'Dead End Drive In' is the type of film which I am ashamed to say I never watched until now. Set in Post-Apocalyptic Australia, we are introduced to our main character Crabs, a young man, who wishes he was bigger and stronger like his brother. One night, Crabs takes his girlfriend to a drive-in movie theater, which later we find out is actually an internment camp set up by the government. Crabs is told he cannot leave, and most of the film follows him as he tries to figure out how to get the parts for his 57 Chevy - which he needs to escape. The film is pretty much all that I love about 80's sci-fi. The pounding synth inspired score is awesome, along with the amazing production design mainly composed of neon lights, spray paint artistry, and some amazingly over the top costumes, make-up and hairstyles. At its core the film is clearly a social commentary, as we watch Crabs and his girlfriend grow more distant as their viewpoints on the situation tend to differ. She views the place as having everything she needs, while Crabs views himself as a prisoner. There is even a random subplot involving White Supremacists holding an Anti-Asian protest rally after a bunch of new asian prisoners are brought into the camp. The film is over-the-top, with many of the other prisoners being played in an hysterically over-the top manner. Some people think this film is boring because most of the action doesnt come til near the very end, but I personally was just fascinated with this 80's post apocalyptic world that was created. Speaking of, the action towards the end is exciting, with some good car chase action and great cinematography which you would expect coming from this type of film. The film is quite gorgeous, and the director even does some very fun things using the drive-in screen. For example, during the White Supremacist rally, the director screens his own film "The Man From Hong Kong'- Dead-in Drive In is very tongue and cheek in that regard. Essentially it's a lot of fun for anyone whom is a fan of 80's sci-fi trash cinema or even Oz Exploitation. The inclusion of a racist subplot might not have been necessary, but the irony of White Supremacists holding an Anti-Asian rally during a screening of Trenchard-Smith's "The Man From Hong Kong" is great.
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