Grandpa's Sci-Fi Hits (Amvest Video, 1988). [Category: Commercial]

Al Lewis as Grandpa Munster is at it again, this time hosting a tape of trailers from science fiction movies from the 50's, 60's and 70's. This compilation is a little bit better than Grandpa's Monster Movies––there's a little less of Grandpa and a little more of the trailers and the trailers are little more fun. Most of the trailers are from pretty cheesy movies and the cheesiness comes through in the trailers, making them fun. Unfortunately, being a little better than Grandpa's Monster Movies is not saying much. The film and video quality of the trailers is quite good, though.


Highlights:


  • The trailers for the serials Flash Gordon, Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars, and Buck Rodgers have all of the campy fun of the original series with none of the boredom or incoherence.
  • Alert! The Lost World stars Frosty the Poodle!
  • This tape gets docked 10 points for listing the trailers on the package in the wrong order, another 10 points for listing trailers which don't appear on the tape, and another 10 points for not listing trailers which do appear on the tape. The following trailers do not appear on the tape, despite the list on the package: The Spider, The Colossus of New York, The Incubus, The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, The Black Scorpion, Attack of the Crab Monsters, Friday the 13th Part II, Dinosaurus, Beyond the Time Barrier, The Mysterians, 5 Million Years to Earth, and They Came from Beyond Space. The following trailers do appear on the tape, despite not being listed on the package: Destroy All Monsters, King Kong (1976), The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs, The Omega Man, Fahrenheit 451, Village of the Giants, Godzilla vs. Megalon, Ghidrah the 3-Headed Monster, Varan the Unbelievable, Reptilicus, and Battle of the Worlds.
  • Msties, take note: contains the trailers for Village of the Giants, The Amazing Colossal Man, Godzilla vs. Megalon, and This Island Earth.

Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **, Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.


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