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Dead End Drive In (1986)

Ned Manning , Natalie McCurry , Brian Trenchard-Smith  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ned Manning, Natalie McCurry, Peter Whitford, Wilbur Wilde, Dave Gibson
  • Directors: Brian Trenchard-Smith
  • Writers: Peter Carey, Peter Smalley
  • Producers: Andrew Williams, Damien Parer
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AYLJN
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dead End Drive In" on IMDb

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In the near future, nuclear accidents, economic collapse and global riots have put the entire world in a state of chaos. Looting is widespread. Cities are wastelands. Violent thugs control the streets. But when working-class guy Jimmy Crabs (Ned Manning) and his voluptuous girlfriend (Carmen Nicholson) are accidentally trapped in a drive-in theater being used as a maximum security prison, they discover a whole new secret society filled with brutality, racism and corruption. Now Jimmy has one desperate shot at escape, a last-chance high-speed plan that will blast him from one hell into another that lies beyond the walls of the "Dead End Drive-In."

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith ("Escape 2000," "The Man From Hong Kong") and co-writer Peter Carey (the award-winning novelist whose works include "Oscar and Lucinda" and "Bliss")pack this '80s Australian thriller with a potent mix of social metaphor, explosive action and gratuitous nudity for one of the most intriguing Down Under cult hits of the decade.

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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 21-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Post-Apocalyptic Aussie Trash December 9, 2005
Format:DVD
In the near future (that is, 1994) the world is brought to the brink of anarchy by, for some reason, inflation. This has apparently caused millions of rusted car frames to be scattered around Australia, and forced everyone to dress like hepped up punk rockers and fight with tire irons. Thusly, the government tricks the unemployed people into drive ins and locks them up. This clever ruse works despite the fact that no one in Australia ever returns from the movies. If you like movies which are both painfully bad and jaw-droppingly amazing, this is the film for you. What doesn't it have? There is pointless nudity, vast continuity problems, tire fires, dozens of Mad Max meets the Sex Pistols montages, a fight with cricket bats,a timeless lesson about racism/relationships/junk food, a fight with car parts, amazing hairstyles, a monkey smoking pot, vigilante tow truck squads, and plot holes you could drive one of their combat ready tonka's through. This is an excellent cultural artifact shedding light on the eighties, sub-cultures, and Australian psychoses. Don't expect it to be good, but prepare for it to be amazing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than I Expected April 1, 2011
Format:DVD
Having just viewed Brian Trenchard Smith's Godawful 'Escape 2000', I thought I was in for another horrible outing. But it was already in my cue, and had already shipped, and I have a hard time saying no to most movies, So I popped this puppy in. Though not great by any means, it was considerably better than Escape 2000.

Here's the scoop. The world is breaking down. Economic ruin is everywhere. Punk thugs are taking over the streets and towing companies fight over the rights to tow freshly crashed vehicles. Our hero borrows his brother's car to take his gal to a drive in movie. While they're there the cops steal two of his wheels. He now finds he can't leave and this place actually turns out to be a kind of concentration camp where the inmates spend their days primping, getting high and watching earlier Brian Trenchard Smith movies.

This is more than a bit strange. It seems to deal with much of what must have been happening in Australia at the time. Part deals with the car culture and it's subsequent body count. Then there are the disenfranchised youth. All the inmates in this camp are punked out with spiked Mohawks, way over the top make-up and clothes. Then they bring in the fear of foreigners aspect. As Asians are trucked into the camp the inmates shout "No Asians." Funny they would feel the need to be politically correct while shouting at those they both fear and loathe. There is also a conspiracy side to this. The theatre owner tracks all inmates on a computer and the officials bring in drugs, a' la the CIA, to keep everybody happy and in line.

