Drive-In Delirium Volume 2: The Offspring (2010)
By: Paul Ryan on January 30, 2011  | 
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Umbrella Entertainment | All Regions, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 711 minutes (Full Specs)
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Having waded through 350 exploitation trailers in Drive-In Delirium Volume 1, your humble reviewer has tackled another twelve hours worth in this second release. It's a hard life, I tell you...

Giallo a-Go-Go gets things off to a roaring start. Thirty-five vintage Giallo trailers are featured here, including works from Mario Bava (Blood and Black Lace), Joe D'Amato (Death Smiles at Murder), Jess Franco, Umberto Lenzi, Lucio Fulci (The New York Ripper, Murder Rock) and many others. The bulk of the Dario Argento trailers (Suspiria, Phenomena, Tenebrae, etc) have been seen before on countless Umbrella discs, but the inclusion of Opera and especially the long-unavailable Four Flies on Grey Velvet are very welcome. Interestingly, most of these Italian trailers are much longer than the kinds you would see from Hollywood, usually running around four-to-five minutes each. This section is a great cooks tour of the Giallo genre, and may well send some viewers scurrying online to import copies of Who Saw Her Die? (with George Lazenby, no less) and Black Belly of the Tarantula.

We Are Going To Eat You is, as you'd expect, devoted to (mostly Italian) cannibal and zombie films. There are the expected inclusions - Zombie Flesh Eaters, Cannibal Holocaust, City of the Walking Dead - along with some primo Z-grade rotgut like After Death, Hell of the Living Dead (better known here as Night of the Zombies), and Massacre in Dinosaur Valley.

In homage to Edgar Wright's contribution to Grindhouse, Don't! gathers together the trailers of six Don't-titled chillers, the most amusing of which is 1980's Don't Go In The House, which features a young Dan Grimaldi (twenty years before playing Patsy Parisi on The Sopranos) as a murderous mama's boy.

British Blood and Bosoms gives you what it says on the tin. Lots of Hammer (The Vampire Lovers, Dracula A.D.1972, Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter, to name three) and Pete Walker (House of Whipcord, The Flesh and Blood Show) epics here, with red stuff and pink bits aplenty.

On the same theme, Sexy For Satan brings the Euro-gothic-sleaze. Titles included here are Mark of the Devil, Vampyros Lesbos, Demons, and Manhattan Baby, to name four. More boobs and blood. Everyone wins.

Spaghetti Westerns are covered in A Fistful of Euros. Sidestepping Sergio Leone in favour of the more obscure end of the genre, there are such Italian-made inclusions as Any Gun Can Play, Matalo, Four for the Apocalypse and A Bullet for the General. Studio oddities such as Hannie Caulder, The Deserter and A Man Called Sledge are a little less on message, but still interesting. The trailer for 3-D western Comin' At Ya is notable for having no footage from the actual film, just an elaborate "demonstration" of the film's stereoscopic process. This involves a guy in a theatre being shot at by arrows, blown up, stampeded by cattle, and so on...

Satan Made Me Do It covers a range of screen horrors. You'll find Oscar winners slumming it (Ernest Borgnine in The Devil's Rain), novelists attempting to direct their own material (Maximum Overdrive), genre hybrids (Race With the Devil), blatant knock-offs (Beyond the Door, I Don't Want to be Born), crap sequels (Exorcist II: The Heretic) and cheeseball schlockumentaries (Witchcraft '70). There are also trailers for the first couple of Evil Dead and Hellraiser films, plus look-ins from exploitation greats Ted V. Mikels (Blood Orgy of the She Devils) and Al Adamson (Nurse Sherri).

Things get all spectral in Spooked. The bulk of this section is devoted to haunted house chillers (the first three Amityvilles, Burnt Offerings, The House Where Evil Dwells, The Evil), but there's a bit of variation with the likes of The Survivor, Prison and Death Ship, among others.

Monsters, aliens and beasts galore are served up in The Creature Wasn't Nice. In this section you get monster epics from Hong Kong (Mighty Peking Man), Mexico (Night of the Bloody Apes), the Philippines (Beast of Blood, Twilight People) and the UK (Trog, Inseminoid). There's also primo contributions from Roger Corman (Humanoids From the Deep, Mindwarp – better known as Galaxy of Terror) Frank Hennenlotter (Basket Case, Brain Damage), Charles Band (Parasite, Dolls) and others.

Cosmic Carnage and Funked-Up Futures delves into the post-apocalyptic (Mad Max, Cherry 2000, A Boy and His Dog, The New Barbarians), the intergalactic (Star Crash, Planet of the Vampires, Android), and the plain barmy (The Last Days of Man on Earth, The Bed-Sitting Room, Yor: The Hunter From the Future). Putting Android and Space Raiders just after Battle Beyond the Stars gives you a chance to see just how much Roger Corman cannibalised elements of the latter film in order to make those two former ones.

The Hard, Naked Truth wraps things up with some hilariously blatant sexploitation titles. There's the early Stallone skin flick, The Italian Stallion (aka Party at Kitty and Studs),the grindhouse delights of Space Thing, 2069: A Sex Odyssey and Wham Bam Thank You Space Man, the singing vagina epic Chatterbox (put this on DVD now I say!) and the gauzy Eurosmut of The Story of O and The Seduction of Inga.

As with the first volume, each of the four discs contains an "intermission" consisting of vintage drive-in snack bar ads.

It's another hugely entertaining batch of trailers, with a bit more cultural specificity this time around, and will again likely send you off on a mission to your local video store (or online retailer) to hunt a few of these titles down.
Video
Again, it's quite variable, with a mixture of 16:9 and 4:3 content (though all 4:3 trailers are presented pillarboxed within the 16:9 frame). The bulk of the content is of good visual quality, making the bad ones (the severely washed-out trailer of Mindwarp in particular) stand out all the more. No subtitles are included.
Audio
Depending on the trailer playing at the time, the two-channel audio comes in mono or stereo. By and large, there's little to really complain about here, with dialogue and music easily discernable all the way. There's a greater batch of dubbed titles here compared to volume one, so in that respect audio sync is a moot point.
Extra Features
As with the first volume, there are no extra features.
The Verdict
Terrific fun all the way, this second volume of Drive-In Delirium is a hoot from start to finish. If you're a fan of the art of the movie trailer, or any of the genres covered herein, you're in for a great time.
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