6 Trailers From 1981

Hi and welcome to the latest installment of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers.  I apologize for being a few days late with this installment. 

This week, I’m highlighting trailers from the year 1981.  1981 not only saw the release of Lucio Fulci’s twin classics The Beyond and The House By The Cemetary, it was also the year that my sister Melissa was born.  (Happy birthday, Melissa Anne!) 

You may notice that, despite citing them above, I did not include the trailer for either one of Fulci’s films in this post.  I’m saving them for a future edition.  Instead, let’s start with Alien Contamination and end with Christiane F. and see what waits in the middle.

1) Alien Contamination

Earlier in this series, I featured the trailer for Luigi Cozzi’s Star Wars rip-off, StarcrashThis is the trailer for Cozzi’s attempt to rip-off both Alien and Lucio Fulci’s classic Zombi 2.  The film is pretty dull but I have to give the trailer mad props for actually making this movie look like it might be kinda fun.

2) Scanners

In this trailer, David Cronenberg proves that nothing sells a film like an exploding head.

3) Dead & Buried

I haven’t seen this film but I’ve read several favorable reviews of it.  While the trailer isn’t nearly as graphic as some of the other trailers that I’ve featured in this series, I still like it.  With the ominous narrator and all, it has a nice retro feel to it.

4) The Evil Dead

Speaking of retro, here’s the trailer to the original Evil Dead

5) Copkiller a.k.a. Order of Death

I recently ordered this Italian film off of Amazon but I have yet to sit down and watch it.  The trailer, for me, is memorable just because it’s a chance to see both Harvey Keitel and Johnny Rotten (who were both quite the sexy beast back in 1981) occupying the same space.

6) Christiane F.

Some people, I know, would disagree with me referring to Christiane F. as being an exploitation film.  I’m sure that the film’s award-winning director — Uli Edel — would disagree with me.  However, Europe’s art films were often sold as America’s grindhouse movies and, just from anecdotal evidence, that was often the case with Christiane F.  Besides, I love this trailer if just for the music alone.

2 responses to “6 Trailers From 1981

  1. I have seen “Dead & Buried”. I liked it. It has a different feel to it than the trailer might indicate. It plays like a well-done TV movie, which in this case, is a good thing. It looks like it could have been a Stephen King story adaptation. It has a nice, gloomy atmosphere, and very original premise. I think you would find it to be worth your time.

    As for “Evil Dead”, well, I just don’t like it very much. Certainly not as scary as the trailer makes it seem, since the movie is intentionally over-the-top. I will admit that the she-demon eating her own hand scene does make an impression.

    Don’t know how Bowie felt about having his music associated with “Christine F.” – he wouldn’t have needed the extra marketing by that time in his career, but he does seem to actually be in the film – but “Heroes” is a good tune.


  2. Dead & Buried has become my new “must see” movie. 🙂 I was planning on buying it on DVD last weekend but then I got hit by the flu. I’ve discovered that it is based on a book which, strangely enough, I actually own. The book’s cover features the same image of the face coming out of the ground as the film’s trailer. 🙂

    Bowie is in Christiane F. and, according to the book Addicted (which is how I first learned about the film), he composed the film’s soundtrack. I’m not sure if Heroes was written specifically for the movie but it’s still an excellent film and an excellent song. 🙂


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