People of my generation (cue sad lullaby music) often reminisce about our childhood days of going to the Drive-In theaters with our families. Happily, most of us are aware that those delightful outdoor movie palaces still exist in the 21st century even if we often have to travel a fair distance for the experience. One of the occasional topics of conversation among my friends is the dream of a personally selected group of beloved drive-in classics to be a triple feature in the here & now. Of course, none of us own a theater or have been able to talk any of the local theater owners into doing such a thing. But, it would appear that in Pennsylvania there does exist someone capable of pulling off this amazing idea! For the past several years I've taken note of this event in Riverside, PA and wished I lived closer. Much closer! And this year I really wish I lived closer. Check out this press release for the event -
The 13th Annual Drive-In Super Monster-Rama will take place at the Riverside Drive In on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21! It's a weekend of classic Spanish horror from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, including 35mm prints and the NEW 4K restoration of THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE, courtesy of Synapse Films. Friday night's titles are: FRANKENSTEIN'S BLOODY TERROR, COUNT DRACULA'S GREAT LOVE, VAMPIRES NIGHT ORGY and THE DRACULA SAGA. Saturday's titles are THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE (aka DON'T OPEN THE WINDOW, LET SLEEPING CORPSES LIE), NIGHT OF THE SEAGULLS, THE CRAVING (aka NIGHT OF THE WEREWOLF and GRAVEYARD OF HORROR.
Now - leaving aside the fact that putting GRAVEYARD OF HORROR at the end of the night means that everyone will be asleep in their cars before the final credits roll, this is one incredible lineup! In fact, it is dangerously close to one of my dream lineups for a fantasy weekend of classic Spanish Horror on the big screen. Three Paul Naschy films with bonus Klimovsky horror and one Blind Dead movie plus the best European zombie film of all time! What a lineup - minus GRAVEYARD OF HORROR of course, but that's obvious! I'm not sure how the folks that organize this yearly weekend of joy were able to pull together such a fantastic set of great movies from the Golden Age of Spanish Horror but they are to be praised. What a weekend! If you live anywhere in the area I recommend going. And if you want to experience these amazing movies on the big screen makes your travel plans now. Who knows when such an opportunity will present itself again? Just be careful with the drive-in food - too much will make you drowsy. Don't want to miss the show!