Faux movie trailers are nothing new, but when a series comes along that is well-crafted, amusing and made by a special effects makeup artist with over 50 titles to his credit ... well, you can't help but stand up and take notice. FX veteran Michael Deak -- who has done a bit of acting too -- has worked on recent films like 'Tron: Legacy' and 'Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,' but he's also made his mark on some 80's goodies like the VHS B-horror favorite 'TerrorVision' and the beasties bonanza, 'Ghoulies II.' Horror fans will have also seen his work on the Showtime 'Masters of Horror' series. In other words, this guy knows his stuff.
Deak can't seem to stay away from creature features in his off time. His pet project is the creation of these awesome, but totally phony, '50s and '60s trailers featuring monsters and B-cult wonders. According to BoingBoing, the trailers star his friends and colleagues. You can clearly tell the guy's having a blast making these things and that he truly loves cult cinema.
Below are three trailers, which look entertaining enough to be made into actually movies. 'Triangulus the Three-Sided Mummy' looks like an installment in Rafael Portillo's Aztec Mummy series from the '50s. There are screaming headlines, a priest, a fez and lines like, "Careful, he's got eyes in the back of his head. Also, the sides!"
'Phil Mato: Gli uccisori dell'idiota' -- which translates to 'Phil Mato: The Killer of Idiots' -- has a swinging soundtrack which introduces us to Deak's take on a poliziotteschi flick. Deak gets all the cliches of the Italian crime genre right -- including the explosions, bad dubbing and frenzied opening title sequence.
'The Long Dead Smell' is filmed in "mesmerama" and tells the tale of an evil hypnotist named Dr. Quietus. It's everything you imagine a mesmerist in a turban would do to people with his evil mind mojo.