Dead End Drive In
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Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Release Date: 21-OCT-2003
Media Type: DVD
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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 movie 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 Movie 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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you've ever hung out at a drive-in all night and thought how great it would be to just live there forever, with free snacks and a sleeping bag, and all your friends assembled... Read morePublished 21 days ago by E. E. Kuersten
Had I tried to make sense of this movie I wouldn't have been able to enjoy it, That being said....I enjoyed it.Published 3 months ago by CADD student
It was very clear in this movie what they were trying to say, give people crappy food, a place to stay, and entertain them with cheap movies and they won't want for anything else. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Machine
Brian Trenchard Smith is the consummate pro on this production. Action galore! For those who never experienced the atmosphere of the drive in, this picture can stand in for you. Read morePublished 8 months ago by E+1
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