Unburied Trailers: Barn of the Naked Dead (1974)

by "Penguin" Pete Trbovich on July 18th, 2018 | |

Welcome to our new series: “Unburied” ! Each week, we’re going to select one forgotten oddball horror movie trailer from way back and dig it up so you can play with the bones. And just look what crawled out of the crypt!

This week’s trailer is for the 1974 movie Barn of the Naked Dead, a title which, all by itself, does tend to pop one’s monocle. Last week, we talked extensively about Premonition (1972), a psychedelic hippie porridge which would at least make you wonder how director Alan Rudolph sees the world. But his next film removes all doubt: This man needs help.

Not only is it a shameless sexploitation flick with a depravity level that makes Bloodsucking Freaks look like Sunday school, but then Rudolph pusses out on showing the actual sex, nudity, and gore he’s suggesting, so we’re left with a disappointment for horror fans and an unwatchable blasphemy against eyeballs for anybody else. Alan Rudolph has a unique, finely honed talent for making movies that have no reason to exist. It’s like a chef preparing a meal for a vegetarian, so he broils up a steak for dinner, but then dumps motor oil all over it just in case the vegetarian is tempted to enjoy it.

This trailer is a masterpiece, however. The Doris-Day-like song goes perfectly in time to the carousel of chained women marching around the tower. If you dare to see this abomination, it is indeed about a maniac living in the desert who kidnaps a stable of women which he keeps as slaves for his own circus-themed amusement, while he prances around in a ringmaster’s costume. Now go look at pictures of happy puppies playing to cheer yourself back up. Rudolph has loudly disowned this and other films in his catalog over the years, but he’s fooling no one. Watch this, then watch anything else by him. This is the real Alan Rudolph, alright!

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