Top 10 All Time Best Drive In Movies You Should Have Seen By 2021
Tobe Hooper produced and directed The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a 1974 American slasher film based on a plot and screenplay by Hooper and Kim Henkel. Sally Hardesty, Franklin Hardesty, the hitchhiker, the owner, and Leatherface are played by Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, and Gunnar Hansen, respectively. The story follows a group of friends who are on their way to see an ancient farmhouse when they are attacked by a family of cannibals. Although the persona of Leatherface and some narrative elements were inspired by killer Ed Gein's actions, the film's premise is mostly fictitious.
Hooper made the picture for less than $140,000 ($700,000 adjusted for inflation) and hired a cast of mostly unknown performers from rural Texas, where it was filmed. Due to the low budget, Hooper was obliged to shoot for long hours seven days a week in order to complete the project as soon as possible and save money on equipment rental.
Hooper struggled to find a distributor for the picture because of its violent nature, but it was ultimately purchased by Louis Perano of Bryanston Distributing Company. Hooper tried to keep the amount of onscreen gore to a minimum in order to get a PG rating, but the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) gave it a R classification. Internationally, the film had similar problems.
In reaction to concerns about the film's brutality, the Texas ChainSaw Massacre was banned in many countries, and many cinemas ceased screening it. While it received a mixed response from critics at the time, it was a huge financial success, earning over $30 million at the domestic box office, which is approximately $150.8 million in today's money, and selling over 16.5 million tickets in 1974.
It is now widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential horror films of all time. It is credited for popularizing many aspects of the slasher genre, such as the use of power tools as murder weapons, the portrayal of the murderer as a huge, hulking, faceless monster, and the execution of victims. It spawned a series that included sequels, prequels, a remake, comic books, and video games, all of which continued the narrative of Leatherface and his family.
Beach Blanket Bingo is a beach party film directed by William Asher and released by American International Pictures in 1965. It's the fifth installment in the Beach Party film franchise.
Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Linda Evans, Deborah Walley, Paul Lynde, and Don Rickles appear in the picture. Earl Wilson and Buster Keaton make cameo appearances. Jackie Ward dubbed Evans's singing voice.
George A. Romero wrote, directed, shot, and edited Night of the Living Dead, a 1968 American independent horror film starring Duane Jones and Judith O'Dea, and co-written by John Russo. Seven people are trapped in a remote farmhouse in western Pennsylvania, which is being attacked by a growing gang of cannibalistic zombie ghouls.
Romero and his pals, Russo and Russell Streiner, decided to create a feature film after gaining experience directing television commercials and industrial videos for their Pittsburgh-based production business, The Latent Image. They established Image Ten with Karl Hardman and Marilyn Eastman of Hardman Associates in order to produce a horror picture that would capitalize on current economic interest in the genre.
Russo and Romero's final screenplay, which evolved through several versions, was heavily influenced by Richard Matheson's 1954 book I Am Legend. Apart from the Image Ten team, the cast and crew consisted of their friends and family, local theatrical and amateur performers, and local people. The principal shooting took place between June and December 1967, mainly on site in Evans City. Despite the fact that this was Romero's directorial debut, he used many of the guerilla filming methods he had perfected in his commercial and industrial work to finish the picture on a budget of just $114,000 dollars.
Night of the Living Dead earned a total of US $12 million domestically and US $18 million worldwide after its theater debut in Pittsburgh on October 1, 1968, earning more than 250 times its budget and becoming one of the most successful cinema projects ever produced at the time. The film, which was released shortly before the adoption of the Motion Picture Association of America rating system, sparked widespread controversy and negative reviews upon its initial release due to its explicit violence and gore, but it quickly gained a cult following and critical acclaim, and has appeared on lists of the greatest films ever made by outlets such as Empire, The New York Times, and Tota.
Retrospective academic study has focused on how the film reflects social and cultural developments in the United States throughout the 1960s, with special emphasis paid to the casting of Jones, an African-American, in the main character. The Library of Congress designated the picture as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" in 1999, and it was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Night of the Living Dead created a series that included five official sequels directed by Romero and published between 1978 and 2009. It has inspired numerous remakes and sequels as a consequence of its public domain status. In 1990, George Romero commissioned an official remake, which was written by Romero and directed by Tom Savini and had a tiny cult following. Due to its public domain status, the original film was reused in a number of subsequent films.
Walking Tall is a semi biographical action film starring Joe Don Baker as Sheriff Buford Pusser, a professional wrestler-turned-lawman in McNairy County, Tennessee.
Phil Karlson was the director of the picture. Based on Pusser's life, the film has become a cult classic with two direct sequels, a TV movie, a short TV series, and a remake with two sequels of its own.
Burt Reynolds, Sally Field, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Pat McCormick, Paul Williams, and Mike Henry appear in Smokey and the Bandit, a 1977 American road action comedy film. The film depicts Bo "Bandit" Darville (Reynolds) and Cledus "Snowman" Snow (Reed), two bootleggers trying to illegally smuggle 400 cases of Coors beer from Texarkana to Atlanta in the directorial debut of stuntman Hal Needham.
While the Snowman drives the beer-carrying truck, the Bandit drives a Pontiac Trans Am to divert law enforcement's attention away from the Snowman (a technique known as blocking). They are followed by Texas county sheriff Buford T. Justice while on the run (Gleason).
Smokey and the Bandit was the second highest-grossing domestic picture of 1977, earning $126 million on a $4.3 million budget (only Star Wars grossed $775.5 million that year). After meeting on set, Sally Field and Burt Reynolds started dating.
