Things get rolling with elusive TV spots for Enzo G. Castellari’s 1990: THE BRONX WARRIORS ( “The final battle is about to begin!”) and William Girdler’s Blaxploitation EXORCIST imitation ABBY (1974). A brilliant, one-of-a-kind trailer soon follows for Russ Meyer’s BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS ( “This time they’ve really gone Beyond the Valley of the Dolls!”) as does one for Ferdinando Baldi’s and Tony Anthony’s spaghetti western COMIN’ AT YA! (1981), which promotes the Dimension Scope 3-D process in yet another distinctive trailer. Still another rarely-seen U.S. TV spot for Brian Trenchard-Smith’s THE DRAGON FLIES (a.k.a. THE MAN FROM HONG KONG, 1975) pops up, as does Cinema Shares’ full-length preview for Jun Fukada’s GODZILLA VS. MEGALON ( “Giant against giant! The ultimate battle!”) while John Woo’s game-changing action extravaganza, THE KILLER (1989) gets some respect; bringing back plenty of memories of when I caught it at Toronto’s Festival of Festivals way back in ’89. Absent from every DVD or Blu-ray release, a trailer for Tom Savini’s rather unappreciated remake NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1990) surprisingly shows up, as does another for Daniel Vance’s THE NO MERCY MAN ( “Something inside him, deep inside him is seething. Beware this man!”), which also appeared as a TV spot in Garagehouse Pictures’ colossal, TRAILER TRAUMA IV: TELEVISION TRAUMA. Similar in concept, the much-more familiar yet still extremely gripping and tough-as-nails Percy Rodriguez-narrated trailer for John Flynn’s ROLLING THUNDER (1977) also pops up, and it’s always a welcome inclusion in any trailer compilation. Further extraordinary previews surface for Hideo Gosha’s GOYOKIN (1969), under its U.S. title THE STEEL EDGE OF REVENGE (1969); a rip-roaring spot for Ferdinando Baldi’s 3-D favourite, the cheapjack Indiana Jones wannabe TREASURE OF THE FOUR CROWNS ( “Coming soon to blast you out of your seats!”), again starring Tony “The Stranger” Anthony, with the U.S. trailer for Lucio Fulci’s beloved ZOMBIE (1979) finishing things off.
Limited to 1000 copies, which are now available through DiabolikDVD, 20 YEARS OF TERROR is sure to sell out, and it works as an ideal companion-piece to the TRAILER TRAUMA discs, so grab it while you still can!