A selection of some of the wildest, weirdest, wooliest and just downright entertaining exploitation items to have graced US drive-ins…
The adventures of a group of teenagers at a drive-in theatre in Texas one weekend night.
This shouldn't work as well as it does. It's a basic plot, the intersecting lives of a number of people, from a small Texas town, who all come to the Alamo Drive-In one evening.
Your enjoyment of this will hinge on a few factors. First, you must have a tolerance for mid-70's country music. In place of a score, the movie simply plays (and repeats) a few songs under the action. It's not as bad as it sounds, but if you don't enjoy the genre, it could be rough.
It also helps to have nostalgia for the drive-in experience in particular, and the 70's in general. I love the former, and am amused by the latter, so I had fun…
Corny but fun Texas-fried nostalgia with the greatest movie-in-movie disaster film of all time. Charming and effectively low budget effort that captures the spirit of the drive-in despite all the dopey characters and groan-inducing one-liners. Some enjoyable country music as well.
Coming out a few years after “American Graffiti”, Texas based “Drive-In”, tells the story of a small dusty town and its relationship with a drive-in movie theater built on the outskirts of town. Farmers, doctors, mechanics, students, thieves, and car gang members work hard all week to make a living, and then on Friday night, they check out the latest flick at the drive-in. This week it’s “Disaster ‘76”.
The film is basically a snapshot of life in a small Texas town in the mid-70s. It’s “American Graffiti” meets “Dazed and Confused”. All the action takes place on one day, pretty much in one location, and tells a variety of stories involving a large amount of characters. There really is…
Much better as a slice-of-life time capsule than a movie. Italian neo-realism if filmed in 1970's Texas. Slightly more happens, but only slightly. Roller rinks, vans with shag carpet on the windows and drive-in movies.
Kind of an early, less funny version of Dazed and Confused. It's definitely bad but strangely watchable and made me nostalgic for the many, many weekend nights I spent at the drive-in as a kid.
Here are most of the movies cited in the Filmography of my magnum opus, Hick Flicks: The Rise and Fall…