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The Complete Drive-In [Paperback]

Joe R Lansdale , Don Coscarelli
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27 April 2010
Friday night at the Orbit Drive-in: a circus of noise, sex, teenage hormones, B-movie blood, and popcorn. On a cool, crisp summer night, with the Texas stars shining down like rattlesnake eyes, movie-goers for the All-Night Horror Show are trapped in the drive-in by a demonic-looking comet. Then the fun begins. If the movie-goers try to leave, their bodies dissolve into goo. Cowboys are reduced to tears. Lovers quarrel. Bikini-clad women let their stomachs’ sag, having lost the ambition to hold them in. The world outside the six monstrous screens fades to black while the movie-goers spiral into base humanity, resorting to fighting, murdering, crucifying, and cannibalizing to survive. Part dark comedy part horror show, Lansdale's cult Drive-In books are as shocking and entertaining today as they were 20 years ago.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Underland Press; 1 edition (27 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098022604X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980226041
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 671,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Would make a great Terry Gilliam film 7 Sep 2010
By herdy1
This book contains all three Drive-In novels, each previously published separately, and is nuts, first thing I will say. It is also immediately one of my favourite books, and I'm really glad to finally get to read them as they have been out of print for many years. It's a nice edition aswell, with a great cover & nice glossy pages in the middle with pictures from the original storyboards that were going to be used for the Drive-In movie that was never made. Such a shame, as Don Coscarelli (who also writes the introduction, another plus point) had optioned the film, and he did such a stellar job with Bubba Ho-Tep that I'm sure he would have had big success with it. Like I say in my title for this review however, I think that for the second & third parts of this "trilogy" Terry Gilliam would be perfect. Anyway, moot point. If you are familiar with any of Lansdale's short stories, or his Ned the Seal books (Zeppelins West & Flaming London) then this is very much in the same genre, ie weird, eccentric fantasy. Still, if you were to look further into the book you can see it is also full of deeper meaning in regards to human society, how we rely too much on television, and basically are too quick to put our belief in something/worship something when we feel all else is lost, just because everyone else is...
What begins in the first book as very much a horror story, in the next two books it becomes more of an obscure fantasy, and I think that really it is best to read as one novel rather than each one at separate times. The book is not long, and I think perhaps it could lose some of its impact if you went away for a while before say, going back and reading the last book. It wraps things up very cleverly, proper twists your melon. Anyway, highly recommended, but really for fans of Lansdale's "other" stuff, such as Dead in the West & the books I mentioned previously. This is not a crime novel...
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What to say about the Drive in trilogy by Lansdale; they're insane, blasphemous, filthy, violent masterpieces of blacker than black comedy.
If you're not a prude and open to the surreal then these books are amazing, and they've finally been collected together. Not only do you get the three parts of the Drive in trilogy you get a bunch of extras to boot; including early sketches of the doomed movie version. Which to be honest would never have been as good as the book because of Hollywood's squeamishness when it comes to nudity and violence.
I rarely say this but, this is the best book I've read this year. It's seriously twisted. You give up trying to guess where the bizarre story is going and just sit back and enjoy the ride. I'll admit that part three is a little disappointing, and I'm glad he stopped there, but that's a minor gripe because part three is still very good compared to most other books. It's just that when put next to it's siblings it pales a little, next to their inspired dark genius

It's not a horror, its not science fiction, its not a comedy it's simply The Drive In.

All Hail the Popcorn King
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3.0 out of 5 stars dumbest ending, so dissapointed................. 29 Aug 2012
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Dont buy this edition, just get the first book and leave the story hanging there if its available on its own!, you might as well, youll just want the wasted hours of your life back at the end of this trilogy. Read the first book in my teens and it had a profound impact on me so nearly in my forties decided to put this one to bed, i loved the scenario the characters the nightmare that is the drive in, so i was intrigued to find out what happend to the characters and just what was playing with them! Ordered this on my kindle and was stuck to it like glue for a week, only to get to the end of the last book and boy what a load of tosh,its like he just couldnt be bothered doing justice to this off the wall story and felt the pressure his editor was heaping on him to get the book finished!! and just decided to turn his brain off and just turned it into a retirement fund, felt a bit robbed if im honest, well thats my opinion for better or worse, first book is great but leave it there, let you own "Theatre of the mind" fill in the blanks for youself, youll do better job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deeply weird 29 Dec 2010
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This omnibus edition of Lansdale's Drive-in trilogy is a good-looking package being a reasonably priced large format paperback with an attractive readable typeface, new introductions by the author, and some illustrations which don't really add anything, plus a list of all his published books (graphic novels excluded).

It's a very surreal mix of horror, science fiction, pop culture with over the top gore and some of the vilest acts imaginable spewed up for your edification. Basically, in the first novel a comet with teeth seals off a large drive-in and its inhabitants proceed to rapidly degenerate into cannibalistic maniacs. That's for starters. The second and third novels follow the adventures of our hero once he escapes and if you think the first book is weird, you aint seen nothing yet.

This is a deeply strange and disturbing trilogy suitable only for those with the strongest of stomachs and the sickest of minds. And if that sounds like a recommendation to you, it most certainly is. While I can't say that I loved this omnibus it sure was a lot of very sick fun.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 3 for 1 10 Oct 2010
If I had to explain it in two words, strangly gripping. A brilliant read!
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