Time to get the popcorn and lean back the recliner for 50 drive-in classics that will take you back to a golden era of over-acting and cheesy special effects. Find the best and worst of undiscovered Drive-in cinema featuri... more »ng box office legends and complete unknowns.« less
Bindy Sue FrÝnkŁnschtein | under the rubble | 05/17/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"50 DRIVE-IN MOVIE CLASSICS is yet another public domain movie bonanza! It's a mixed bag of hits, misses, and total duds! Still, most are a blast to watch, and cost so much less than other releases of the same movies that it's worth the cheap price! This collection contains nudity, gore, sick humor, etc., and well deserves it's R-rating! Now, to the movies! I'll review 'em in the order they appear and use "*" for stars. THE DEVIL W/ SEVEN FACES- *** Carrol Baker is a woman plagued by the thieving partners of her twin sister. A nice twist ending you'll see coming for miles! TWISTER'S REVENGE- ** (This is on my copy instead of FIEND) A monster-truck w/ artificial intelligence helps it's driver defeat the crooks who want to steal it. Pretty dumb, but fun enough. DAY OF THE PANTHER- *** Aussie kung-fu! Ed Stazak is the fu master, out to get a druglord. Features a kung-fu fighting guy in a pig mask w/ a machette! How can you lose?? CREEPER (AKA: RITUALS)- **** Hal Holbrook stars as a doctor who goes camping w/ a group of other doctors in the deep woods, only to be stalked by a crazed murderer! Excellent! COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDE (aka: SATANIC RITES OF DRACULA)- **** Christopher Lee is Drac and Peter Cushing is Van Helsing in this mod 70s vampire epic. The Count wants to wipe out mankind w/ a super-plague! Also stars AB FAB's Joanna Lumley! Watch for the nekkid sacrifice too! COUNTRY BLUE- *** Hillbillies run amok in this southern fried cops 'n' robbers saga! Dub Taylor's in it as well. GOING STEADY- ** Somewhat humorous, yet boring little tale of teens in 1950s Tel Aviv. Sort of PORKY'S in Israel! Contains nudity galore! MAD DOG (aka: BEAST WITH A GUN)- **** Helmut Berger is sleazebag, escaped convict Nanni Vitally in this bloody, rape-filled extravaganza of trashiness! He's vengeful and deadly! I WONDER WHO'S KILLING HER NOW?- * Horrible, dull, "comedy" about a guy trying to collect on his wife's life insurance. Ugg! SAVAGE WEEKEND- *** A masked murderer is on the loose! Deaths ensue. William Sanderson is a wacked out sort of guy, but is he the killer? Good stuff! BLACK HOOKER- ** Depressing tale of a mixed up kid who longs for his prostitute mum's love, only to be rejected by her and everyone else. Lots of nudity, rape, etc. JIVE TURKEY- *** OK story about black hoods against italian mobsters. Check out the transvestite assassin w/ the killer heels! ABSOLUTION- **** Richard Burton is a priest in a catholic boys' school who finds himself caught up in a psychotic game of death after he tells his class about the absolute secrecy of confession. Great! BREAKOUT FROM OPPRESSION- *** A woman is stalked and tormented by someone after being released from prison. Interesting and different. CREEPERS (aka: PHENOMENA)- **** A shortened version of Argento's classic. A young girl (Jennifer Connelly) who can psychically communicate w/ insects teams up w/ an entimologist (Donald Pleasance) to catch a serial-killer. Awesome! DON'T OPEN 'TIL CHRISTMAS- *** Someone's killing people who are dressed as Santa! Includes a urinal-side castration scene! Yikes! SNOWBEAST- *** Clint Walker, Bo Svenson, and Yvette Mimeau track down a murderous yeti at a ski resort. HORROR OF THE ZOMBIES- * Those rickety-skeleton templar monks are back. This time, some tasty fashion models are on the menu! Watch for the ship of doom (a toy boat that bobs along in someone's bathtub)! Hilarious! MAMA DRACULA- A good idea gone bad. Louise Fletcher is the queen of the damned, looking for virgins' blood to bath in. Alas, there just