When I think of the term “fantasy” I think of stuff like wizards and shit. There’s about two or three trailers here that I’d call “fantasy” oriented, but most of the movie trailers featured in this collection fall squarely into the Sci-Fi category. I guess Cheezy had already released a collection of “Sci-Fi” trailers and didn’t want to flood the market so they labeled this thing as “fantasy”. Having said that there’s a lot of great trailers here. Some were recycled from Cheezy’s other collections, but they come so fast and furious, you probably won’t care too much.
The trailers are more or less split evenly. The first half covers mostly nothing but giant monster movies such as King Kong vs. Godzilla (there are two different versions), Konga, Gorgo, Return of the Fly (“The Thriller Chiller That Will Really BUG You!”), The Giant Behemoth, Godzilla King of the Monsters (which is shown twice for some reason), The Valley of Gwangi, Attack of the Crab Monsters, The Abominable Snowman, Them, The Cyclops, Valley of the Dragons, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman, Rodan, Mysterious Island, Monster from Green Hell, and The Monster That Challenged the World. The second half is solely comprised of sword and sandal epics (most of which star Steve Reeves) including The Giant of Marathon, The Slave, Samson and Delilah, The Last Days of Pompeii, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules, Mighty Ursus, The Secret Seven, Goliath, Gold for the Caesars, Sign of the Gladiator (“Pagan in it’s pleasures!”), Atlantis the Lost Continent, Captain Sindbad (not my spelling mistake), Fury of the Pagans, Jason and the Argonauts, and Samson.
Along the way we also get trailers for creature features like The Werewolf vs. The Vampire Women (“This is Satan’s Favorite Mistress!”), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and Creature of the Black Lagoon as well as Sci-Fi flicks such as The Thing from Another World, The Astounding She-Monster (“Here is a power that frightens the deer of the forest!”), and Forbidden Planet tossed in for variety’s sake. There’s also a lot of trailers for movies that would later turn up on Mystery Science Theater such as The Giant Gila Monster, The Mole People, Hercules, Hercules and the Captive Women, and Sword and the Dragon (“106,000 actors! The largest cast ever in a motion picture!”).
Most of the trailers are in good shape, but a lot of the toga-fest trailers are pretty jumpy. While this isn’t Cheezy’s best collection of trailers (there are far too many sword and sandal trailers for my liking), it’s still another solid installment in their trailer compilation line and it’s definitely worth a look for all you movie trailer enthusiasts out there.