Genre: Family/Scary
Synopsis: Set in the 50s, a little boy and a mad scientist must battle the monsters that escape from a haunted drive-in movie theatre.
About: Making the rounds in H-wood (that’s “Hollywood” for those not hip to the lingo). Will it be bought? Will it be forgotten? Your comments could be the deciding factor. Who knows what suits are out there reading this blog, trying to decide if they should pull the trigger. Give’em your opinion folks.
Writer: Nick Creature

I’ll be honest. I don’t really know what to do with It Came From The Drive In. The script is a sort of wacky combination of a 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoon and a 50s B-movie. I say that having seen 2 50s B-movies in my life, both of which occurred during episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Which is why I definitely don’t see myself as the person to tell you whether It Came From the Drive In is any good or not.

Here’s a way more interesting question. What the hell ever happened to Drive-Ins? What a cool fucking concept. You grab a girl, drive to a theater that’s OUTSIDE, and then get it on for 2 hours in your car. I mean seriously. People were really looking out for sex-starved teenagers back then. I had to drive to the top level of a deserted parking lot to get my action back in high school. And listen to B96 belt out some corny R&B jam. What the hell’s up with that?

Anyway, what were we talking about again? Oh yeah, this wild and weird script. Hmmm, okay. I’ll sum it up for you. A 10 year old kid with an over-active imagination is obsessed with monsters and vampires and werewolves (heavily influenced by Whedon I suppose: please see Cabin In the Woods review). Soon after a new drive-in multiplex is constructed outside his hometown, strange creatures start appearing in dark places. But are they really creatures? Or are they just Opie’s (yes, his name is Opie) imagination. Opie teams up with the town scientist/outcast to find out what’s causing these monsters to appear, and form a plan to kick some monster ass and save the town.

Look, the script was energetic. It was well-written. But it’s hard to imagine anyone over the age of 10 demanding to see this movie. In fact, I kept asking myself, “Is this live-action or animated?” I still don’t know.

I fully admit this is one of those things that I probably don’t “get”. I mean, if the script to Harry Potter landed on my doorstep before anyone had heard of Harry Potter, I probably would’ve told you it was the biggest piece of garbled nonsense ever committed to paper. Since that franchise has made a couple billion dollars, I think it’s safe to say monsters and witches and werewolves and gobbledygook isn’t within my realm of understanding. You know what is within my realm though? Smurfs. I really like smurfs. Why haven’t they made a smurf movie yet? They’ve paid Hasbro 50 million dollars for the rights to Monopoly but no one cares when Gargamel is getting his close-up. I mean seriously. Where the fuck is Gargamel?

[ ] trash
[x] barely readable
[ ] worth the read
[ ] impressive
[ ] genius

What I learned from It Came From The Drive-In: I don’t usually do this but I’m going to talk about formatting for a second. Creature decided to bold his sluglines. It seems like a harmless choice but I’m telling you right now, it slowed me down. Not considerably. But readers don’t like to be slowed down even a little bit. It was just enough to stunt my natural reading rhythm. Wouldn’t recommend it.

  • http://www.yahoo.com SAM

    the most disturbing experience in my childhood was when I came across a link to smurf porn.

    Not that smurfette wasn’t hot. She was totally hot. It’s just there’s only one of her. And so many many smurfs…

  • Anonymous

    I think in one of the later seasons, a second female smurf was introduced. Smurf Porn is definitely hot- I MEAN DISGUSTING.

  • Ryan (Biohazard)

    There’s a drive-in not far from my house. Pay one price for TWO movies. Usually, one of them sucks, but it’s still an awesome experience.

  • Anonymous

    You’re way off base with your review. This was obviously meant to be kid fan-fare. It was a very entertaining read. Animated or live action doesn’t matter, it worked for me. Would love to see something original like this.

  • Anonymous

    I have seen my fair share of 50’s horror movies, so I consider myself to be someone who can tell you if “It Came From The Drive-In” is good or not. It is good. Apparently I am (at age 33) the intended audience. It was a fast read for me and I enjoyed every page…Bold sluglines and all!

  • Anonymous

    So, I’m confused. Was the script “energetic and well-written”? Or “barely readable”? Because you say both. C’mon, it ain’t amateur hour! I read all these specs too and thought this one was a lot of fun. Read it a couple of days ago, and it’s still growing on me. I’m not sure if it’s live action or 3-D either, but either way thought it was a great throw-back to the kinds of movies they don’t make anymore, but probably should.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and they’re making a Smurfs movie. Think it’s supposed to come out in 2011.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares about Gargamel? Maybe yous should focus on writing the Smurfs screenplay since it is in your realm of understanding. Bring it to the “suits” in “H-Town” babe. Nice slacks by the way.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed the script. I think it would play well to kids (with the monster stuff) and adults (nostalgia for old B-movies or ’80s horror/comedy type stuff). I thought it was fun and exciting, very well written, and I think it could play either live-action or animated. In any case, I think it would make a fun movie.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08439555051697115476 Carson Reeves

    Yikes! Some anger here with this script! Didn’t know it would be this divisive. Good catch on the contradictory analysis. To be clear. I thought the writing was good, but that I didn’t enjoy the script. I think that’s fair to say since it’s what every agent/manager/producer in Hollywood says! haha. I just didn’t get it folks. Doesn’t mean it’s a bad script. One opinion.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08439555051697115476 Carson Reeves

    Oh, and I do love the Smurfs. :)

  • http://www.yahoo.com SAM

    Hi carson, how about a search function? Is that doable with blogspot?

  • Anonymous

    I’d rather see something original like this script than SMURFS. Did you guys see Alvin and the Chipmunks??? I’ll cross my fingers for 3-D drive-in action.

  • Anonymous

    Carson, since you corrected yourself on the contradictory analysis and since you think the writing is good, maybe you should at least bump your review up to “worth a look?” Read the thing based on these comments here and thought it it was pretty fun. They don’t make’em like this anymore.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08439555051697115476 Carson Reeves

    Anonymous, feel free to e-mail me and we can discuss this off the boards. I don’t think it’s fair or honest to change my opinion. However, I agree that my labeling of each script might need a tweak.

  • Anonymous

    I did not care for this script either. I thought the opening was violent and not for the intended demo audience. The plot was convoluted, and my eyes glazed overer. The only good point to this script was the basic concept: drive in theatre as a portal to an underworld of monsters. If I were an exec, I would buy it for the concept alone and rewrite it so it really is a fun, breezy movie like THE MONSTER SQUAD.

  • Anonymous

    JJ Says:

    Man, I LOVE 50s Monster movies! I used to watch them on TV as a kid in the 80s, a time which seems as distant now as the 50s themselves.

    Haven’t read this yet, but I can’t wait. My only concern is that it DOES sound similar to THE MONSTER SQUAD and Stephen King’s IT….But we can never have enough kids vs. monsters. : )

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