Halloween comes closer and that means that it’s time for another holiday edition of Lisa Marie’s Favorite Grindhouse and Exploitation Film Trailers. Today, we have 6 of my favorite Italian horror trailers!
- The Beyond (1981)
I’ve always liked the trailer for Lucio Fulci’s The Beyond. It does a good job of capturing the dream-like amtosphere of Fulci’s classic film.
2. Raiders of Atlantis (1983)
Raiders of Atlantis is hardly my favorite Ruggero Deodato film but I do really like the trailer. Add to that, I think this might be the only Deodato trailer that’s actually safe for work. The trailer for Cannibal Holocaust features that body being found with the stake driven through it. The House on the Edge of the Park trailer features the scene with straight razor. Meanwhile, the trailer for Raiders of Atlantis has fun music and a laser-shooting statue! It also has Tony King shouting, “Come on, come on, come on!”
3. Zombie 5: Killing Birds (1987)
This movie sucks but, for some reason, I’ve always found the trailer to be very effective. I think it’s the scene with the woman smiling despite being pinned to the wall and apparently dead. That’s pure nightmare fuel.
4. Spasmo (1974)
This is from director Umberto Lenzi. I sometimes feel as if I’m the only person in the world who likes this film. As for the trailer, I just enjoy the anguished cries of “Spasmo! Spasmo!”
5. Lisa and the Devil (1973)
This is one of my favorite Mario Bava films. Yes, some of it is because the lead character is named Lisa. I’ll admit it, I like my name. However, it’s a really good film as well!
6. Tenebrae (1982)
And finally, here is the trailer for Dario Argento’s brilliant, Tenebrae!
Seriously, if you want to have a truly wonderful Halloween, watch some Italian horror! If you haven’t already discovered Bava, Fulci, Argento, Lenzi, Soavi, D’Amato, and all the rest, now is the perfect time to do so! Do it now before their work gets canceled by the online puritan mob.
(Always remember: invest in physical media.)