Dead End Drive-In (1986)
April 19, 2024 12:05 PM - Subscribe

[TRAILER] In the future, a health nut and his tag-along girlfriend become trapped in a drive-in theater that has become a concentration camp for outcast youths.

Starring Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford.

Directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith. Screenplay by Peter Smalley. Based on "Crabs" by Peter Carey (uncredited). Produced by Andrew Williams. Cinematography by Paul Murphy. Edited by Alan Lake, Lee Smith. Music by Frank Strangio.

An average rating of 3.2/5 on Lertterboxd.

Currently streakming in the US on Plex, Hoopla, The Roku Channel, and Criterion. JustWatch.
posted by DirtyOldTown (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Against my better judgment, I absolutely loved this movie. I first learned about it (and a few other gems) from this documentary about "ozploitation."
posted by abraxasaxarba at 1:31 PM on April 19

I caught this on Criterion like last week! The core conceit is kinda nonsense, but makes a certain emotional sense, right? The sort of fever dream logic I might have had as a teenager. There's something authentic about that.

Thoroughly enjoyable as a style piece. Builds a really complete, if bonkers, world around that little dystopic drive-in. Fun characters, and I wouldn't call them strong performances, but enthusiastic for sure. Doesn't necessarily nail a coherent message despite some efforts; at it's heart it really feels like a generalized expression of a familiar kind of frustration, but had more thoughts on social power dynamics than I expected, so that's appreciated.

Dug it.
posted by Phobos the Space Potato at 2:21 PM on April 19 [1 favorite]

It's a pretty uneven metaphor they're trying to work here for sure.

It's interesting though. And kind of fun.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 3:28 PM on April 19

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