The 1974 Canadian slasher film Black Christmas (originally titled Silent Night, Evil Night in the United States) was produced and directed by Bob Clark, and written by A. Roy Moore. Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman, Lynne Griffin, and John Saxon are among the cast members. During the Christmas season, a group of sorority sisters get threatening phone calls and are ultimately pursued and killed by a crazed murderer.
Moore created the screenplay Stop Me, which was inspired by the urban legend "The babysitter and the guy above" and a sequence of killings that occurred in the Westmount neighborhood of Montreal, Quebec. The screenplay was changed significantly by the filmmakers, most notably the move to a collegiate environment with young adult protagonists. It was filmed in Toronto in 1974 on a budget of $620,000 and released in North America by Warner Bros.
Black Christmas got mixed reviews upon its first release, but it has since been re-evaluated by critics, with cinema historians citing it as one of the first slasher films. It's also known for influencing John Carpenter's Halloween (1978). A novelization by Lee Hays was released in 1976, in addition to the film's cult following since its premiere. The film is the first of the Black Christmas franchise, which has since spawned two remakes in 2006 and 2019. The picture has subsequently gained retrospective acclaim and is widely considered as one of the best horror films of all time.
Robert Clouse directed the martial arts action film Enter the Dragon (Chinese) in 1973. Since its debut in 1973, Enter The Dragon has held the title as the most successful martial arts film ever produced. Bruce Lee, John Saxon, and Jim Kelly appear in the picture. Lee's last full film appearance was on July 20, 1973, when he died at the age of 32. It debuted in Los Angeles on August 19, 1973, one month after Lee's death, as a joint American-Hong Kong production.
On a budget of $850,000, the picture earned an estimated US$350 million worldwide (equal to more than $1 billion adjusted for inflation). It is one of the most lucrative films of all time, as well as the most profitable martial arts film, having made over 400 times its budget.
Enter the Dragon is generally considered as one of the all-time best martial arts flicks. The Library of Congress chose it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 2004 as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important." It was one of the first films to mix martial arts action with espionage film themes and the burgeoning blaxploitation genre, and its popularity prompted a succession of similar movies.
Its topics sparked academic discussion regarding the changes that occurred in post-colonial Asian countries after World War II ended. Enter the Dragon is also regarded as one of the most influential action films of all time, with its Popularity helping to popularize martial arts across the globe and spawning a slew of fictional works, including action films, TV programs, fighting games, comic books, manga, and anime.
Lau Kar-leung directed the Shaw Brothers kung fu film Mad Monkey Kung Fu in 1979. Dragon Dynasty later released the film on DVD.
In addition to directing Mad Monkey Kung Fu, Lau Kar-Leung (also known as Liu Chia-liang) makes his acting debut as a lead character who is crippled by the villain in a devious plot that defames the martial arts master. The character later goes on to teach a young vagrant his unique monkey style kung-fu, and the vagrant then avenges his shame.
Mad Monkey Kung Fu is regarded as one of Lau Kar-numerous Leung's martial arts classics, acclaimed for its complex narrative and streamlined presentation of both story and martial arts.
Animal House, directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller, is a 1978 American comedy film directed by John Landis and written by Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney, and Chris Miller. John Belushi, Peter Riegert, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce, Stephen Furst, and Donald Sutherland are among the cast members. The story revolves around a trouble-making fraternity whose members question the dean of the fictitious Faber College.
Matty Simmons of National Lampoon and Ivan Reitman of Universal Pictures produced the picture. It was inspired by Miller's tales that appeared in "National Lampoon." Ramis' experience in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis, Miller's Alpha Delta Phi experiences at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and producer Reitman's at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario inspired the tales.
Only the 28-year-old Belushi, who rose to prominence as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live, which was in its third season in fall 1977, was an established celebrity among the younger main performers, but he had yet to appear in a picture. Several of the performers hired as college students, such as Hulce, Karen Allen, and Kevin Bacon, were just starting out in the industry. Matheson, who was also cast as a student, was a seasoned actor with over 10 years of film experience.
From October through December 1977, filming was conducted in Oregon. Animal House got largely mixed reviews after its original release on July 28, 1978, although Time and Roger Ebert named it one of the finest films of the year. It was made for just $3 million and grossed more than $141 million in theatrical and home video rentals, not counting merchandise, making it the highest-grossing comedy picture of the time.
The film, along with Landis' 1977 feature The Kentucky Fried Movie, was primarily responsible for establishing and popularizing the gross-out film genre, which has since become a Hollywood mainstay. Animal House was judged "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" by the United States Library of Congress in 2001, and it was chosen for preservation in the National Film Registry. On Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies," it ranked first. On AFI's "100 Years... 100 Laughs" list of the 100 greatest American comedies, it was ranked No. 36. It was ranked No. 279 on Empire magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time" in 2008.
Beverly Sebastian and Ferd Sebastian wrote, produced, and directed the 1974 picture 'Gator Bait (UK title: Swamp Bait). Claudia Jennings, the former Playboy "Playmate of the Year," is featured in the film. The sequel, "Gator Bait II: Cajun Justice," was released shortly after.
The story follows Desiree Thibodeau, a barefoot poacher who lives deep in the swamps. When Ben Bracken and Deputy Billy Boy discover Desiree catching alligators, they pursue her in the hopes of extorting sexual favors. Desiree deceives the two gentlemen.
During the pursuit, however, Billy Boy shoots Ben by mistake. Desiree was the shooter, Billy Boy tells his father, Sheriff Joe Bob Thomas. Sheriff Thomas and his son join a search team in pursuit of Desiree, and they assault her family. Desiree exacts her vengeance on the assailants.