Over the last couple of years, the kind folks at Arrow Films have started unearthing some classic 80's horror films. The latest one to get a makeover is Dead End Drive-In. Man, I can still remember the trailer for this one as well as the song they played at the end. Cool stuff. This one was originally release in 1986, and yes, when you're watching it, it does feel dated, but does it really matter? One huge improvement from the original is the transfer to 2K restoration. The film quality looks great, and better than it's original release.
Dead End Drive-In is set in a futuristic city, ala Mad Max, but not quite that apocalyptic. There is still structure, but the town is full of chaos. Apparently the town is up to their ears in mischief, so the powers that be decided to imprison the troubled youth, of the town, at a drive-in theater. Long story short, the kids go to the theater to see a flick, and unbeknownst to them, after the movie is over, they are now trapped. I know if sounds kooky, but it is a fun watch, especially with the added clarity of the restoration. Though this one isn't a Halloween or Friday the 13th, it's still a fun one to put on, with some pizza and a cold beer.
Bottom Line: Another cult classic, given the 5 star treatment by Arrow. A fun flick with lots of action.
-Ragman is re-thinking taking the family to a drive-in, anytime soon.