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The Drive-In: A Double-Feature Omnibus Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Carroll & Graf Publishers (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078670442X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786704422
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,538,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"There is a certain glee in my work," says Joe R. Lansdale. "But for me, it heightens the horror." The Drive-In: A B-Movie with Blood and Popcorn and its sequel (The Drive-In 2)--both well known to Lansdale fans--are back in this welcome omnibus edition. The story is about a bunch of affectionately described characters in small-town Texas who go to a horror-movie marathon at the local drive-in. While they're watching The Toolbox Murders, a bright red meteor with a toothy smile swoops down and traps them in the drive-in for all time. Then the fun begins: endless re-runs of the same movies and fights over concession food, followed by anarchy, religion, cannibalism, bodily transformation, crucifixion, mad bikers, and a supernatural Popcorn King. It's not just silly, though; it's social commentary. The lesser (but equally surreal) sequel further explores the end-of-the-world scenario. As Lansdale himself says, "The Drive-In is quirky as hell. It's kind of a cult book, and it's not for everybody." The Drive-In was nominated for a 1989 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.

About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of Act of Love and The Nightrunners, also available from Carroll & Graf.

More About the Author

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. His work has appeared in national anthologies, magazines, and collections, as well as numerous foreign publications. He has written for comics, television, film, newspapers, and Internet sites. His work has been collected in eighteen short-story collections, and he has edited or co-edited over a dozen anthologies.

Lansdale has received the Edgar Award, eight Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Grinzani Cavour Prize for Literature, the Herodotus Historical Fiction Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many others.

A major motion picture based on Lansdale's crime thriller Cold in July was released in May 2014, starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Sam Shepard (Black Hawk Down), and Don Johnson (Miami Vice). His novella Bubba Hotep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli, starring Bruce Campbell and Ossie Davis. His story "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" was adapted to film for Showtime's "Masters of Horror." He is currently co-producing a TV series, "Hap and Leonard" for the Sundance Channel and films including The Bottoms, based on his Edgar Award-winning novel, with Bill Paxton and Brad Wyman, and The Drive-In, with Greg Nicotero.

Lansdale is the founder of the martial arts system Shen Chuan: Martial Science and its affiliate, Shen Chuan Family System. He is a member of both the United States and International Martial Arts Halls of Fame. He lives in Nacogdoches, Texas with his wife, dog, and two cats.

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I was glued to this book until I finished it.
mellion108
If you're a fan of the drive-in experience, cheesy sci-fi/horror movies, or just good writing in and of itself, then this book is mandatory reading.
brianmckay
About 9 years ago I was in jail, and I came across a copy of The Drive In....ever since it has been my favorite book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Errickson on March 16, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Joe R. Lansdale is true pulp fiction: fast, cheap and out of control. Known mostly for hard-bitten, outrageous crime novels featuring Hap and Leonard, and a bunch of extraordinarily grim, nasty, bleak horror stories, Lansdale spent most of the late 80s/early 90s in genre obscurity. Writers with a higher profile but less raw talent left him in the dust. With "Mucho Mojo" he finally got what he deserved, and NOW "The Drive-In" novels are back in print, hallelujah, the Good Lord be praised! This is cheesy schlock in the best sense--a mind-boggling Texan SF misadventure featuring the Popcorn King, an all night horrormovie marathon, creatures from outer space, mechanical dinosaurs, the end of the world and naked boobies. Lansdale does it all here. Quirky, off-beat and strange don't do it justice. Just buy it, and discover what a unique, comic, horrifying and flat-out entertaining writer Joe Lansdale is!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By mellion108 VINE VOICE on May 26, 2000
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This book is flat-out hilarious! One day Jack and his friends are typical boys on the verge of adulthood, the next they are caught in a nightmarish, other world created when a comet near-misses the drive in where they are enjoying an all night horror show. Stuck in the dark world of the drive in, watching only violent bloody horror movies over and over, eating only concession-stand food, Jack narrates a world that is terrifying but not without its humor. And that's just part one of this incredible tale. It continues with our intrepid heroes getting out of the drive-in to explore the next evolution of their new world. (a world in which a baby dinosaur is automatically named Toothy before it gobbles down an unburied corpse) It would take me too long to describe the numerous quirky, scary and surreal characters and happenings in this omnibus. I was glued to this book until I finished it. It's hilarious, it's surreal, it's chilling, and I kept shaking my head saying "no way!" before I plunged right into the next chapter.
Lansdale is one of the few authors who can take grisly events and plant a sarcastic, hilarious slant to them. And succeed! I laughed out loud throughout while also cringing from some of the word pictures Lansdale creates here. Make no mistake, this is horror at its best. But it's also a witty look at what happens to us when we lose the most basic of worldly trappings. Reading Lansdale is always like stepping into a roller-coaster world, and any of his books are more than worth your time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jmorosel@webtv.net on December 27, 1997
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Ten years out of print has been way too long for this gem to be hidden away from the reader (I had to hunt three years to find a thrashed used copy). This book was written for the thinking man who, deep down in his heart, loves bad, cheesy horror movies. You know,the kind you rent with a group of friends, order pizza, drink cheap beer, and make fun of throughout the duration. Lansdale, one of our finest, most creative writers has an obvious love for this genre of trash cinema. He creates an apocolyptic world where four teenages become trapped in a drive in theatre during an all-night festival of trash films. Their lives become the most horrifying film of them all. This novel is a definite must-have for those nights when your friends are out of town, the pizza parlor goes out of business, and the beer has gone flat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Costantino on October 14, 2000
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The Drive-In and its sequel, The Drive-In 2 are both extremely strange tales that border on absurdity and lunacy with equal measure. Joe Lansdale writes things that require an extreme ability to suspend disbelief and if you read these two novels you will happily comply with his wishes. A jam packed Texas drive in, showing an all night horror film festival, is suddenly dropped off the face of reality when a smiling comet flies overhead. At first it's just weird and then it gets scary as survival instinct kicks in for those stuck inside the drive in. And then it gets weird again... This two-for-one edition is a nice way to experience a truly talented and imaginative writer's take on human nature under the worst of circumstances. The book(s) are even better if you're a fan of slasher films and really gross scene description in Horror novels. Not for every taste, or for every Horror fan, but if you like weird, original ideas and take butter on your popcorn well then check this baby out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Baranyai on April 30, 2005
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Ths book introduces the reader to a group of four teenage boys who spend their Friday nights at the Orbit Drive In Movie Theatre. A meteor passes overhad and allcontact with the outside world is ceased. What happens next is a study of the "Group Dymnamics" of people who are thrown togther in a situation with no escape. My Socology Professor at Univesity would have loved this book!!! This book takes me back to my wild, misspentyouth at the Drive In Movie Threate where for $3.50 you could see two movies (that used to be called a "Double Feature" for all you youngpeople readingthis) and at Intermission you could risk food poisining by eating a soggy hamburgr from the Concession Stand. "Cold beer and hot nights" as Billy Joel once sang!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Jonas on May 3, 2000
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I give this book four stars. THE DRIVE IN would get five stars. THE DRIVE IN 2 would get three. As with many sequels, the second one didn't kick as well for me. But the first one was terrific and inventive and twisted and funny and cool. Think of this like a nice double feature. If it were GHOSTBUSTERS and GHOSTBUSTERS 2, you'd love the first movie and you'd enjoy the second. Same thing holds true with this double feature. But see, you get both for one price, so you actually get an awesome deal (kinda like you snuck in a guest in the trunk--just don't let the popcorn king find out!).
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