Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 27th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1976
Director: Stu Segall
Writers: John F. Goff, George ‘Buck’ Flower, Stu Segall
Cast: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye, John Alderman, Janus Blythe, Norman Sheridan
BluRay released: March 14th, 2017
Approximate running times: 74 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD Mono English, DTS-HD Mono Spanish
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Severin Films
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
Drive-In Massacre was co-written and direct by Stu Segall (Insatiable) who is most known for producing these televisions series, Hunter, Silk Stalking’s and Renegade. Key collaborators include, screenwriter John F. Goff (Butterfly, Hundra) and cinematographer Ken Gibb (Massacre Mafia Style, The Candy Tangerine Man).
The Slasher film subgenre like all film genres has its rabid followers. And though is familiarity to these types of films. The most notable examples from this genre have one thing in common, they are fun watch and re-watch. Then there are films like Drive-In Massacre a quickly thrown together film that defies expectations.
Though this film’s narrative is drawn out and there are a few scenes that stay beyond their welcome. Fortunately, these short comings are not fatal and there are far more areas where this film comes out ahead. Most notably when it comes to the kill scenes which are all effectively executed and sufficiently gory.
Another area where this film surprises are the performances from the cast who all deliver enthusiastic performances which enhance the story at hand. Standout performances include, Douglas Gudbye in the role of Germy, a former circus performer who specialty involved knives and Norman Sheridan in the role of Orville Ingleson, a peeping tom who goes to the drive in to get off on watching couples fornicating. Other notable cast members include, Janus Blythe (Eaten Alive, The Hills Have Eyes) as one of victims and co-screenwriter George ‘Buck’ Flower in the role of a machete wielding madman in a warehouse.
Drive-In Massacre comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This new HD transfer was sourced from was sourced from the original camera negative. Colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp, grain looks natural and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mono mix in English and a DTS-HD mono mix in Spanish. Dialog sounds clear and balanced throughout. Range wise though things are rather limited. This is more of a byproduct due to the limitations of the original source. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a reversible cover art, a trailer for the film (2 minutes 49 seconds), three interviews – the first interview is with co-screenwriter / actor John F. Goff titled Drive-In Days (16 minutes 18 seconds), the second interview is titled Norm Sheridan Recalls Drive-In Massacre (11 minutes 45 seconds) and the third interview with director Stu Segall is titled Making the Massacre and an audio commentary with Stu Segall.
Topics discussed in the interview with John F. Goff include, his origins as an actor, how he made the transition from actor to screenwriter, his writing partnership with George ‘Buck’ Flower, the genesis of Drive-In Massacre, Stu Segall, shooting scenes at night, the makeup effects, his thoughts about Drive-In Massacre, The Witch Who Came from the Sea and other films that he worked on.
Topics discussed in the interview with Norm Sheridan include, the cast, his character, onset memories, Stu Segall and what he has been up to since Drive-In Massacre.
Topics discussed in the interview Stu Segall include, his origins as a filmmaker, making the transition from director to producing T.V. series, Drive-In Massacre and working on low budget exploration films.
Topics discussed in the audio commentary include, the cast and the crew and information about them, pseudonyms and the origins of the Godfrey Daniels pseudonym, how Drive-In Massacre was one of four films that he was working on simultaneously, how Drive-In Massacre was shot in four days and his thoughts about the film. Other subjects he touches upon include, the adult film industry and various films that he worked on.
Rounding out the extras is an Easter egg that can be found when accessing the extras menu. This extra is a trailer for CB Hustlers (2 minutes 52 seconds). Overall Drive-In Massacre gets a definitive release from Severin Films, highly recommended.
Note: This film is also being released by Severin Films on DVD.