“The most… ungodly… father of them all!”
Justin’s rating: Coming soon to a theater near you
Justin’s review: We here at Mutant Reviewers find a kindred soul in Alamo Drafthouse and its Drafthouse Films, which has become famous for preserving and promoting some of the weirdest films ever made — particularly Miami Connection, which was virtually saved from obscurity by the theater.
But we all don’t have the time or the bravery to sit through all of the goofiest cult films out there, which is why the team scrounged 46 trailers to movies from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, smashed ’em together, and served ’em up as Trailer War.
It’s no more and no less than this: One loony movie trailer after the other, taking you on a journey through genres, decades, and fine gradients of minimal acceptable standards. We go from Stunt Rock to Dungeonmaster to The Tongfather to Star Crash, all without any additional context or commentary.
If you’re like me and gobble up trailers for their bite-sized sampler of a film’s wares, then this is a feast of constant entertainment. It’s a whole lot of movies that you and I have (mostly) never heard of. Some of the trailers are so badly done — say, in nonstop slow-motion — that it’s fun to laugh at them. Others genuinely convinced me to pick up the movie in question and explore it further.
Trailer War is also a great way to return to an era before the modern trailer to witness a truly diverse array of editing and marketing styles that used to exist. The only common thread that seems to run between all of these is that they’re certainly not boring, lending themselves to a whole lot of overacting, explosions, and ridiculous setups.
I will warn you that all of this diversity does include some trailers that show a little more blood or nudity than you might expect. It’s not constant, but there’s no warning on some of these — I didn’t need to see a kid being made into a eunuch, let’s just say that — so you’ve got to be OK with the tonal and editing whiplash that takes place over these two hours.
Personally, I walked away with a half-dozen or so new movies on my ever-growing list — and a sense that I will never really “see it all” in this industry.