In the near future, a teenage couple is trapped in a drive-in theater which has become a concentration camp for social outcasts. The inmates are treated to drugs, exploitation films, junk food, and new wave music.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ned Manning ...
Crabs
Natalie McCurry ...
Carmen
Peter Whitford ...
Thompson
Wilbur Wilde ...
Hazza
Dave Gibson ...
Dave
Sandie Lillingston ...
Beth
Ollie Hall ...
Frank
Lyn Collingwood ...
Fay
Nikki McWaters ...
Shirl
Melissa Davis ...
Narelle
Margi Di Ferranti ...
Jill
Desirée Smith ...
Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey ...
Mickey
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Jeff
Brett Climo ...
Don
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In the near future, drive-in theatres are turned into concentration camps for the undesirable and unemployed. The prisoners don't really care to escape because they are fed and they have a place to live which is, in most cases, probably better than the outside. Crabs and his girlfriend Carmen are put into the camp and all Crabs wants to do is escape. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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The movie poster seen early in the film was for the fictitious film "Rambo 8: Rambo takes Russia". See more »

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Crabs: Beauty!
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Down The Road
Composed by Dave Hogan, Manny Seddon, Nick Gusley, and Mick Barton
Performed by Southern Lightning
Produced by Trevor Courtney and John French
Engineered by John French
Recorded by Fast Forward
Published by Phantom Power Music
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Teenage mutant post-apocalyptic punk party
28 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Wow! This movie is more 80s than Purple Rain. And the music is better too.....well almost.

Although you would be mistaken for thinking that the 80s ingested it's self and spewed it's self back up causing a teenage mutant post-apocalyptic punk party - scratch that, you're probably right.

This movie is mental. And it works.

It's the distant future...maybe.....and the world ( or Australia ) is full of punks called cowboys who cause mayhem and destruction. The police are useless and dirty. A young jogger named Crabs takes his girlfriend to a drive in cinema.

This is where the movie takes a crazy turn. Crabs and his girlfriend find themselves stranded after their car's wheels are stolen. It turns out that there are hundreds of people stranded in the drive-in and there is no escape. It reminds me of an abstract reworking of The Prisoner TV series, and it works pretty well.

All of the characters, costumes, props and locations are cool. There is only one gripe - the drive in is meant to be cut off from the world with only an S-road outside with miles to the next settlement - at least that's how I understood it, but you can clearly see houses outside of the walls when crane shots are used. Not a major flaw by any stretch.

Talking of crane shots - The direction is excellent. The camera movements, framing and pace are spot on. As usual the Arrow video release is very good. The transfer looks great and the audio is excellent as too is the soundtrack.

All in all a quirky 80s Australian hidden gem and definitely worth checking out if you're an 80s fan.

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