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Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 6 (1999)

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Series showing signs of wear
24 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Volume six of Something Weird Video's Dusk to Dawn series shows signs of wear. This volume repeats trailers found in previous entries. Operation Yellow Viper and 100,000 for Ringo were both featured in volume five, which suggests that the editor is not keeping track of what trailers he is using. The 100,000 for Ringo trailer is especially grating because it is featured twice in volume six, once in Italian (under the title 100000 Dollari Per Ringo). Also repeated in a foreign language version is the trailer to A Candidate for a Killing (The English language trailer is in volume five). I could also single out The Female Butcher trailer which is repeated under the film's more familiar title Legend of Blood Castle, but, since I happen to love that trailer, I am not going to complain (was Elizabeth Bathory a vampire or a handmaiden to the Devil?).

There are good trailers here. The trailer for Twisted Nerve is a classic, using the Bernard Herrmann score that Quentin Tarantino sampled in Kill Bill Volume One. Also, the trailers for The Nesting, The Violent Professionals, and Body Snatcher from Hell show up the advertised feature features (none of the three are bad movies, but they can't live up to their trailers). In addition, because of volume six, I now want to watch The Student Body, a co-ed sex comedy that becomes a horror thriller, and the Japanese crime film The Weed of Crime. Volume six deserves points for introducing me to both films.

Other trailers I am not as taken with. There are quite a few trailers for K. Gordon Murray kids movies. Little Red Riding Hood and the Monsters with its skunk hero (!) looks wild, but trailers for five such films seems a bit much. The Thunder Kick looks to be the most boring kung-fu film ever made. And, while I appreciate getting to see the trailer for George Romero's There's Always Vanilla, after watching it, I have little interest in viewing the feature film. Finally, I am not sure what to write about the trailer for Can't Stop the Music. As a cultural artifact it is fascinating, but does it belong on the Trashorama Show?

In the end, volume six runs under ninety minutes. With the mixed selection and, especially, the trailers repeated from volume five, this is hands down the weakest of the Dusk to Dawn series thus far. It did, however, still give me a reasonably good time.


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