While surfing the movie web ether today, I came across a gem that you guys might enjoy. There's a website out there called Trailers From Hell, and the kicker -- it isn't some out-of-nowhere fan web space -- it comes from Joe Dante's Metaluna Productions. Yes, the Dante responsible for Gremlins, Explorers and Innerspace. According to the director himself: "The bromide about these old trailers is that they were better than the movies they promoted. That's only true in some cases, but they did deliver in-your-face excitement and breathless hyperbole at a pace the movies never could." Covering everything from music done "Electronovision" style to horror films, the trailers display what Dante calls "shameless cinematic hucksterism."

What's especially cool -- the site doesn't just have trailers, but well-known names doing commentaries on them. Dante offers two -- The Terror and The Unearthly, while Shaun of the Dead'sEdgar Wright chats about the low-budget greatness of Danger: Diabolik, Hocus Pocus helmer Mick Garris tackles House on Haunted Hill and Animal House header John Landis talks about seeing The T.A.M.I. Show live, in his youth. With a well-known name behind the site, I imagine that this is only the beginning as he gets more names involved. There are already 5 more that are coming soon -- Dante on The Incredible Petrified World, Garris on X - The Man with the X-Ray Eyes, Landis on The Fall of the Roman Empire, Wright on Dr. Terror's House of Horrors and a new name -- Pet Sematary director Mary Lambert on Village of the Damned. I'm hoping that they sweeten the pot with some Mystery Science Theater sort of voice-overs in the future, but either way, it's a great way to uncover some old, and sometimes forgotten pulpy goodness.

[via Cartoon Brew]