42nd Street Forever, Vol. 3: Exploitation (2008)

Genres - Film, TV & Radio  |   Sub-Genres - Film & Television History  |   Run Time - 109 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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The third volume of the 42nd Street Forever trailer compilation series brings it to a new level. Like the past volumes, it supplies the entertaining history lesson in exploitation filmmaking that fans expect: trailers like 5 Fingers Of Death, Beyond The Door and Guyana: Cult Of The Damned bring back the days when drive-ins and grindhouse theaters were packed with colorful, outrageous fare that was sold to the viewer with plenty of carny-styled hype. However, 42nd Street Forever Vol. 3: Exploitation Explosion avoids the fatigue that often sets in with trailer collections by keeping the selection of trailers tight and focused. The selections are arranged into themes that are never allowed to wear out their welcome and the trailers maintain a consistent level of entertainment value from start to finish. Better yet, the list of titles covers everything from exploitative docudramas (the plane-crash/cannibalism opus Survive!) to raunchy comedies (the unbelievable Animal House ripoff King Frat). Other highlights include the unexpectedly artful surrealism of the Phase IV trailer, the hilarious all-star Euro-sploitation antics of Killer Fish and the jaw-dropping surprise of seeing Charles Bronson in a light-hearted romantic comedy via From Noon Till Three. In short, 42nd Street Forever Vol. 3: Exploitation Explosion is a primo example of the trailer collection and will entertain veteran fans and neophytes alike.