Friday, July 22, 2011

Trailers From Hell

If you like the filmgoing experience, then odds are you like trailers for motion pictures. There's nothing like the little excitement you get at seeing a peek of some eagerly awaited motion picture. However, watching teasers and trailers, it's easy to forget that they are in some way an art form at once exquisite and kitschy, and for some of us a spark igniting tremendous memories.

Joe Dante has used his fondness for these bits of Americana to launch a website where he and his friends have gathered together a marvelous collection of trailers. Dante is the director of such films as Gremlins, The `Burbs, and The Howling. His fondness for the trailer obviously comes from his stint as a trailer editor for Roger Corman, a film maker known for working on the cheap and is famous for his Poe inspired films often starring the late Vincent Price.

His website Trailer From Hell is a treasure trove of trailers, and it is made special by the additional commentary provided by Dante's "gurus,"directors and producers who also have tremendous fondness for this snippets of goodness. Among the gurus, you can find Eli Roth, John Landis, and Guillermo del Toro. Do yourself a favor and check out this site. It is a treat. If you are especially a fan of horror or science fiction, especially from the sixties and seventies, then it's a positive gold mine.


Life in Oklahoma said...

Hi, Stew: I LOVE the trailers and I LOVE horror and scifi. What a find. Hope this finds you well. D

Anonymous said...

Vincent Price!!! Love him.

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