This is certainly directed much better than 'Escape 2000' but it still has some major screw-ups. At the climax, our hero does something so unbelievably stupid it boggles the mind.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This one has it all.There's violence,sex,car chases,explosions,cheezy '80s music,a '56 Chevy,and most importantly a drive-in! In a futuristic 1990 the government is keeping the unemployed youth locked up in a drive-in and giving them snack bar food,drugs,beer,and all night movies for free.Where do I sign up? Yes it's a bit silly at times,and the premise is unbelievable,but after all it's a "B" film.You just can't expect perfection in films like these,and I (for one) wouldn't have it any other way.There's nothing like stepping back to a simpler time and place.This fine little independent film from Down Under is just like taking a mini vacation in the way back machine.Pop this one in the DVD break out the popcorn and a cold Fosters and enjoy this blast from the past....8)

8/10 on the Drive-in-Freak-O-Meter...ya just gotta check this out!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A funky little B movie but entertaining February 20, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
I saw this movie in 1987/8 when it was shown on the Canadian pay TV channel and I enjoyed it. It's not a deep or intellectual movie by any stretch of the imagination but it's very entertaining (in a Mad Max kind of way). The fact that most of the movie takes place in the very limited set of the drive-in gets a bit tiresome after a while but all in all it was worth watching.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Post-Apocalyptic Aussie Trash December 9, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
In the near future (that is, 1994) the world is brought to the brink of anarchy by, for some reason, inflation. This has apparently caused millions of rusted car frames to be scattered around Australia, and forced everyone to dress like hepped up punk rockers and fight with tire irons. Thusly, the government tricks the unemployed people into drive ins and locks them up. This clever ruse works despite the fact that no one in Australia ever returns from the movies. If you like movies which are both painfully bad and jaw-droppingly amazing, this is the film for you. What doesn't it have? There is pointless nudity, vast continuity problems, tire fires, dozens of Mad Max meets the Sex Pistols montages, a fight with cricket bats, a timeless lesson about racism/relationships/junk food, a fight with car parts, amazing hairstyles, a monkey smoking pot, vigilante tow truck squads, and plot holes you could drive one of their combat ready tonka's through. This is an excellent cultural artifact shedding light on the eighties, sub-cultures, and Australian psychoses. Don't expect it to be good, but prepare for it to be amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little gem
Love this movie, great condition tape and box too. This movie always makes me want to jog through an apocalyptic wasteland while shadowboxing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nicholas Panico
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome exploitation action/horror/sci-fi film
This is one of my favorite action/horror/sci-fi films! I really enjoyed watching it. I give this a 10 star rating.
Published 5 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love 80s horror? Drive-ins?
We've got a large horror movie library. Did I say "large"? I need a stronger word. Can I call a movie collection elephantine? Elephantine. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jelly Bean
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Favorite From a Teen In The 80's
Unless you were a teen in the 80's and a fan of 1984, you may not like this flick. It catered directly to us, and perfectly so. Read more
Published 20 months ago by LivTra
5.0 out of 5 stars The Future That Shows More of Modern 2000s Rather Than The 1990s
Ned Manning and Natalie McCurry star in this apocalyptic movie about a drive-in theater being used as a prison for the troubled youth. Read more
Published on September 26, 2010 by Daniel A. Foster
3.0 out of 5 stars MTV Apocalypse!...
Do you remember the 80s? Remember MTV? Well, DEAD-END DRIVE IN is every bad MTV music video of that dippy decade, all smooshed together! Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Bindy Sue Frønkünschtein
1.0 out of 5 stars WORST MOVIE EVER!!!
I saw this movie in the Fresh Meadows, NY movie theater in 1986, I believe. So I was only 15 years old. But I thought this movie was awful and the acting was terrible. Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by M. DELIA
4.0 out of 5 stars Trippy
Those Aussie's can do 80's as well as the next guy and they prove it in this one. It don't really come off the total end of the world, but there is some breakdown of acceptable... Read more
Published on September 18, 2009 by Glen F. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable fantasy flick from down under
Dead End Drive In is an interesting film from genre filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith. It takes place in the not so near future. Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Joseph P. Ulibas
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun and entertaining movie, reminds me of all my friends
This movie is so cool. I was so syched I found it on amazon and snatched my copy right away. Typical Mad Max doomsday end of the world stuff, Jimmy is a character u can identify... Read more
Published on April 4, 2006 by Anthony E. Montero
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