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Dead End Drive-In (1986)

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 ...
Natalie McCurry ...
Peter Whitford ...
Wilbur Wilde ...
Dave Gibson ...
Sandie Lillingston ...
Ollie Hall ...
Lyn Collingwood ...
Nikki McWaters ...
Melissa Davis ...
Margi Di Ferranti ...
Desirée Smith ...
Tracey (as Desiree Smith)
Murray Fahey ...
Brett Climo ...


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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22 August 1986 (USA)  »

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Guy Norris: The stuntman as a Carboy. See more »


[last lines]
Crabs: Beauty!
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Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »


My Heart's on Fire
Written by Tim Doyle (as Doyle), Nick Swan (as Swan), Tony Starr (as Starr), Fred Loneragan (as Loneragan) and Warren McLean (as McLean)
Performed by Machinations
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14 March 2008 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

You'all, Yes it was a kind of silly movie...but I was in it!!! I was Shirl the Girl,dispensing contraception in the toilet block. Hey, we had such a hoot making this movie. The explosion scenes were fabulous and the people I worked with were great. My family hasn't seen the film (husband and kids) because I've always been embarrassed by it...but so many people found it so much fun so in that way it was a success albeit cultish. I think I'll try to pick it up on e-bay and try to watch it again after all these years. Thanks to all you international folk for being so adventurous and watching such an obscure flick!!!

Nikki McWatters

P.S All I remember about Brian Trenchard-Smith was that he kept talking about another actress who he thought was destined for big things - Nicole Kidman! So I guess he had an eye for talent!

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