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Drive In Massacre (1977)

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

Cast overview:
John F. Goff ...
Police Det. Mike Leary (as Jake Barnes)
Steve Vincent ...
Police Psychologist (as Adam Lawrence)
Douglas Gudbye ...
Germy
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)
John Alderman ...
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)
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Alan's Girl (as Tiffany Jones)
Myron Griffith ...
Alan
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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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Filmed entirely in bloodcurdling Gore-Color See more »

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7 January 1977 (USA)  »

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Drive In Masacre  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Catherine Barkley is credited as Kathy, although that name isn't used in the film. See more »

Quotes

Austin Johnson: [watching a cop at the police station eating a ham sandwich] You better watch it, you might be eating your father.
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Crazy Credits

The title is shown as though it were written in letters on the marquee of an actual drive-in theatre. See more »

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Features Saddle Tramp Women (1972) See more »

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Maybe This Is What Started the Decline of Drive-Ins?
13 December 2005 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Dreadful film about a serial killer that repeatedly butchers his victims with a sword at a Californian drive-in. On the trail of the killer are two overweight police detectives with no acting skill whatsoever - which accommodates a cast of similar types. This film has little substance: we are given the killings with no reason at all, with no killer it seems, and with no credibility in direction, script, or acting. None of the "cast" seems like a real actor(maybe a case could be made for the guy playing Germy). The actors look like they move on cue. The script gives us nothing in terms of plot except that a couple cops are looking for a killer at a drive-in and they have three forgettable leads in solving the case. The direction is sub-par as the lighting is barely able to illuminate much of the action at night. The gore is ridiculously inept in execution, and the editing is just as flawed. The film is funny for all the wrong reasons, especially some inane dialog like the fattest police detective being warned that the ham sandwich he is eating may be his father(?) The film is framed in the same type of documentary prologue and epilogue used so much more effectively in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Here it is laughable. A truly bad film with little merit.


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