Very short,bloody watchable slasher from the 70's.
J. Cook | Buffalo | 01/03/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
Some really gruesome deaths, a nice, easy and unconfusing plot-- typical slasher film. The film introduced a few suspects, and even a plot twist, which was pretty easy to guess. A couple pretty awesome kills, and the run time was a mere 70 minutes.
The acting was pretty bad, camera work sub-par, dialogue lacked, which made it pretty typical for the genre.
Regardless of bad this film really was, and how much people seem to hate it, I really liked it. It did have bad acting, bad camera and bad writing, but it was a nice and solid slasher. It was released in 1976 and I think they did pretty will with the gore for that time. The deaths in the opening scene were the best and by far the bloodiest, but all of the rest still delivered. George "Buck" Flower co-wrote this movie and starred in an uncredited role, which brought a smile to my face.
I think it is a must own for any fan of the slasher movie, and really, if you hate the movie it's only 70 minutes long (uncut) so, why not check it out?
A serial killer molded after the Dutchmaster himself
Sid the Elf | North Pole | 09/24/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"First off we find it pretty amazing (not in a good way) that this is only the third review done for a film made in 1974, both being within the last 3 years. For most that is a warning sign to steer clear. However for Sid that's what draws us in. Sure it doesn't make sense to most, but the quest for b often brings you to films of this caliber and sometimes gives you a classic. This was not one of those times. When you take gambles you also open yourself up to some big let downs and Drive in Massacre is one of those we'll hope to never see again.
The film begins in the typical grainy 70's look as the sunsets and the local drive in opens up. Once the film starts rolling a couple looking to get a little randy winds up getting killed by a sword yielding maniac. Hey Dutch! It's the exact sword that pear shaped loser used to have. Anyway, this alerts two dim witted old investigators (one resembling John Madden) and they hit the scene of the crime. From here one out the film goes absolutely nowhere. It's pretty much the same scene over and over leaving you amped to hit the fast forward button quite often.
So to Sum up Drive-In Massacre: stay away! Even if you're a huge fan of b, this will leave you virtually nothing to find enjoyment in. See for Sid we were born past the drive in times and never got to enjoy what seemed to be a great experience. Naturally you'd think it would make for a great horror atmosphere, but this one proved to be the contrary. In the world of b horror we like to try and broaden our horizons by finding some more obscure films from older time periods. This one was came up empty but that will never stop Sid. This one never would have made it back in the days and easily would have gotten passed up to watch Cow Tipping for a 5th time in one sitting."
M. Ryan Fairbanks | Cleveland, Ohio | 04/02/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Sigh. Alright, here we go: Drive in Massacre.
C'mon, do we even need reviews to know that this movie is terrible? I think the only real question here is, how terrible is it? To some people, bad movies are just bad movies, but what they don't know is that a bad flick can fall into several different sub-categories. Some go on to become cult classics in their own right, others are fun to watch just for laughs... Then there are those that are just plain bad, and that's where Drive-in Massacre comes in. I'm no stranger to the world of third tier films, but while I wouldn't go as far as to say this was the worst thing I've ever seen, I must say it's definetly up there.
Inspired plot is in short supply here. A few people are murdered at a local drive-in theater, and a couple of fat old cops are trying to find the culprit. Then there's LOTS of talking, a few scenes too poorly lit to make out what's happening, more talking, the big "twist ending", and it's over.
The one upside of Drive in Massacre is that it will only waste 70 minutes of your life as opposed to the typical 90 minute run time, almost as if director Stu Segall just decided to put it out of its misery. Even still, it seemed to drag on for eternity.
This may just be the worst slasher ever, and that's saying a lot! Your best bet, avoid Drive-in Massacre at all costs."