Dead-End Drive-In (1986) Movie Review: The Love Child of Mad Max and Punk Rock

By: Frankie B. (Two Beers) –

Hit the blind watch jackpot with Dead-End Drive-In. Normally, when I agree to watch something without knowing anything about it I inadvertently screw myself over by selecting a huge piece of shit. With this one, I just happened to get one of the better Grindhouse dystopian movies to come out in the 80s. If Quentin Tarantino says it’s one of his favorite movies of all time, you’re probably going to be in for a treat.

Set in a dystopian future version of Australia, we follow Jimmy, aka “Crabs”, as he tries to hook up with chicks and drive cool cars in the process. One night, Jimmy decides to “borrow” his brother’s car and take his girlfriend to the local drive-in movie theater. What he doesn’t know is that the drive-in is a detention center for unruly youths. Police and government corruption lead to all of these kids creating a type of colony in the movie theater and Jimmy just wants to escape.

Kyle Reese's methed out twin
Kyle Reese’s methed-out twin

A Toast

This movie is pretty bonkers for a simple dystopian rip-off of Mad Max. Weird gangs, car sex, and car chases are plentiful in this one. And I’m not complaining for a second about it. “Crabs” is a pretty decent character to follow as he is the typical rebel bad boy who is also a pretty decent dude. All he wants to do is get out of the Drive-In and get back to hanging out with his brother. Nothing crazy. The car chases are surprisingly well done for a movie on a very limited budget. Also, the sound track is super solid. If you like punk rock, you’re going to love this movie.

Those have to be the pointiest nips of ALL TIME
Those have to be the pointiest nips of ALL TIME.

Beer Two

The movie just kind of ends at one point. No real resolution, it just pretty much stops, in a real abrupt fashion. It makes sense when I think about it, but it doesn’t reduce how jarring it is. Also, outside of “Crabs”, there are no fully formed compelling characters anywhere to be seen.


If you are in the mood to see a movie similar to the original Mad Max, this is the movie for you. Boobs, car chases, and punk rock, can’t really go wrong with that combination. Have fun watching this, I highly recommend it.


Dead-End Drive-In (1986) Drinking Game

Take a Drink: every time “Crabs”cleans his car’s engine.

Take a Drink:  every time “Crabs” is told he can’t leave the drive-in.

Do a Shot: whenever the cops do something shady.

Do a Shot: every time you see boobs.

About Frankie B.

A kid from New York that fell in love with the magic of movies. Fascinated by every facet of the movie industry. Really love B-quality horror movies and psychological thrillers. Movieboozer is a humor website and drinking games are intended for entertainment purposes only, please drink responsibly.

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