on 7 January 2014
Dead End Drive In (1986) is about a drive in set in the then near future in Australia that locks its customers up- the drive in stands in as a sort of concentration camp. Only the customers mostly new wave punks are more than happy to stay there. They get their drugs, drink, music watch bad B movies- what the hell, is life really that much better outside the drive in?
One kid wants out, played well enough by Ned Manning. He's a likable character and certainly keeps the movie alive. But the problem with the film is the lack of characters. Cult movies have always had one or two real stand out characters, and Dead End Drive In fails here. They are here, you can see them in the background- indeed there are a lot of punk kid extras here and maybe they should have been given some more lines, it would have helped. Instead we are stuck for the majority of the film with Manning, the drive in owner and Mannings beautiful girlfriend played by Natalie McCurry- it just isn't enough to add spark to the film. Though McCurry may well be one of the most attractive women to be shot on celluloid- no surprise that she would go on to win Miss Australia.
I liked the film, I loved the 80s references and the new wave punk fashion- I love Australian cinema especially from this time, so for the most part enjoyed it.
With a little more characters, action and humour, there was a real lack of that in here- I would have called it a classic, instead its just a good movie.
on 17 February 2011
Plot. Set in the future a young man on a date ends up at a drive-in but someone steals two of his car tyres. He soon learns that the place is really a prison for young people and there's no way he'll get out.
I think this is a brilliant 80s Aussie film with its "End of the world" scenario and one man's fight against the system. Lots of violence, lots of weird characters, lots of humour and a little bit of sex plus an amazing car chase. Truly a fun film that even has time for some social commentary regarding racism which wasn't really necessary and maybe out of place here, not that it affected the story at all.
Extras include a com, stills and trailer. USA Release Region 1.