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A generation or two ago, Texas was known for its sprawling drive in cinemas and zany monster flicks playing out over the cool summer air In his 1988 cult classic, Joe Lansdale taps into this nostalgia, turning a lightsome night out at the theater into a grungy galleria of claustrophobic terror What begins with frights and screams beaming from the sparkling screens ends with panic stricken mobs dancing to the tune of the B movie gods Jack and his three friends dash off to the movies, then become part of one themselves an insidious twist ensued by barrels of laughs, irreverence and a vomitorium of blood encrusted popcorn.A two shot pulse of comedy and horror, The Drive In is a goretastic romp through B movie stardom Four teenage friends and the moviegoing locals are ejected into the front row of their very own apocalypse Basic camaraderie is among the first to go as normalcy takes a back seat to survival Engulfed on all sides by an ink like substance that promises sure death, the crowd is barred from leaving the drive in They have for food and drink whatever remains of the concession supply, and only the looping movies and each other for company The forces interacting from the outside manifest themselves in mysterious ways, slowly but surely driving the trapped masses to bedlam The face of humanity slips away as if being sucked into the murk beyond, unmasking an anarchic depravity unseen this side of hell.Lansdale paints a vivid world wrapped in a narrative economy that allows for just the right mix of action and character progression In Stephen King s hands, this might have ballooned to 350 pages, but Lansdale s tight writing forbids any eyes from glazing over Keeping the chaos front and center puts the reader permanently on edge, while the author s extraterrestrial imagination makes for an unpredictable tale Around every corner lies a gruesome conflagration or another fantastic one liner, oftentimes both.The characters are witty, but not as witty as Lansdale, who reserves the maximal comedic payout for himself His deadpan descriptions always hit home and blend seamlessly into the unfolding horror An early scene places the characters in a bar, and a dustup with a patron is foreshadowed thusly His name was Bear and you didn t ponder why he was called that He was six five, ugly as disease, had red brown hair and a beard that mercifully consumed most of his face All that was clearly visible were some nasty blue eyes and a snout that was garage to some troublesome nose hairs thick enough to use for piano wireWhat could be seen of his lips reminded me of those rubber worms fishermen use, and I wouldn t have been surprised to see shiny silver hooks poking out of them, or to discover that the whole of Bear had been made from decaying meat, wire and the contents of a tackle box and a Crisco can. pp 10 11 The vibrant interplay between humor and horror is mostly successful, even if many of the sequences are about as over the top as it gets Cannibalism Check Crucifixions Check Sacrilege Check One scene features a group of Christian evangelists using their faith as a cover for their cannibalistic jonesing, a swivel rightly qualifying as the nadir of religious experiences The squeamish and easily offended might look for their fiction fix elsewhere, though the violence is never handled too seriously There also seems to be a whole social satire subtext in which the main character spends ample time existentializing amid the bouts of receding humanity arrayed before him The rollicking lunacy of it all only adds to the absurdity of deep cogitation on things philosophical Nevertheless, what the narrative seems to be getting at is that for all our pretensions to civility and higher consciousness, the only thing keeping us from reverting to the behaviors of the wild is the distance from our last meal The collapse of society is only a hunger pang away.But don t waste your time trying to find morals or life lessons embedded here The Drive In A B Movie with Blood and Popcorn, Made in Texas is raunchy rowdy fun and a perfect alternative to a night at the movies It s graphic and gritty in all the right ways and serves as a dark warning to humans everywhere Grow too peaceable, and the gods get bored.The Drive In 2The sequel, fittingly titled The Drive In 2 Not Just One of Them Sequels and released a year later in 1989, unfortunately does not live up to its predecessor Here Lansdale spends much of the time recounting the events of the first novel through the perspective of other characters These backstories are rambling affairs which drag on entirely too long and pale in comparison to the raw immediacy of the original.Nor do the new characters and villains do justice to the unique cast crafted in book one Grace is less dimensional than the teenage wet dream to which she clearly owes her origins, while Popalong Cassidy is a catch all antihero conceived on LSD and put to print on ritalin And contrary to the book s cover, dinosaurs do not number among the hazards in this phantasmal caper I wouldn t be surprised if Lansdale edited out the reptilian bits after it was too late to change the cover art Moreover, the writing isn t nearly as solid, the narrative as focused, the sequences as memorably scripted or the comedy as chuckle inducing Whereas the first book s laughs and vulgarity were well placed and right on pitch, the raunchiness of the sequel is spread like chipped paint, awash in overspent shock value and bargain bin cliches Lansdale either ran out of steam on this one or all but