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Dead End Drive-In

Dead End Drive-In (1986)


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Release Date: Aug 22, 1986 Wide

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Release Date: Aug 22, 1986 Wide



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The premise in this actioner (set in the 1990s, which probably seemed futuristic at this time) is that the world's economy has hit the skids and in Australia, street punks are looting cars for their spare parts. In order to control the mobs of roaming gangs, the Aussie government rounds them up and stashes them in prison camps. When Crabs (Ned Manning) takes his girlfriend Carmen (Natalie McCurry) out to a drive-in movie on a date he does not realize he has just pulled into one of these prisons.

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Dead End Drive-In is set in a somewhat dystopian future in an apocalyptic - non-specific world. It's no 1984 though. The idea is that the Government are rounding up 'Punks' and keeping them in concentration camps which just so happen to be in Drive-Ins. Concentration camp is an exaggeration. They're just Drive-Ins and the 'Punks' don't really care what is going on. The film fails to understand what a 'Punk' really is. It makes no sense at all really, not that that is a problem with Brian Trenchard-Smith/Exploitation/Ozploitation films, it's just that there is a wasted opportunity here. Most Exploitation films have a good core idea, this idea is flawed from the very beginning. There are a few good car chases/crashed but not enough for a film that is supposed to be full of just that.
March 3, 2014

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Dead End Drive-In is a terrific low budget action film from Australia. Right from the first shot, you know that you're in for something special. Director Brian Trenchard-Smith takes the advantage of the Exploitation genre to its fullest, and creates something truly memorable. Although far from perfect, this is an entertaining film that is sure to appeal to fans of Exploitation cinema. The film has overtones of surrealism and Sci Fi horror, but it isn't a total horror film, it only merely suggests these elements and the movie pays off for the viewer looking for the ultimate in thrills. The strength of the film lies in its concept and action, and it is not a film that will be seeked out for its acting, as it is often ridiculous. If you're looking for mindless action fun, then this is the film to watch. Exploitation films are always exciting to watch because they tend to be quite different from big budget films, and most of the time they tend to have more interesting ideas as well. The film has hints of bizarre humor in the dialogue and the film has a certain look to it because it showcases a broken down society and it looks great. The characters are insane, eccentric and unique and add to the enjoyment of the film. The film is far from perfect, but it definitely is one entertaining ride from start to finish. This is one of the more original films of the 1980's and it is a must see for midnight film fans that enjoy tongue in cheek action films that are over the top in terms of concept. Dead End Drive-In is one of the better obscured cult hits that deliver some awesome entertainment that you won't soon forget.
February 17, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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When a man takes his girlfriend to the movies he never knew just how long this movie would be. When his car stalls and he is stuck overnight he wakes up to find out that he might never leave this drive in again cause it turns out this one just happens to be run by the government to keep the outcasts and misfits locked up where they now are left on there own and fed a steady diet of junk food music and movies but of course this guy doesn't plan on staying forever and is always looking for a way out, I honestly enjoyed this movie but that's just me i don't think i can recommend this for everyone as it falls under the cult B movie genre and those movies aren't for all tastes
August 21, 2010

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