terms of gamma/contrast (common effects for aged material). This leads to some washed-out colours ( Castle of Evil and The Devil Within Her) or dark and murky hues with heavy blacks ( The Boy Who Cried Werewolf and the Bloodsuckers/ Blood Thirst double-feature).

 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama

Audio


In addition to the 4K scan, Garagehouse has remastered the original optical soundtracks of each trailer and that audio is presented in uncompressed, LPCM 2.0 mono. Aside from some pops and cracks that are usually confined to the beginning and end of reels, it’s generally cleaner than the video. In fact, some trailers have such pristine sound that it’s sort of uncanny, especially when coupled with the post-dubbed English of some of the foreign releases. There is inconsistency in tone and volume between trailers, of course, but, with only a handful of exceptions, there’s only minor fuzz and distortion. There are plenty of examples of brief audio drop out, though. The footage-free Carnivorous trailer is a particular standout, as it begins with an extended title crawl and the audio (which has been stolen in part from Texas Chainsaw Massacre), completely disappears.

Extras


  • Audio commentary with Keith Crocker, director of The Bloody Ape (1997) and Blitzkrieg: Escape from Stalag 69 (2008), and George Reis of DVDDrive-In.com – This expert track quickly and entertainingly runs down every film on the list.
  • Trailers for Ninja Busters and Trailer Trauma


 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama

Overall


Trailer Trauma 2 is bigger and better than its already very entertaining predecessor, especially if you tend to prefer outrageous horror trailers over more mixed-genre offerings. The footage is perfectly filthy, yet quite sharp due to the 4K scanning, sounds better than expected, and includes an enthusiastic expert commentary track for good measure (the previous collection had no extras).

 Trailer Trauma II: Drive-In Monsterama
* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.


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