aren't as many virgins nowadays! This one would have been better if about 45 mins had been lopped off! MURDER MANSION- ** A group of travelers end up in a mansion surrounded by fog. A witch lives there, and mayhem ensues. The twist ending is not so good! TRAUMA- *** Schoolgirls are being murdered! They all have a connection to a horrible past event. Lots of nudity and a rather disturbing premise! UNSANE (aka: TENEBRES)- **** Yep, another Argento gem! Tony Franciosa is a writer of violent thrillers who has a killer using his books as a blueprint for murder! Bloody! VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES- *** Paul Naschy plays a dual role as a wimpy mystic and his evil twin brother. The evil Paul is raising dead women from the grave to exact revenge on his enemies. These babes look more like Manson gals than zombies! VOODOO BLACK EXORCIST- ** Folks on a cruiseship are haunted by a mummy. So-so at best. Gets an extra star for the fire-eating bellydancer! Rowwrr! IN HOT PURSUIT (aka: POLK COUNTY POT PLANE)- ** It's Cheech and Chong meets Smokey And The Bandit, as hillbilly hippies smuggle pot. Car chases galore! Cheap and cheesy! SHOCK- **** Vincent Price is a doctor who murders his wife. He is witnessed by a woman who goes into shock because of it, and becomes his next patient! INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (aka: GRAVEYARD TRAMPS)- ***** Men are dying from a love overload as Anitra Ford (Messiah Of Evil) leads her swarm of Bee girls on a mating rampage! Stick around for the ultra-sticky marshmallow cream sequence! Great heavenly days! Loads of nude bodies in this masterpiece! KATIE'S PASSION- **** This early Paul Verhoven effort is about a girl who is forced into prostitution in order to survive. It's a good movie w/ one scene that shocked even me! I'll never look at shadow puppets the same way again! THE WEREWOLF VS. VAMPIRE WOMAN- *** Paul Naschy gets hairy and seeks someone to release him from his curse. He needs a silver cross that is located in the heart of the witch / vampire queen! The battle is short and at the very end of the movie! SPARE PARTS- *** A young couple is rudely interupted during their honeymoon when a gang of organ thieves kidnaps the husband! DEATH BY DIALOGUE- * Awful, direct-to-video abomination about a haunted movie script. Pitiful! LEGACY OF BLOOD- *** John Carradine is barely in this film as a "dead" guy w/ a useless family of letches. He'll give them his inheritence only if they stay a week in his mansion. Faith Demergue (This Island Earth) and Jeff Morrow (Kronos) co-star. THE MANIPULATOR- ** Mickey Rooney jumps, dances, screams, emotes, and kills Keenan Wynn in this psychedelic / psychopathic story about an ex-make-up man gone bananas! Rooney is frightening at times (not in a good way)! Luanne Anders (Dementia 13, Night Tide) is along for the manic ride! THROW OUT THE ANCHOR!- *** G-rated family fare about an oddball collection of people trying to save a cove from developers. Dina Merrill was still hot in her 40s! NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR- ***** Oh my! An anthology of truncated movies w/ hideous 80's music segments and a God / Satan philosophical debate holding them together! You get mutilations by hacksaw, nazis, electrocutions, claymation demons, a giant blood-sucking fly, and Richard Moll as a sadistic maniac! A must see! THE GUY FROM HARLEM- * The mountainous afros and plaid polyester suits can't save this toilet raft! Dull to the point of agony! DON'T LOOK IN THE BASEMENT- **** The new nurse is in for a surprise! The mental hospital she's just started working for has undergone some drastic changes recently! Vats of blood and neggidness! PRISONER OF THE LOST UNIVERSE- ** Even Kay Lenz and John Saxon can't save this sci-fi elephant tranquilizer! RATTLERS- *** Chemicals dumped in the desert have turned harmless rattlesnakes into manhunting killers! OK. SAVAGE JOURNEY- * Dull portrayal of history