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Dead End Drive-In

Dead End Drive-In
Posted on August 27, 2015 by James Shults

Release Date: August 1, 1986

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith

Overall Rating: Good

In a dystopian future, a drive-in movie theater is used as a makeshift concentration camp for the unemployed.

The Good

This movie lives in its own world. It’s an odd place that feels lived in and fantastically dirty. It’s only improved by the outdated but perfectly appropriate soundtrack. This is a look at the future from the prospective of the 80s which results in something both of its time and also somehow timeless.

The Bad

At the center of the movie there’s a couple who goes to a drive-in theater which is also being used as a concentration camp for, I guess, delinquents. The concept, while fun, is quite absurd. You get the idea that the director had access to a drive-in and wrote this movie around what he had to work with. 

The Ugly

This movie is absurd, for sure, but the world that the director builds in Dead End Drive-In is one that you’ll want to spend some time in. Just try not to worry too much about the conceit of it all.

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