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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 ... 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)
... Jim (as Frank Hollowell)
... 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 ... 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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7 January 1977 (USA)  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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Body count: 9. See more »

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

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Detective Larry: I talked to the manager of the drive in, his name is Austin Johnson, and you're really gonna like him. He's what you'd call your perfect asshole.
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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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Mediocre movie, but amusing
23 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

I find many of the old horror movie titles as part of packaged releases from Brentwood and other companies, twelve titles for $5.99, fifty titles for $20.00, etc. Therefore, many of these films have not been remastered and have lousy sound or picture quality. This is very true for the version I saw of "Drive-in Movie Massacre". I couldn't understand most of what was being said in the opening sequence, and I had to increase the brightness of my television to figure out exactly whom was being shown at the end, and I think I know who it was -- due to the context -- but it wasn't clear.

However, despite its sound and picture problems, this film couldn't have been any better in crisp shape 30 years ago. I was only 4 and 5 in 1976 and recall only one time being sneaked into a drive-in; my understanding of drive-ins, however, is that when things on the screen got boring, people honked their horns. I read that that was why Sam Raimi kept up the pace of "Evil Dead", to prevent horn-honking. I imagine that there was much honking during screenings of this film. The ending is laughably absurd; it MIGHT have worked in 1940, or 1876, and it might scare little four year olds who are still afraid of the bogeyman and have parents who try to keep them well-behaved by using his appearance as a threat, but for teenagers or adults, it's "Oh, Jesus" lame.

This is on top of the film being highly padded, with a minutes-long scene of one character's carnival-gazing and another set in a warehouse that doesn't make a lick of sense. However, I found this film mildly amusing, in a movie-night-with-your-drinking-buddies sort of way. It has touches of camp, sometimes intentional. The manager of the drive-in, filled with angrily-told stories of self-pity, amused me, and I thought that the actor playing "Germy" often hit some spot-on moments, his pathetic 'am-I-a-good-boy?' eagerness to help with the investigation and wounded reaction when finally being pushed too far helping to ground the film.

This is not the worst film of its genre, and I'd watch it again with friends who want to make fun of something while we get drunk.


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