of the mormon church. Richard Moll plays Joseph Smith. ISLAND MONSTER- *** Boris Karloff is either a kindly doctor or a homicidal drug smuggler. Better than I expected. BEAST FROM HAUNTED CAVE- **** One of my favorite Corman productions! Made for no money at all, and yet it holds up as a good monster movie! THE FIRING LINE- * RAMBO / MISSING IN ACTION clone w/ lots of gunfire and explosions, but no real characters to actually care about! Abysmal! Shannon Tweed's in it, but don't get your hopes up! TREASURE OF TAYOPA- *** Treasure hunters in mexico encounter tragedy when one of their party turns out to be a murderous lunatic! THE LAZARUS SYNDROME- ** Louis Gossett jr. is a cardiologist in this long forgotten TV pilot. It's not bad, but leads nowhere since the show never materialized. PRIME TIME (aka: AMERICAN RASPBERRY)- ***** This movie is worth the price of this entire collection! In the tradition of THE GROOVE TUBE, KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, and TUNNELVISION, PRIME TIME is better than any of these! Someone has taken control of our tv sets, showing outrageous programming w/ such shows as: "Poodles For Christ" and "The Sexual Deviants Telethon"! There are many, many more, even more insane and hysterically funny shows! If you liked National Lampoon magazine in it's 70s hayday, then you'll love this! THE LEGEND OF BIGFOOT- * A home movie w/ terrible voice-overs! Wretched cess! SLAVE OF THE CANNIBAL GOD- **** Ursula Andress and Stacey Keach lead a rescue team deep into the south american jungles to find Ms. Andress' husband. Uh-oh! Those pesky cannibals await! This is the cut version w/ limited animal deaths and nudity. Alas, Ursula's infamous scene has been clipped! The movie itself is still worth watching though. TNT JACKSON- *** TNT is out to avenge her brother's death. Her stunt-double will stop at nothing to achieve revenge! Contains the topless karate scene! WOMEN OF DEVIL'S ISLAND- *** Women look for gold and get tortured. A "reformer" arrives on the notorious isle. However, he has a secret! Pretty decent. Alright, That's the lot! I highly recommend this collection. Enjoy..."
Cheese Fest Galore!
Reb | Michigan | 03/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Time to get the popcorn and lean back the recliner for 50 drive-in classics that will take you back to a golden era of over-acting and cheesy special effects. Find the best and worst of undiscovered Drive-in cinema featuring box office legends and complete unknowns.
Absolution Beast from Haunted Cave Black Hooker Breakout from Oppression Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride Country Blue Creeper Creepers Day of the Panther Death By Dialogue Devil with Seven Faces, The Don't Look in the Basement Don't Open Till Christmas Fiend Firing Line, The Going Steady Guy from Harlem, The Horror of the Zombies I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? In Hot Pursuit Invasion of the Bee Girls Island Monster, The Jive Turkey Katie's Passion Lazarus Syndrome, The Legacy of Blood Legend of Big Foot Mad Dog Mama Dracula Manipulator, The Murder Mansion, The Night Train to Terror Prime Time Prisoner of the Lost Universe Rattlers Savage Journey Savage Weekend Shock Slave of the Cannibal God Snowbeast Spare Parts Throw Out the Anchor TNT Jackson Trauma Treasure of Tayopa Unsane Vengeance of the Zombies Voodoo Black Exorcist Werewolf vs. Vampire Women, The Women of Devil's Island
DRIVE_IN MOVIE CLASSICS
Randy Gravley | emerson | 04/02/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I like the movies but I didn't like the mill creek entertainment logo that comes up 3 or 4 times on the screen when your watching a movie.I own all the 50 packs and no other pack has this annoying logo that comes up except this one and DARK CRIMES.IF i had knew this i would have never bought these two.If you don't mind logo coming up 3 or 4 times on the screen when your watching a movie then buy this."
