->''"There's a party every day, a movie every night, and all the junk food you can eat. What more can a kid want... except to get out."''

''Dead End Drive-In'' is a 1986 Australian [[BMovie B]] action/sci-fi film directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith (who also did ''Film/BMXBandits'', ''Film/Leprechaun4InSpace'', ''The Man From Hong Kong'' and ''Film/TurkeyShoot'').

It is TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture and Australia has stagnated to a state roughly akin to that in the first ''Film/MadMax'' movie, with dingy slums covered in graffiti and gangs of marauding "car boys" scraping by via stealing car parts. Crabs (Ned Manning) is a teenager who is an avid jogger. He convinces his older brother Frank to lend him his '56 Chevy for a date with his girlfriend Carmen (Natalie [=McCurry=]). The two go to a DriveInTheater where they're playing Brian Trenchard-Smith's own other movies, and start to make out... only for the car's wheels to get stolen. The theater's attendant refuses to do anything until morning, so the two are forced to stay at the drive-in overnight. Come said morning, Crabs finds the place alive and resembling a ghetto. He goes to the attendant, only to be informed that he, Carmen and 190 more of society's teen delinquents are to be imprisoned at the drive-in by the government until further notice. Whereas all the other kids, including Carmen herself, seem all too content to remain at the drive-in forever placated by the limitless supply of junk food and violent movies, Crabs ain't, and he starts scheming to escape...


* EightiesHair
* AffablyEvil: The theater attendant.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Crabs manages to escape the prison, but the outside world is still a hellhole, and possibly getting worse]].
* TheApunkalypse: Starting to take hold, but the drive-in prison camps are intended to avert this.
* BMovie
* BreadAndCircuses: Disillusioned, antisocial youth are kept off the streets and pacified with a daily regime of snack food and movies.
* CarFu
* CrapsackWorld: A worldwide economic crisis has turned Australia into a fascist regime. The rest of the world is probably similar.
** Not to mention all the roving gangs looking to rob you. Police state or anarchy, take your pick.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The prisoners' arguments for opposing the arrival of new Asian prisoners can just as easily pass for any real world ultra-right wing anti-immigration speech.
* DriveInTheater: Obviously.
* {{Dystopia}}: Even if most of the prisoners liked their GildedCage, it doesn't change the fact that the government is locking up teens and young adults without a trial, indefinitely.
* GildedCage: Most of the prisoners prefer life at the drive-in, which provides food and entertainment, as opposed to life outside.
* GreatEscape: Crabs repeatedly plans to escape the drive-in, and is frustrated that his fellow prisoners, including his girlfriend, have no interest in joining or helping him.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: Australia is starting to become a ScavengerWorld with both tow truck drivers and gangs fighting over car parts, but the police and government still appear to function.
* POWCamp: The drive-in functions as an internment camp.
* PunchClockVillain: Thompson the theater manager is just doing his job and doesn't seem to have any malice toward the prisoners.
* TheQuincyPunk
* ScavengerWorld: The world has just started to become this.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/TurkeyShoot''. Both are futuristic prison films from the same director.
* ThoseWackyNazis: The gang in the drive-in are Neo-Nazis and recruit other prisoners to join them.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The film takes place in 1991.