Paragon Video Trailers From 1982

Amusing Old-School Previews From Paragon Video Productions

July 27 2008 Categorized Under: Upcoming Horror Movies one Commented
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Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, the now-defunct Paragon Video Productions was in business from 1981 to 1985. They released many genre movies in the VHS video rental market, along with other distributors like Continental Video, Camp Video, Media Home Entertainment, etc. Their star trail logo was simple and amusing. Their movies usually had a string of trailers in front of them.

The following trailers appear at the beginning of the VHS edition of Alien Contamination (AKA Contamination, except this is the Rated R edition). The year is 1982.

The following movie trailers are seen:

Boardinghouse (1982) – Trailers are normally supposed to make you want to see a movie. Curiously, this one has the opposite effect!

For Your Love Only (1977) – This is actually an “episode” of the long running German TV series “Tatort”. This particular episode-turned-into-movie stars Nastassja Kinski and was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (“Das Boot”).

The Witching (1972) – AKA “Necromancy”, and yes, that’s Orson Welles. Another “gem” from Bert I. Gordon, and nobody cutting this trailer saw fit to give any credits to anybody.. wonder why…It should be noted that this 1983 re-edit of the film, apparently for the worse.

Molly & Lawless John (1972) – This one has Vera Miles (Psycho and Psycho II), Sam Elliott, and Clu Gulager.

Just Before Dawn (1981) – In-the-woods shocker starring George Kennedy.

One Armed Executioner (1983)- Revenge flick starring that one guy and that other guy too.

Funeral Home (1980) – Reminds us of the Don’t trailer from Grindhouse.

The Gates of Hell (1980) – Yes, this is the VHS version of Fulci’s City of the Living Dead.

Hotwire (1980) – Apparently George Kennedy is in this one also. Looks like some kind of Southern-fried car thief flick.

Finishing out is the Paragon Video logo.

By the way, Critical Condition has a nice page dedicated to Paragon’s VHS Video Covers.

One Response to “Paragon Video Trailers From 1982”

  1. Was wondering where to find the original trailer for THE APPLE when it was out on Paragon Video. the DVD release is a bit different from what Paragon released.

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