After Canada we crossed back into New York and made our way towards
the Adirondacks. Along route, we passed an operating Drive-In theatre.
We were both cursing it being the middle of the day and our dumb
unfortunate luck that we wouldn't be around to stop and see a movie
that evening. They were playing Final Destination 5 and Fright Night.
Neither would have been my first picks, but fuck that...IT'S A DRIVE
IN. But it didn't matter, because we couldn't go.
We started driving and it was getting later and later. We found a
campsite and it turned out we were only about 30 minutes down the road
from the Drive-In. You may be confused at this point. How could we
whining about seeing the Drive In and not going early in the afternoon
and then be camped out 30 minutes down the road? All I can tell you
is, there was a LOT of around your elbow to get to your ass driving
that day. I'm only glad we stopped when we did.
I went online and found out showtimes for the Drive In and it was
settled that after dinner we would go. I don't remember what we did
for dinner that night. I do remember that we put on our PJs and made
sure Ozzy stayed awake so he would be good and tired and sleep on the
drive there (so hopefully he would sleep through the movie).
We decided to miss the first feature, Final Destination 5. I haven't
seen any of those movies and I don't understand how you can have a
title that has the word "Final" and is number 5 in the series. I
wasn't over the moon about seeing a re-make of my beloved Fright Night
either, but it's the lesser of two evils. Either way, I thought it was
fucking cool to see a horror movie at the drive in. That just felt
We pulled up within minute of the film starting. The girl at the booth
was about to shut for the night, so we barely made it. Unfortunately
we missed the concessions. BOO. We were really excited about popcorn,
nachos and soda. We had a tiny dinner to make room for all the junk
food we would now not be having. It didn't kill the mood tho. WE WERE
AT THE MOTHERFUCKING DRIVE IN.
We found a place to park, adjusted the seats and started the movie.
You didn't have to open your window and adjust a speaker into the car.
They told you what station to tune your radio to and you were able to
listen to the film that way. It was awesome. Ozzy slept through the
first half of the film and woke up around the second half. What's
great is that we were able to enjoy a film and not "disturb" those
around us. I was able to put Oz in the front seat with me and nurse
him back to sleep, where he stayed until the credits rolled.
And my film nerd self can't help but take a minute to reflect on the
film itself so here goes:
Of course it was no where near as good as the original. Re-makes
rarely, if ever, are. A really great cast did the best they could with
some pretty crap material. Colin Farrell was gorgeous, but had zero
charisma. I'm going to put this down to him using a bad American
accent and not being all sexy-brooding in his natural Irish accent. An
Irish vampire would have been sexy (something that I always felt was
lacking in the original. Chris Sarandon is a great villain, but he is
never sexy. Or maybe it's an 80's thing I don't get. Because I don't
think Michael Douglas is sexy either and his ass was always naked
during the 80's.). David Tenant was sorely underused, but hilarious.
It wasn't until I was listening to BBC Radio 4's Mayo/Kermode podcast
when it was pointed out that Tenant is doing a Russell Brand
impression, that the light bulb went off. Fucking brilliant and
The film is pretty clunky and uninspired. I was disappointed with
Sarandon's cameo as a motorist who gets bit. I think it would have
been cooler if he and Farrell had passed a knowing look in the dance
club scene. The 3-D sequences were pointless.
So while it sounds like I didn't like the movie, I had an awesome
time. Being at a Drive In made a bad movie completely worth it, and I
enjoyed it 1000x more than if I had seen it in a cinema or on dvd.
It was so refreshing for us to be seeing a movie. In our pre-baby
days we went to the movies almost every single week without fail. We
had thought about trying to take turns seeing movies while on the
road. Or going to an early showing during the week, when the cinema
would be all but empty. We haven't had a chance to do that yet. But
our eyes are always peeled for another Drive In.