Ever wanted to see a movie that features a gang of Doberman dogs holding up a bank?

I know I have, which is why I will be forever indebted to Nucleus Film’s Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 – a 100-minute rummage through some of the grubbiest, most out-there exploitation flicks that were ever committed to celluloid in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Now before readers think I’m losing my mind, this disc really does include a trailer for The Doberman Gang, a 1972 romp that honestly does show a motley crew of mutts staging a hold-up.

And believe me, that is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the disc is concerned, with Nazi love camps, redneck conspiracies, Swedish swinger parties, outer space slashers and much more on the menu.

There is a adage in exploitation cinema that the trailers are often vastly more entertaining than the movies themselves (think back to the trailers that livened up the Tarantino/Rodriguez Grindhouse collaboration a few years back), and Nucleus have cannily cottoned onto this fact by throwing together 55 trailers to suit all dodgy genre tastes.

They can be watched in chunks, or in succession (like I did) as a late-night slice of the sublime (and most definitely the ridiculous), and would probably go down very well as the backdrop to a movie-themed house party.

Not only do you get to see vintage stuff starring the likes of genre legends Pam Grier, John Saxon and Jesse Vint, but the disc also contains copious amounts of extra trailers in its bonus section, along with a neat interview with genre guru Kim Newman, whose love for the material really hammers home why so many of us sit through this stuff.

Grindhouse Trailer Classics 3 is another worthy addition to the burgeoning Nucleus catalogue (they recently produced the excellent video nasties documentary), and my only real criticism is that the disc had to end.

Highly recommended, and a real treat for those whose tastes may stray from the norm.



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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle