They have many varying and wonderful names – cult films, exploitation, drive-in, midnight movies – but whatever you call them, the ‘b’ movies of the 60s, 70s and 80s represent a time of remarkable freedom and adventure in cinema. Typically, this was done under restrictive budget pressure and often well outside the mainstream both in a commercial sense and in subject matter.
Marketing such works became an art form in itself. The advertising campaigns tended to latch on to one facet of each movie, be it the premise, the star or – far more often – the more lurid aspects. Sometimes the marketing became as notorious as the films themselves, such as the “Keep repeating to yourself, it’s only a movie…it’s only a movie…” tag line for 1972’s Last House On The Left.
That Wes Craven video nasty is one of the many, many, MANY titles whose trailers are included in the two volume Drive-In Delirium collection from Umbrella Entertainment. The hundreds of trailers are spread over two four-disc sets for a whopping total running time of nearly 24 hours. It’s a staggering assortment of everything from sex comedies to sci-fi schlock to European slasher flicks – all packed into trailers that run the gamut from brilliant to hilariously awful.
Well-known flicks are in attendance, such as Videodrome, Re-Animator and Friday the 13th , but the real fun is in the more obscure titles. If you cannot find dozens of new titles and desperately want to see them, then you must be dead inside. Continue reading