MAD RON’S PREVUES FROM HELL (1987) Reviews and overview

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Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell is a 1987 American trailer compilation film directed by Jim Monaco (Celluloid Bloodbath: More Prevues from Hell) from a script co-written with James F. Murray Jr., Ron Roccia and Nick Pawlow.

In 2010, the compilation was re-released on DVD as ‘The Extra Mad Edition’ with extras such as a poster gallery and Jordu Schell (Avatar) working on special effects makeup.

Projectionist Mad Ron shows a gory selection of horror and exploitation film trailers from his private collection to an audience of zombies in a movie theater. Meanwhile, ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and his zombie dummy Happy Goldsplatt provide ‘humour’…

The trailers featured include:

Africa: Blood and Guts

Beyond the Door

Blood and Lace

The Blood Spattered Bride and I Dismember Mama

Bloody Pit of Horror

Cannibal Girls

Carnage (aka A Bay of Blood)

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

Color Me Blood Red

The Corpse Grinders

Deep Red


Devil’s Nightmare

The Diabolical Doctor Z

Flesh Feast

The Ghastly Ones

God Told Me To

Horror of the Zombies (aka The Ghost Galleon)

Horror on Snape Island (aka Tower of Evil)

The House of Exorcism

The House That Screamed

I Drink your Blood and I Eat Your Skin

Ilsa, She-Wolf of the SS

Lady Frankenstein

The Last House on the Left

Love Me Deadly

Mad Doctor of Blood Island

Man from Deep River

The Maniacs Are Loose (aka The Thrill Killers)

The Mutations

Night of Bloody Horror

Night of the Bloody Apes

Night of the Living Dead

Revenge of the Living Dead / Curse of the Living Dead / Fangs of the Living Dead

Silent Night, Bloody Night

Silent Night, Evil Night (aka Black Christmas)


Tales from the Crypt

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

Three on a Meathook


Toxic Zombies

Two Thousand Maniacs!

The Undertaker and His Pals

The Vault of Horror

Wildcat Women

The Wizard of Gore


“The shot-on-video quality is a capsule of the late 80s horror video boom, as are the low budget gore effects and cheesy dialogue. Happy Goldsplatt is a fun, foul mouthed Cryptkeeper-like host that makes circumcision jokes and takes shots at the MPAA.” Oh, the Horror!

“It’s a kick-ass collection of sleazy, bloody horror trailers, 47 in all. But surrounding that ass-kicking is one of the worst ever narrative conceits; while drooling Mad Ron (chained to the projectors) strings together previews for a theater full of idiotic zombies, ventriloquist Nick Pawlow and his zombie dummy Happy Goldsplatt deliver comedy so rancid you’ll want to shred your sensory organs with the skeletonized hands of a dead vaudevillian.” DVD Talk

” …well-made up ghoulies do everything from squeezing the blood from a severed extremity into their carton of popcorn, to giving hickeys as only the undead could. All these in-between shenanigans work, especially in the case of the talented Pawlow who bickers with green-fleshed, off-color (and we mean in another way) Happy, who are seen in between trailers…” DVD Drive-In

“If the flick had been nothing but horror and exploitation trailers, Mad Ron’s Prevues from Hell would’ve been a classic. The problem is that in between the trailers is a bunch of irritating scenes with this jackass ventriloquist and his zombie puppet.  These guys just aren’t funny at all.” The Video Vacuum

“The crude shot-on-video cinematography, the cheesy shuddery synthesizer score, and primitive dime-store make-up effects add to rather than detract from the infectiously scroungy charm of the entire seamy enterprise. A sensationally scuzzy and unapologetic serving of prime putrid grindhouse slop.” Woody Anders

“Terrible FX, awful acting and a non-existent sense of humour ensure that the moments in-between the trailers are an ordeal to sit through.” Digital Retribution


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