I guess I don’t need to write too much about Dead End Drive-In, since G. Arthur Brown stole it from me, even though I watched it long before he ever even heard of it because he’s so behind the times. And now I look like I’m behind the times, like I’m the goofus, because it took me so long to publish this, and at this point, it’s long after he published his write-up. For the record, though, I knew about Dead End Drive-In before Gary made it cool.
This is a pretty weird movie. It’s set in a future where the economy has collapsed, and crime is rampant. Cars are the big commodity, because no one’s really making them anymore. In order to keep things somewhat under control, Drive-Ins have been turned into concentration camps, where punks form gangs, eat junk food, take drugs, and watch bad movies. It’s pretty much a win-win for all parties. Society doesn’t have to deal with these guys anymore, and these guys get to eat pizza and watch Santa Claus Conquers the Martians while high.
The protagonist, Crabs, is trapped in one of these drive-ins, because he didn’t know it was a trap, and most of the movie is him trying to find a way out of there while his girlfriend gets absorbed by the prison culture. The movie never really explains why it’s so difficult to escape. When he makes his final bid for freedom, though, it’s pretty epic. Sort of. You may have seen the cover of this movie and passed it up because it looks like one of those horrible The Crow sequels, but Dead End Drive-In is definitely worth watching.
Get it on Amazon.