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Dead End Drive-In

Released 1986
Distributor New World Pictures

Director Brian Trenchard-Smith takes the notion of the drive-in theater as a haven for nostalgic escapism and turns it on its head, imagining the park as a concentration camp for the dregs of society. A dystopian future fantasy that combines elements of The Wild Angels, Road Warrior and Wild in the Streets, Trenchard-Smith’s ode to the glory days of AIP wears its Australian roots proudly on its sleeve (appropriately, Roger Corman’s New World Pictures distributed the film in the U.S.).

About Brian Trenchard-Smith

Brian Trenchard-Smith has been burning to make genre films ever since seeing Hitchcock’s Vertigo at age 13. So far he has directed 42 Crimes Against Cinema, and counting (He’s an enthusiastic recidivist.) The Fantaspoa International Fantastic Film Festival recently gave him a career achievement award. His cult hits include The Man from Hong Kong, Turkey Shoot, BMX Bandits, Stunt Rock, Dead End Drive In, The Siege of Firebase Gloria. He has also made over 100 trailers ranging from Hammer horrors to Australian films of the 70′s and 80′s. His latest film is Drive Hard, a quirky action comedy with John Cusack and Thomas Jane. He hopes to shoot a Sci-Fi action picture in Tianjing, China later this year. Brian shares a passion for history with his wife Byzantine historian Dr. Margaret Trenchard-Smith. His first novel The Headsman's Daughter is available this summer on Amazon and Kindle.