On a bit of a different note..
K. Rowley | Austin, Texas United States | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not really going to talk about how "cheesy" some of these films are - "Drive-In Movie Classics" pretty much sums it up and that is what you get.
What I want to do is make a couple of comments about this package of movies that I think many of the other reviewers overlooked:
1 - The packaging of the discs - the package I got consisted of a box with 12 individual cardboard sleeves, each with a single DVD inside. Personally I like this as it seems to have kept the discs secure during shipment. I've bought other multi-disc sets and have never been that impressed with how they were shoe-horned into a single huge clam-shell case. Another thing that I like about the slim sleeves that these discs come in - it makes it really easy to drop one or two of these movies into the pockets of my laptop and/or my portable DVD player case. Also on the sleeves is a short description of each movie - in a very readable 12-pt font.
2 - The number of discs, there are twelve double-sided discs in this collection, with two movies on each side. Why do I think that is important? Mainly because I've bought other sets where a cheaper publisher crammed four movies onto each disc side so as to get 50 movies on five discs. To do that they had to greatly compress the videos which made them have a huge amount of artifacts and pixilation - making them almost unwatchable. The movies on this 12-disc set are of excellent quality, at least as good as possible considering the source material. While there appears to have been some defects in the prints used to make these DVDs (scratches and whatnot) there doesn't seem to be any noticeable additional problems introduced from overly compressing the films to get them on the discs.
This is the third set of videos from Mill Creek Entertainment that I've purchased; I also bought their "Hollywood Legends" and "Cartoon Classics" collections. I must say that I've been very pleased with all three sets and look forward to buying more of their collections. "
On a 1 to 10 scale, this collection is rated: 4.1
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 04/14/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Drive-in movies are an all but forgotten part of the teenage-dating ritual.
Once upon a time, on Friday and Saturday nights (weather permitting), kids everywhere would head out to their local drive-in theater, ostensibly to catch a double feature. The car would get parked in a somewhat elevated space and a tinny little speaker had to be hung on one of the two front seat windows. After lighting up a dashboard bug coil (to keep the mosquitoes away) then came the quick run to buy popcorn, french fries and Cokes. Finally, back in the car, we'd settle down and wait for the show to start.
When the snack bar commercial started running (usually right around dusk), we all knew that soon the fun would begin! The "Coming Attractions" and a cartoon were followed by the opening credits of the first film. That was the cue for most kids to stop watching that weathered outdoor screen, and begin to watch each other (and then some). In this fashion, we happily managed to ignore some of the strangest movies ever made.
The DRIVE-IN MOVIE CLASSICS 50 MOVIE PACK is the perfect way for those of us old enough to remember what we missed back then (and why!) to finally see exactly what was going on up there on the screen. (To the younger folks who may never have experienced a drive-in theater, it doesn't take a lot of imagination to figure out what your future parents were doing on movie nights.) .
Based on polling numbers from a film resource website, the current average 1 to 10 rating for this box set is: 4.1.
The following alphabetized program list includes individual poll scores, original theatrical titles (where indicated), year of release and country of origin (if other than USA), as well as featured performers.
