Directed By: Various
Trivia: This is Volume 2. in a series of 5 DVD releases
42nd Street Forever, Vol. 2: The Deuce picks up where Vol. 1 left off, featuring 55 trailers from a variety of exploitation films, covering the ‘60s to the ‘80s and a wide range of sub-genres, including biker flicks (Born Losers, The Hellcats), sexploitation (The Curious Female, Helga) and even a few monster movies (The Giant Gila Monster, The Monster of Piedras Blancas).
Some of the trailers in Vol. 2: The Deuce are from old favorites, such as Rolling Thunder, Sugar Hill, Shogun Assassin, The Evil, and, in my opinion, the greatest horror film of all-time, Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (as it turns out, the trailer is as awesome as the movie). A few others are from films I haven’t seen in years, like Hell’s Angels on Wheels (with Jack Nicholson, two years before his breakout role in Easy Rider). But what I love most about the 42nd Street Forever series is learning about movies I’ve never seen before. Whenever I watch one of these volumes for the first time, I keep a paper and pencil handy, so I can write down the titles of those films that, based on their trailers, I want to check out. And Vol. 2: The Deuce has plenty of them, including Savage!, a 1973 flick about a black revolutionary; When Women had Tails, an Italian comedy from 1970 about a bunch of cavemen and one drop-dead gorgeous cavegirl (played by Senta Berger) who happens to have a tail; Mr. Billion, another Italian comedy from ’77 about a guy (Terence Hill, of They Call Me Trinity fame) who inherits a billion dollars from his uncle; and Skatetown U.S.A., which looks every bit as cheesy as Roller Boogie, only with a very young Patrick Swayze in the cast (it was his screen debut).
It’s discoveries like these that make the whole 42nd Street Forever series worthwhile!