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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.

Director:

Stu Segall

Writers:

John F. Goff (screenplay) (as John Goff), George 'Buck' Flower (screenplay) (as Buck Flowers) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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

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 »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drive-In Massacre See more »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

S.A.M. Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot in four days. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Austin Johnson: [refering to the owner of the drive-in theater] Van Hewson thinks I married this "toilet"!
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Make up effects by: the Duke of Disguise See more »

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Featured in Planet X: Episode #2.6 (2006) See more »

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Maybe This Is What Started the Decline of Drive-Ins?
13 December 2005 | by BaronBl00dSee 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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