American Drive-In (1985) Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
Hard Rock Zombies is playing at the local drive-in, and an assorted cast of characters are all there to watch it one evening. There are too many oddball characters to go through, but some highlights are a film snob who continuously refuses his date’s advances to critique the film, a nerd who has seen the film numerous times and shouts out the dialogue, a guy trying to get his girlfriend to go down on him, two little old ladies, a prostitute operating out of her trailer, mischievous children, a drunk projectionist, and a guy trying to make a drug bust to become mayor. Horror fans will recognize Phil Fondacaro starring as one of the stars of Hard Rock Zombies (which he is) who comes to the drive-in to watch and praise his performance in the film.
Most of the film shows these characters engaged in a bunch of pranks and shenanigans, but a plot unfolds as Jack and his girlfriend Bobby Ann are continuously harassed-and later assaulted-by a gang of four thugs. Numerous attempted rapes and beatings by these thugs kinda offset the comedy aspect.
I’m obviously in the minority here, but I really enjoyed this movie. Even with all it’s cliched characters and situations, and it’s juvenile attempts at humor, I found myself not so much laughing out loud(which I did do though a time or two), but pleasantly grinning often.
Makes me wanna watch Hard Rock Zombies again, and I never thought I’d say that!
The goings-on at a typical drive-in on a summer night.
About American Drive-In (1985)
Starring: Deke Anderson, Joel Bennett, Anthony Benson, Ellen Albertini Dow, Vincent Craig Dupree
Runtime: 92 minutes
Director: Krishna Shah