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The Brand new boutique exploitation label Garagehouse (the brainchild of Exhumed Films programmer Harry Guerro) is following up their inaugural Blu-ray release of Paul Kyriazi’s Ninja Busters with a two-plus hour-long collection of grindhouse/drive-in trailers that they’re calling Trailer Trauma. The collection promises “rare, ridiculous, horrific, and mind-boggling movie previews, many of which are previously unreleased on DVD or VHS, compiled and curated from [Guerro’s] unparalleled private collection” and is making its Blu-ray debut, following a short theatrical run. I’m never quite sure how to review these types of trailer compilations, but I can say that Trailer Trauma does, indeed, include a number of previews I haven’t already seen on similar anthologies. Also unlike many comparable releases, which tend to be divided by genre types, there’s a thoughtful ‘rhythm’ to the placement of the clips here. This makes Trailer Trauma a slightly more visceral experience than its more didactic counterparts – though, some of the obvious films are paired up, like spoofs Wacko and Hysterical, or post-apocalyptic action, like Mutant War and The Eliminators).

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The complete collection here includes:
  • Death Bed (aka: Terminal Choice, 1985)
  • The Hex Massacre (aka: Who Can Kill a Child? and Island of the Damned, 1976) and Lucifer’s Curse (aka: Holocaust 2000, 1977) double-feature
  • Dawn of the Mummy (1981)
  • Dark Sunday (1976)
  • Sunday in the Country (1974)
  • Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984)
  • Savage Weekend (1979)
  • Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (aka: Dio, Sei Proprio un Padreterno!, 1973)
  • Wacko (1982)
  • Hysterical (1983)
  • The Incredible Torture Show (aka: Bloodsucking Freaks, 1976)
  • Mondo Magic (aka: Magia Nuda, 1975)
  • Coonskin (1975)
  • Fingers (1978)
  • Revenge of the Living Zombies (aka: FleshEater, 1988)
  • The Children (1980)
  • Dr. Frankenstein on Campus (1970)
  • Dracula Blows His Cool (aka: Graf Dracula in Oberbayern, 1979)
  • Creature from Black Lake (1976)
  • Goliathon (1977)
  • One Armed Executioner (1981)
  • Naked Vengeance (1985)
  • Food of the Gods II (aka: Gnaw, 1989)
  • Fright (1971)
  • Jack the Ripper (Jess Franco version, 1976)
  • The Annihilators (1985)
  • Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! (aka: Kill!, 1971)
  • Sands of the Kalahari (1965)
  • Sacrifice! (aka: Deep River Savages, Il Paese del Sesso Selvaggio, 1972)
  • The Games School Girls Play (1972)


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  • The College Girl Murders (1967)
  • Beyond and Back (1978)
  • Black Fist (aka: Bogard, 1974)
  • Penitentiary II (1982)
  • Dog Tags (1987)
  • Nightmare (Romano Scavolini film, 1981)
  • Superstition (1982)
  • Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (aka: Flesh for Frankenstein, 1973)
  • Homebodies (1974)
  • The Alpha Incident (1978)
  • Mutant War (1988)
  • The Eliminators (1986)
  • 9 Deaths of the Ninja (1985)
  • Stoner (1974)
  • Next! (aka: Blade of the Ripper, The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, and Next Victim, 1971)
  • The Rah Rah Girls (aka: What Have You Done to Solange?, 1972)
  • Paranoia (aka: [i]Orgasmo, 1969)
  • Silent Madness (1984)
  • Trick or Treats (1982)
  • The Creeper (aka: Rituals, 1977)
  • Tango Macabre (aka: Oliver Stone’s Seizure, 1974)
  • Ironmaster (1983, in French with no subtitles)
  • No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)
  • Knights of the City (1986)
  • Legend of Frenchie King (1971)
  • The Farmer (1977)
  • Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws (1978)
  • Smokey and the Hot Wire Gang (1979)
  • The Demon Lover (1977)
  • Diabolic Wedding (aka: Annabelle Lee, 1974) & Legend of Horror (1972) double-feature
  • Grave of the Vampire (1972) & Grave of the Dead (?)
  • Hell Hunters (1986)
  • Jungle Wolf II: Return Fire (1988)
  • Captain Apache (1971)


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Video


Garagehouse has transferred mastered all of the trailer clips in this collection in 4K from various 35mm release prints. 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 have plenty of impeccably captured scratches, tears, and chemical stain artefacts to look forward to. 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 usually faded and pulsy, which usually leads to washed-out colours, or dark and murky with heavy blacks. The second-to-last trailer, Jungle Wolf II, breaks the tradition with what looks like an analogue tape scan.

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. The audio is pure, but, aside from some pops and cracks at the beginning and end of reels, it’s pretty clean – generally cleaner than the video. It’s almost disconcerting how clear and unaffected the audio is on average. There is inconsistency in tone and volume between trailers, of course, but, with only a handful of exceptions ( The Children and Dogtags, for example), there’s little fuzz, drop-out, or high-end distortion.

Extras


There is no additional material on the disc.

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Overall


Trailer Trauma is a good time that begs to be shared with friends, preferably rowdy ones, with plenty of junk food and alcohol on hand. Every trailer (save one) has been tastefully remastered for HD A/V quality without deleting the charm of years of print damage to the footage. There’s also likely zero overlap with the other grindhouse/drive-in collections fans may own on DVD or Blu-ray. The party can continue well into the evening without any unwanted reruns.

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* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray release 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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