Drive-In Delirium: The New Batch (2018)

One from the to watch pile…

Drive-In Delirium: The New Batch (2018)

The cover to Drive-In Delirium:The New Batch

Film: Whenever anyone, and I mean ANYONE I know, goes and sees a movie, the first question I ask is never ‘was it good?’, it’s always ‘what we’re the trailers before the movie?’ I guess I’m a fan of the anticipation of what is coming rather than what is available.

It’s that secret nerd thing of knowing what is coming out, I guess.

I think it began when I first started becoming a film fan and was hooked on the monthly visit to the video shop. In actual fact, the first VCR my family owned ( top of the line, with a corded remote control) came with a free movie which we could swap for free from good ol’ Joyce Mayne at Auburn. Now occasionally the movie would suck, but I’d rewatch the trailers at the beginning over and over agin so I’d know what to ask my parents to get next time they went over, and my parents were pretty cool so I’d usually get what I wanted.

(As an aside, we once had my father’s choice of Convoy for about two months, a week of which I was sick off school and I spent my days watching and rewatching that movie over and over, to the point I can still, 30 years later, recite the entire film… I was considering performing it as a one-man show with me both as Kris Kristofferson and Ali McGraw)

The Video Dead Masthead

Anyway, what we have here is the third volume on Bluray from Umbrella Entertainment of their Drive-In Delirium series, the previous of which were ‘60s and 70s Savagery’ and ‘Maximum 80s Overdrive’ which both obvious had their focuses on the decades suggested by their titles.

Thankfully this isn’t focusing on the great horror movies of the 90s because, honestly, it would be about ten minutes long… sorry kids, the 90s sucked for horror, even Fangoria had to put Batman Returns and Jurassic Park on the cover of the mag… but instead has a super mix of stuff from all decades and genres.

The disc is divided into three parts. The first is called ‘The Quickening’, and features a mixed bag of trailers of all genres of B movies, from sci-fi stuff like X-tro to comedy like The Nude Bomb. The second section is called ‘The Spawning’ and is a bunch of horror movies and if I’m totally honest, was the focus for me on this disc. I was particularly excited to see the trailer for ‘Demented’ again, a film I never saw, but always wanted too… maybe it’s time to start looking for it again.

The Terror in the Aisles Masthead

These first two parts have some pretty cool adverts and public announcements before, at ‘intermission’ and after, of special note is the totally off-the-wall anti-smoking and starring none other than R2-D2 and C-3PO.

Finally, we have a series of trailers taken from VHS and I kid you not, if you were old enough to have ever hired a Roadshow Home Video tape, you’ll be well aware of a big bunch of these images, and the Australian voiceover preceding each one.

The difference between the first two chapters and the last is that the first two have had a bit of a clean up on the trailers, but the VHS ones are of varying quality, none of which are detrimental to the viewing of the trailers, but they are a bit scratchy nevertheless.

Nostalgia bit me big time with this disc and I enjoyed every second of it!

Score: *****

The menu screen to Derive-In Delirium: The New Batch

Format: This selection of trailers was watched on the Umbrella Entertainment Bluray which is multi-region. All the sound is of a decent quality and is presented in 2.0, but the images are of a varying degree of quality and aspect ratio depending on when they were released or on what format they were released.

Score: ***

Extras: It’s all extras!

Score: N/A

WISIA: This is a definite rewatcher, to the point I’d say if I had a few mates over, you could put this on and watch it over a few beers.

The Howling 2 Masthead

31 (2015)

One from the to watch pile…

31 (2015)

Film: There is no doubt that I am an unabashed Rob Zombie fan. I loved the first album of his that I got years ago from Utopia records in Sydney, which must have been La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume one in the early 90s, and I’ve been a follower ever since.

I was pretty stoked ten or so years later too when I discovered that he was going to translate his monster fandom and image to the silver screen, and I, to date, have enjoyed all his films…

Ok, H2 was a misstep and the less said about that the better. In actual fact, I should also, for full disclosure, state that I absolutely LOVE Lords of Salem!

A group of Carnival workers, including Roscoe (Jeff Daniel Phillips), Charley (Sheri Moon Zombie), Venus (Meg Foster), Levon (Kevin Jackson) and Panda (Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs) are traveling in a bus to their next gig when they are stopped by a mysterious road block in the middle of the night.

Unfortunately for them they are captured by the goons controlled by Father Murder (Malcolm McDowell), Sister Dragon (Judy Geeson) and Sister Serpent (Jane Carr) who once a year at Halloween put a group of people they kidnaped through a trial where they have to survive a gauntlet populated by a bunch of murderous people such as Sick-head (Pancho Moler), Psycho-head (Lee Temple), Sex-head (Elizabeth Daily) and the unstoppable Doom-head (Richard Brake).

They have 12 hours to survive whilst being pursued by these clown-faced torturers and all the while, Murder, Dragon and Serpent place bets on who will survive the longest… but will any of them survive at all?

The thing I find weird about where Zombie has gone with this film is all the criticisms that i’ve heard about his other films, he seems to have attempted just to distill them together in one film. Essentially this film starts as a homage… tribute (?)…. rip-off (!)… to Texas Chain Saw Massacre before descending into a pastiche of Zombie’s previous films.

The worst crime committed is that the protagonists are unlikable jerks, so there is no threat. In actual fact you look forward to them getting killed, and whilst that may have been the point, the payoff of their murders just isn’t awful enough or gory or inventive enough for it to enter torture porn territory.

Honestly this whole film seems to be a vehicle for Richard Brake, whose Doom-head character has some great monologues and he’s an impressive figure of evil within it, even though his dual switchblade weapons are a little boring and unimpressive considering.

Zombie’s usual visual style and mix of incidental music and songs for the soundtrack are all present here and still look as good as ever (if you like his style, which I do) and so that experience is another positive in a film which basically, was not very good.

Score: *1/2

Format: This film was reviewed with the Australian Monster Pictures region B Bluray release which runs for approximately 103 minutes, and it’s image is difficult to judge as it is full of Zombie’s trademark ‘grindhouse’ filmstock appearance, so to say this 16×9 image is perfect is not true, but the look is a deliberate and artificial construct by the auditing and effects process, so it is perfect for the effect it is attempting to provide. The audio, however is a perfect 5.1 soundtrack.

Score: *****

Extras: The disc opens with trailers for other Monster Pictures releases The Greasy Strangler and Anti-birth before hitting the menu screen.

As far as extras are concerned, there are three behind the scenes galleries: one general one, one focusing on Zombie behind the camera and one of the photo shoot for the poster art. I don’t have much interest in static images on a disc made for moving images so this is essentially worthless to me.

At least there is also a trailer.

Score: *

WISIA: There’s much better films in Rob Zombie’s catalogue… actually there is better films in Andy Milligan’s catalogue. No, probably not ever again.