The Legend Of Hillbilly John

One of the real discoveries from our DukeFest 35MM Trailer Party was the super rare trailer for The Legend Of Hillbilly John. I’d picked this up from someone selling their collection in Los Angeles and it was one of the trailers I wanted to play the most on the night. What’s interesting is that this looks like it’s a re-issue trailer as it’s now under the name Who Fears The Devil, possibly an attempt to make it sound more horror’esque? Sadly it’s gone quite red, but this is super rare and I’m so pleased we finally found this one.


The DukeFest 35MM Trailer Party


Here’s the full list of every trailer we played at the 35MM Trailer Party – Wednesday 29 June, 2016 at The Prince Charles Cinema, London. All titles are linked to their IMDb pages if you want more into on them. Big thanks to Just from FilmBar70 and Joe from Aorta Burst Film Club for joining us on the night!

The Duke Mitchell Film Club – Reel

Across 110th Street (1972)

April Fool’s Day (1986)

The Hidden (1987)

Firewalker (1986)

Ghost Story (1981)

Halloween / Assault On Precinct 13 – Double Bill Trailer (197?)

Roadhouse 66 (1985)

Freebie And The Bean (1974)

Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)

Cigarette Burns Cinema -Reel

Booby Trap (1970)

Arnold (1973)

The Fifth Floor (1978)

Escort Girls (1974)

Lipstick (1976)

Streets Of Fire (1984)

Strip Nude For Your Killer (1975)

Who Fears The Devil (1972)

Pretty Baby (1978)

Manhunter (1986)

FilmBar70 – Reel

Tales Of The Bizarre (1970)

Obsession (1976)

Unman, Wittering And Zigo (1971)

Point Blank (1967)

Martin (1977)

The Evictors / Island Of Death – Double Bill Trailer (197?)

Reptilicus (1961)

Ben (1972)

Juggernaut (1974)

The Driver (1978)

Breathless (1983)

Aorta Burst Film Club – Reel

Mannequin (1987)

Wizards Of The Lost Kingdom (1985)

Revenge Of The Cheerleaders (1976)

Hamburger: The Motion Picture (1986)

Conquest (1983)

King Kong Lives (1986)

Eliminators (1986)

The Traveling Executioner (1970)

Surf Ninjas (1993)

Night Of The Trailers – Reel

The Gravy Train (1974)

Pardon My Blooper (1974)

Ride In A Pink Car (1974)

The Winner Of 10 Academy Awards (1977)

The Amsterdam Kill (1977)

Clay Pigeon (1971)

Uptight (1968)







Essential! Cinema


Ever heard of the Essential! cinema in Wardour Street, London? No, neither had we, that is until we found these two vintage programmes from it dating back to July & September 1981. A quick trip over to the always amazing Cinema Treasures website reveals its history as a screen that changed hands and styles many times during the 1970s and into the 80s. From a preview theatre, to a porn cinema and then in 1976 is turned into the Essential, which is what we’re interested in. These two programmes both date from 1981 and show that the programming there leaned heavily towards the cult, arthouse and music film side of things. In fact you could still programme all of these films today and have a very credible line up of films to show people. What’s great though is at the time a lot of these films were then fairly recent, especially the punk documentaries which they played in September, quite remarkable to think that we’re now so far away from this time. PLUS you know all of this would have been screened on 35 or 16MM, let’s hope one of two of the prints screened here still live on out in the wild somewhere!





The Odessa File – Psychedelic 35MM Trailer

Here’s something very obscure for today, we’ve unearthed an incredibly rare alternative trailer for 1974s The Odessa File, featuring some very psychedelic images and not a second of moving footage from the film. No idea if this was an advanced teaser or some sort of attempt to miss-sell the film in some way, but it’s a fascinating alternative look at this great thriller. You can also hear me talking at the start of the video…