SINedelphia 2012: Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell DVD review

Celluloid Bloodbath, the sequel to 1987’s Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell, is a collection of more than 60 classic grindhouse trailers organized by theme and interspersed with interviews from various horror-related parties.  The trailers range from classics (Suspiria, They Came from Within) to gimmicks (Berserk, Eyeball).  I’m a big fan of the curated trailer compilation concept as these collections always expose me to at least a few films that I’d never heard of (Worm Eaters, where have you been all my life?).  The interview subjects run the gamut from professionals to professional fans.  Some of the highlights include William Forsythe, Conrad Brooks (Plan 9), Zacherle, local undead entertainer Mr. Deadguy (he’ll be hosting the Argento-themed burlesque show at PhilaMOCA on 10/20), and friend of Cinedelphia/author of Filmadelphia Irv Slifkin who introduces trailers for Cronenberg’s Rabid and the “duovision” classic Wicked Wicked.  I asked Irv how he ended up in this project…

“I was a fan of the original Prevues from Hell.  I recognized it was put together by people who loved the old grindhouse and drive-in films like I did and also appreciated the crumbling, Lysol-scented movie palaces of yesteryear.

I’ve been a friend of producers Joe Amodei and Jim Murray for years, but never imagined being in a sequel to Previews from Hell.  When I was invited to participate in Celluloid Bloodbath –especially with filming done at the historic Lansdowne Theater–I was thrilled.  Nobody knows these movies like those guys, and to have a chance to impart my take on great horror movies is a real kick.”

The Colonial Theatre also makes an appearance in the film in all of its Blobfest glory.

The two hour features is accompanied by a standard selection of brief extras (behind the scenes, blooper reel, image galleries) as well as a preservation video for the Lansdowne.

A fun watch that’s not afraid to occasionally be as hokey as some of its trailers.

Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell releases on DVD tomorrow (10/9).

Official site.

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

One comment

  1. “Snarky Guys from Upper Darby Dig a Deep One for Goldsplatt!” Well ya gotta hand it to those PFH (Prevues From Hell), and in Goldsplatt’s neighborhood ‘free hands’ takes on a whole new meaning, albeit somewhat grisley and disquieting! It appears the folks that gagged us silly with their first release, “Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell” have dug up another pile of fresh ones (heh!) for gore hounds to gnaw on just in time for the Halloween season! Just peachy–I haven’t seen it yet as I was busy with some necro-Grrrllls from North Jersey–Don’t ask!
    But if its in dark syncronicity with the Daddy of the series, Fear Not! On second thought, FEAR might be just the thing to pack in yer Mortician’s Bag o’ tricks in preparation for this new Fright-Fest sampling from the dark dredges of Goretown USA!
    These ghouls know they’re chosen and bedeviled, er, beloved genre! Don’t go cheap on the dark drapes as ye sit down for this latest treasure trove of bloody mayhem of celluloid crypt-kickin’ fun and goils! It’s high quality fun!!!

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