(6.0) Absolution (UK-1978) - Richard Burton/Domenic Guard (3.3) Beast From Haunted Cave (1959) - Michael Forest/Sheila Noonan (3.2) Black Hooker ("Street Sisters") (1974) - Durey Mason/Sandra Alexandra (5.1) Count Dracula And His Vampire Bride ("The Satanic Rites Of Dracula") (UK-1974) - Christopher Lee/Peter Cushing (3.9) Breakout From Oppression (Hong Kong-1978) - Fonda Lynn/Alan Tam (2.8) Country Blue (1973) - Dub Taylor/Jack Conrad (5.3) Creeper (Canada-1977) - Hal Holbrook/Lawrence Dane (6.7) Creepers ("Phenomena") (Italy-1985) - Jennifer Connelly/Donald Pleasence (in support) (4.0) Day Of The Panther (Australia-1988) - Ed Stazak/John Stanton (2.8) Death By Dialogue (1988) - Ken Sagoes/Laura Albert (4.6) The Devil With Seven Faces (Italy-1971)- Caroll Baker/Stephen Boyd (4.5) Don't Look In The Basement ("The Forgotten") (1973) - Bill McGhee/Jessie Lee Fulton (3.2) Don't Open Till Christmas (UK-1984) - Edmund Purdom/Alan Lake (3.0) The Firing Line (USA/Philippines-1991) - Rob Brown/Shannon Tweed (4.4) Going Steady (Israel/W Ger-1979) (2.4) The Guy From Harlem (1977) - Loye Hawkins/Cathy Davis (2.7) Horror Of The Zombies (Spain-1974) - Maria Perschy/Jack Taylor (1.9) In Hot Pursuit ("Polk County Pot Plane") (1977) - Don Watson/Bobby Watson (4.8) Invasion Of The Bee Girls (1973) - William Smith/Anitra Ford (2.7) The Island Monster (Italy-1954) - Boris Karloff (3.2) I Wonder Who's Killing Her Now? (1975) - Bob Dishy/Joanna Barnes/Bill Dana/Vito Scotti (4.9) Jive Turkey ("Baby Needs A New Pair Of Shoes") (1974) - Frank DeKova/Paul Harris (6.7) Katie's Passion (Netherlands-1975) - Rutger Hauer (5.7) Lazarus Syndrome (TV-1978) - Louis Gossett Jr./E.G. Marshall (1.9) Legacy Of Blood ("Blood Legacy") (1971) - Rudolfo Acosta/John Carradine (in support) (3.9) Legend Of Big Foot (1976) - Ivan Marx/Peggy Marx (6.0) Mad Dog ("Beast With A Gun") (Italy-1977) - Helmut Berger/Richard Harrison (2.4) Mama Dracula (France/Belgium-1980) - Louise Fletcher/Maria Schneider (4.7) The Murder Mansion (Spain-1972) - Evelyn Stewart (1.9) The Manipulator (1971) - Mickey Rooney/Keenan Wynn (2.2) Night Train To Terror (1985) - Barbara Wyler/Jamie Scoggin (5.3) Prime Time ("American Raspberry") (1977) - Paul Ainsley/Royce Applegate/Joanna Cassidy (minor role) (4.1) Prisoners Of The Lost Universe (UK-1983) - Richard Hatch/Kay Lenz/John Saxon (4.3) Rattlers (1976) - Sam Chew Jr./Elisabeth Chauvet (3.9) Savage Journey (TV-1983) - Maurice Grandmaison/Paul Warton/Richard Moll (minor role) (3.9) Savage Weekend (1979) - Christopher Allport/Jim Doerr (6.3) Shock (1946) - Vincent Price (4.9) Slave Of The Cannibal God (Italy-1978) - Ursula Andress/Stacy Keach (4.0) Snowbeast (TV-1977) - Bo Svenson/Yvette Mimieux/Robert Logan (5.9) Spare Parts (TV-W Germany-1979) (2.8) Throw Out The Anchor! (1974) - Richard Egan/Dina Merrill (4.0) T.N.T. Jackson (USA/Philippines-1975) - Jeannie Bell/Stan Shaw (5.8) Trauma (Italy/W Ger-1978) - Fabio Testi/Christine Kaufmann (3.1) Treasure Of Tayopa (1974) - Gilbert Roland/Rena Winters (3.1) Twister's Revenge! (1987) - Dean West/Meredith Orr (7.1) Unsane (Italy-1982) - Anthony Franciosa (3.9) Vengeance Of The Zombies (Spain-1973) (1.9) Voodoo Black Exorcist (Spain-1973) (4.7) The Werewolf Vs. Vampire Women (Spain/W Ger-1971) (3.3) Women Of Devil's Island (Italy/France-1962) - Guy Madison"