Amidst all the flurry of ActionFest-y goodness, I have actually only caught a couple of screenings so far. But I had an absolute blast with both. First up for me was Trailer War, a collection of roughly 90 minutes of vintage trailers from cult films ranging from Stunt Rock all the way to Thunder Cops. The collection of trailers was provided to ActionFest from the dank and mysterious vaults of the Alamo Drafthouse.
Out of 90 minutes worth of trailers, I had only seen 2 of the films myself, and I love these types of obscure genre films. So that gives you a sense of just how bizarre and unparralled many of these trailers really were.
I actually wrote down a list of “must see” films based solely on the glory of their trailers.
Here are just a couple of highlights:
I cannot possibly rest until I see this film. David Carradine as a sort of “Rambo/Trautman rolled into one guy” character. And a bunch of environmentalists. And shirtless kung fu in hyper slow motion. This embed is in German, but still worth a watch for the crazy visuals.
At first this trailer has a low rent Mad Max vibe that quickly turns bizarre and veers into low rent Ray Harryhausen territory. And don’t miss Richard Moll (Bull from Night Court) as the evil wizard!
If you are at ActionFest, I recommend making Trailer War a priority watch. This is a freakshow of cult films that is sure to entertain.
If you are reading from home, then seek out some of these other amazing looking highlight titles from Trailer War: Thunder Cops, The Mutations, Force Five, or Golden Needles. Those are all films that made it onto my “must watch” list after their insane trailers.
And I’m Out.