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).
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com 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.