Monday, September 30, 2013

#1,141. 42nd Street Forever, Vol. 3: Exploitation Explosion (2008)

Directed By: Various

Starring: Various

Trivia: This is Volume 3 in a series of 5 DVD releases

Aka Exploitation Explosion, I saw 42nd Street Forever Vol. 3 before watching either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2, and for a time, it was my favorite of the series. Seeing it again now, I feel Vol. 3, while still entertaining, comes up a bit short when compared to the first two releases.

Yet another assortment of grindhouse-era trailers, Vol. 3 led me to a number of movies I’d never seen before, including Beyond the Door, an Italian Exorcist rip-off that, while far from perfect (parts of it were pretty boring, actually), had a few interesting moments. Then there are films like Patrick (an Ozploitation classic about a comatose patient with telepathic abilities) and Devil Times Five (a horror film featuring a quintet of murderous children, one of whom was played by a young Leif Garrett), which proved a whole lot of fun. Unfortunately, there are some I still have to check out, chief among them Survive!, a 1976 Mexican disaster movie supposedly based on a true story, where a plane crash-lands in the Andes mountains. The trailer for this one really impressed me, and I’m looking forward to seeing it soon.

And yet, 42nd Street Forever: Volume 3 feels a little undercooked to me; it just doesn’t offer the variety presented in either Vol. 1 or Vol. 2. Along with the above, there’s a handful of action films (Five Fingers of Death, Telefon), some horror (Demonoid, The Night Child), and a smattering of sex (Cheerleaders Wild Weekend, Summer School Teachers), which leaves several other sub-genres out in the cold (including Blaxploitation). I would definitely recommend Volume 3; the trailers it does have are pretty damn awesome. But if you’re looking for a little more diversity, then either of the first two volumes will give you what you’re after.

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