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Drive In Massacre (1976)

Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.



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Cast overview:
John F. Goff ...
Police Det. Mike Leary (as Jake Barnes)
Steve Vincent ...
Police Psychologist (as Adam Lawrence)
Douglas Gudbye ...
Verkina Flower ...
Little Girl in Warehouse (as Verkina Flowers)
Robert E. Pearson ...
Austin Johnson (as Newton Naushaus)
Catherine Barkley ...
Kathy - Jim's Date
Norman Sheridan ...
Orville Ingleson (as Norman Sherlock)
Jim (as Frank Hollowell)
Jacqueline Giroux ...
Arlene (as Valdesta)
Bruce Kimball ...
Police Det. John Koch (as Michael Alden)
Martin Gatsby ...
David (as Marty Gatsby)
Sandy Carey ...
Lori (as Patricia James)
Alan's Girl (as Tiffany Jones)
Myron Griffith ...


Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.

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On August 19th in a California Drive-In the Senseless Killings Began... See more »


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Release Date:

7 January 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drive In Masacre  »

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1.85 : 1
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The poster featured the following warning: "DRIVE-IN MASSACRE has been deemed by an independent film board to be too terrifying for viewing by the average theatre patron. For this reason, it is suggested that those of you with severe emotional disorders or chronic coronary dysfunction NOT see this movie. The risk is entirely yours." See more »


Catherine Barkley, who plays Jim's date, wears a brown wig in the film. When Jim attempts to remove her shirt, her blond hair is visible toward the back of her neck. She quickly grabs the wig and pulls it down. See more »


Detective Mike: We have a witness, who saw you crawl out of your car and over to the victim's car, what were you doing? Pissing on the hubcaps?
Orville: I just wanted to beat my meat!
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Make up effects by: the Duke of Disguise See more »


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I've seen worse...
28 January 2006 | by (Unplugged) – See all my reviews

OK, just finished watching the awful transfer of this film on a $1 DVD. I prepared myself to be shatteringly disappointed by reading the reviews here before I started. And... drum roll please... I didn't think it was nearly as bad as everyone says.

That being said, let's get the really awful aspects out into the open; the music really is pretty uninspired. Think Radio Shack electronic workshop - imagine a 9 year old plugging and unplugging wires and pushing buttons on a flimsy bit of PC board. Got it? OK, bring it down a notch. There are also some awkward transitions in the plot. Consider a story you might tell a child, the kind you make up as you go along. When the child asks why the plot of your story contradicts itself, you just wave off their questions with a shake of your hand and say, "Keep listening!" This movie does that... kind of a lot. And, alas, sometimes the murdered dead look like dummies - and that never happens in any film and it should absolutely not be forgiven under any circumstances... ;) But what about the good? How about some really excellent acting on the part of Douglas Gudbye as "Germy" and his counterpart, Newton Naushaus, "Mr Johnson." Gudbye's skill on the screen made me pause the movie to check his filmography, hoping he had matured into a great success. Saddly, his role here was his first and last. Gudbye puts Dustin Hoffman to shame in acting out the role of a mentally handicapped. Naushaus, also appearing here in his only film role, was the embodiment of the anal-retentive schmuck we all endured at our first summer job. Also good? The sets - always authentic but never in the way.

Bearing in mind that the film was intended for drive-in audiences, the plot, the ending, and the characters all make perfect sense and contribute to what would have been, if seen in the proper environment, a genuinely unnerving film.

I'm sorry for those who really think this is the worst film ever. I'm always on a quest for the Holy Grail of Hokiness, the Ark of Awful... but it won't be found here.

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