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article imageMad Ron's Prevues From Hell: Just In Time For Halloween

By Joe Vannicola     Sep 10, 2010 in Entertainment
Return with me to the golden age of the horror/ exploitation films that played in inner city theatres and drive ins. Films that caused young girls to clutch their boyfriends; the reason their boyfriends took them there in the first place.
The teenage to" twenty something" demographic wanted the type of hard charging horror/exploitation film containing copious amounts of monsters, blood,guts and nudity. The independent film companies, such as Independent International, Europix and A.I.P (to name a few) catered to this audience and created equally visceral, explicit trailers in order to entice them to come in droves to see their latest low budget offering.
Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell has taken a collection of some of the most violent, gory and nudity filled trailers from the 1960's and 1970's and put them into a campy, sometimes silly, but fun DVD, that promises to be the hit of your upcoming Halloween party. But be forewarned: if gratuitous gore and nudity offends you, please don't watch this movie. Otherwise, gorehounds will have a field day.
Originally released in 1987 on VHS, the story revolves around the antics of Nick Palow and his undead dummy Happy who along with Mad Ron( Ron Roccia) are showing horror trailers in a movie theatre, after hours of course, to an audience of flesh eating zombies. The zombies makeup was done by Jordu Schell (who has gone on to make up for films like 300 and Avatar) and Jay Kushwara ( whose credits include TV's "Monsters" and "Millennium".
Made as a labor of love by producers James F. Murray, Jr., Ron Roccia, and director Jim Monaco, Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell is obviously their maiden voyage into film making, but you can see the sweat equity that went into the making of this production. Despite the minor flaws on display in this film, Mad Ron's Prevues From Hell is an entertaining look at the old school style of horror film trailers from the past. A style that is all too absent from today's horror films.
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