phoned it in The tension just isn t there, and the ride isn t as fun.The idea of society as cinema felt fresh and thrilling in Lansdale s first outing but fails to breathe enough new life in the second take to keep me coming back for While it s even higher on the wonkiness scale than The Drive In 1, the sequel s disordered pastiche of influences and repetitive nature ultimately terminate in forgettable schlock like a B movie you really didn t need to see.Postscript Since this edition is a double feature , the rating above is an average of the original 4 stars and the sequel 2 stars.Note This review is republished from my official website and is also mirrored on. 3.5This was a lot of fun and had me cracking up I actually liked Part Two better than Part One. L argomento pu sembrare banale, ma con lo scorrere della lettura diventa sempre pi interessante e con qualcosa sotto di maledettamente ossessionante inquietante.Alcune descrizioni, che fa Lansdale, sono da veri film splatter di serie B, in certi frangenti fa venire i conati dalla minuziosa particolarit delle descrizioni Il mondo fantascientifico che crea lo scrittore rasenta la pazzia pi estrema.Un libro da leggere assolutamente per i cultori del genere e non.Buona lettura 3.0 stars This review is only for the first half of this double feature as I have not yet read Drive In II I will update the review when I finish the second book.This book The Drive In was a lot of fun It is the literary equivalent of a cheesy, midnight horror flick but with much better dialogue and humor The narrator s voice had just the right tone and automatic acceptance of whatever bizarro event were occurring around him to carry this book through Nominee Locus Award for Best Horror Dark Fantasy NovelNominee Bram Stoker Award for Best NovelNominee World Fantasy Award for Best Novel L ho finito di leggere giusto per non lasciarlo incompleto Obbrobrio adatto solo a coloro che hanno l anima di un tredicenne edgy con la fissa per le frasi ad effetto. What was the highest mountain in a general sense, not the tallest one from the ocean floor, etc in the world before M Everest Mt Everest, we just didn t know it And just like that, this book is a prime example of bizarro genre, though written years before bizarro genre became a thing And curiously not that enjoyable Weird thing is, Lansdale is very talented, he can write and well, he s got a sense of humor and he can plot a story and move it along and because of all that, Drive In books seem to be a waste of his talent and the reader s time They are just too unpleasant and odd and overdone to constitute a good read While one might make a valid argument of the general bizarreness to be the point of the book, I believe that any book, regardless of genre, should be enjoyable to read and this one, with all its cheap thrills and blood and gore, just wasn t Also, however humorously, it does manage to reinforce every negative sterotype about the state of Texas and its residents Dirty south has never been dirtier Some seriously disturbing imagery, quick read, since there isn t much to pay attention to. What I learned from this book The book I chose to learn from is THE DRIVE IN by Joe R Lansdale I learned a lot from this book It was very good The first thing I learned is not to go to the drive in without weapons and your friends that you can really trust At the drive in they show movies called horror movies They are called horror movies because there are a lot of killings in them, and if you watch too many of horror movies you will want to kill too The second thing I learned is that if you eat too much concession stand food at the drive in, you will only be able to eat that food forever, and then you might become a slave to the Popcorn King The Popcorn King is when your friends eat too much popcorn and one friend decides to go on another friends back When they become like one big person, they will look like the Popcorn King and he will give anyone who begs popcorn This can be bad because popcorn is not very good for you It will make you unhealthy if it is all you eat Also you should learn to make jerky so that when all there is left to eat is popcorn, yoo still have something besides popcorn That will keep you healthy and away from the Popcorn King, who is a bad guy So I would tell all my friends to read The DRIVE IN At first it is real scary, but if you read my report and learn from what I say, then you will survive. 3.5 Stars for Part One It started off good, and became completely weird Like a really good Twilight Zone episode.2 2.5 Stars for Part Two This one was just okay for me, and I was glad when it was over Twilight Zone gone overboard Get on with it already Edit Total overall, probably 3 solid stars. {READ E-PUB} ë The Drive-In: A Double-Feature Omnibus ⚩ Dove Sono Le Stelle Perch Chi Si Avvicina Ai Confini Del Drive In Muore Orribilmente E Chi Pu Avere Interesse A Tenere In Ostaggio Una Folla Istupidita, Imbarbarita, Inferocita, Costretta Oltretutto A Vedere Ininterrottamente La Notte Dei Morti Viventi E La Paura Dilaga, Anche Al Di Qua Degli Schermi Giganti Su Cui Scorrono Le Immagini Mentre In Un Primo Momento A Coloro Che Tentavano La Fuga Dal Drive In Era Riservata Una Fine Orrenda, Ora Le Cose Sembrano Andare Diversamente Pare Ci Sia Qualche Temerario Che Possa Varcare La Soglia Impenetrabile Oltre La Quale Si Vede Solo Il Buio Assoluto Mi piaciuto molto, horror, follia e splatter come in un film di serie B cit , il finale mi ha lasciata un po perplessa, ma effettivamente dopo tutto ci che accade non si poteva tornare alla normalit.