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poorlogic
11-23-2003, 03:52 AM
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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith has made several “guilty pleasures” films; Escape 2000, the Man from Hong Kong and my personal favorite, Death Cheaters. Filled with action, gore and mandatory T&A, Trenchard-Smith is the king of Sunday afternoon flicks. I recent saw Dead End Drive-In at a local retail store for $9.99 and decided to check it out.

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Dead End Drive-In takes place in the near future, where it seems the general population lives in gated communities due to the mass looting and corruption on the streets. The typical criminals are labeled “carboys”, hotrod wielding troublemakers (think Mad Max) who seem to loot and kill anything that crosses their path.
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How did Australia become this horrible place? The classic nuclear accident combined with economic collapse theory of course! Our main character Jimmy Crabs is all about fitness, he runs around the block as others get high, steal and vandalize.
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He lives at home with his mother and older brother Frank, who happen to run a tow truck company. Jimmy rides with his brother and sees the danger on the streets – those damn “carboys” seem to have nothing better to do but blow shit up. Well, Jimmy decides to borrow Frank’s mint hotrod to take his skate betty/gothic girlfriend to the drive-in. Sadly, this drive in is like a roach motel; once you go in, you can’t go out.
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Jimmy and his girlfriend sit back and enjoy the movie – which happens to be Escape 2000! Soon enough, the couple are getting it on – during which, thugs steal tires off his car. Thus they can’t leave the drive-in, leaving them to meet an assortment of odd 80’s style characters of the next couple of days.
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One of the characters is the projectionist, whom Jimmy strikes up a friendship with. Over time, Jimmy finds out what the drive-in was designed for and plans an escape (not in the year 2000). How many cars will have to blow up before Jimmy can get out? You have to watch to find out.

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Dead End Drive-In is slow, tackling subjects from government abuse of power to racism experienced by Vietnamese refugees in Australia. The action starts off strong and then heads to a full stop for ¾ of the movie, only to return for the 5 minute climatic ending. Pacing is fairly weak when compared to previous works by Brian Trenchard-Smith, but the photography is easily on of his bests efforts. Neon looks on film, and this one’s got more than a Spencer’s Gifts during the holiday season. Without the director’s commentary, I would consider this DVD pretty lackluster. Trenchard-Smith offers once again a laid-back conversation about his experiences during the 36-day shoot (most of which was done at night), showing his errors and his success. Overall, it a great commentary to a so-so film (remember, it's only $9.99). Still, I would warn most people, this isn’t Escape 2000, then again, it’s not Leprechaun 4 either – so purchase at your own discretion!

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Anchor Bay present’s Dead End Drive-In in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and the director’s commentary. The picture looks great, considering the large amount of night scenes and all the smoke in the film. Soundtrack is also good, the 2.0 DD does the job required, no complaints here.
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As for the extras – you get the standard issued theatrical trailer and a poster/still gallery. Rated R with a running time of 87 minutes. A very 1986 looking production.

etale
11-23-2003, 07:37 AM
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Director Brian Trenchard-Smith has made several “guilty pleasures” films; Escape 2000, the Man from Hong Kong and my personal favorite, Death Cheaters. Filled with action, gore and mandatory T&A, Trenchard-Smith is the king of Sunday afternoon flicks. I recent saw Dead End Drive-In at a local retail store for $9.99 and decided to check it out.

http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1096.jpg

Dead End Drive-In takes place in the near future, where it seems the general population lives in gated communities due to the mass looting and corruption on the streets. The typical criminals are labeled “carboys”, hotrod wielding troublemakers (think Mad Max) who seem to loot and kill anything that crosses their path.
http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1097.jpg

How did Australia become this horrible place? The classic nuclear accident combined with economic collapse theory of course! Our main character Jimmy Crabs is all about fitness, he runs around the block as others get high, steal and vandalize.
http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1095.jpg
He lives at home with his mother and older brother Frank, who happen to run a tow truck company. Jimmy rides with his brother and sees the danger on the streets – those damn “carboys” seem to have nothing better to do but blow shit up. Well, Jimmy decides to borrow Frank’s mint hotrod to take his skate betty/gothic girlfriend to the drive-in. Sadly, this drive in is like a roach motel; once you go in, you can’t go out.
http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1098.jpg
Jimmy and his girlfriend sit back and enjoy the movie – which happens to be Escape 2000! Soon enough, the couple are getting it on – during which, thugs steal tires off his car. Thus they can’t leave the drive-in, leaving them to meet an assortment of odd 80’s style characters of the next couple of days.
http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1101.jpg
One of the characters is the projectionist, whom Jimmy strikes up a friendship with. Over time, Jimmy finds out what the drive-in was designed for and plans an escape (not in the year 2000). How many cars will have to blow up before Jimmy can get out? You have to watch to find out.

http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1100.jpg

Dead End Drive-In is slow, tackling subjects from government abuse of power to racism experienced by Vietnamese refugees in Australia. The action starts off strong and then heads to a full stop for ¾ of the movie, only to return for the 5 minute climatic ending. Pacing is fairly weak when compared to previous works by Brian Trenchard-Smith, but the photography is easily on of his bests efforts. Neon looks on film, and this one’s got more than a Spencer’s Gifts during the holiday season. Without the director’s commentary, I would consider this DVD pretty lackluster. Trenchard-Smith offers once again a laid-back conversation about his experiences during the 36-day shoot (most of which was done at night), showing his errors and his success. Overall, it a great commentary to a so-so film (remember, it's only $9.99). Still, I would warn most people, this isn’t Escape 2000, then again, it’s not Leprechaun 4 either – so purchase at your own discretion!

http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1102.jpg


Anchor Bay present’s Dead End Drive-In in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and the director’s commentary. The picture looks great, considering the large amount of night scenes and all the smoke in the film. Soundtrack is also good, the 2.0 DD does the job required, no complaints here.
http://home.comcast.net/~poorlogic/wsb/media/177525/site1094.jpg
As for the extras – you get the standard issued theatrical trailer and a poster/still gallery. Rated R with a running time of 87 minutes. A very 1986 looking production.

Sounds a bit like Joe Lansdale's THE DRIVE-IN.

betterdan
11-23-2003, 07:41 AM
Ummm you didn't have to quote the whole review just fyi.

Jason25
11-24-2003, 08:12 AM
Nice review Poorlogic! Nice screen shots as well.

I like the film, nothing spectacular by any stretch of the imagination but good enough to purchase. Solid direction, nice action, and a decent plot that was executed quite well. The acting wasn't too bad either and the film sports a nifty score.

The DVD looks and sounds good. Another solid release from Anchor Bay and quite an attractive price.