Drive-In Classics Collection [4 Discs] [DVD]

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Special Features

  • Two Thousand Maniacs!
  • Audio Commentary by Director Herschell Gordon Lewis and Producer David F. Friedman
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Rare Outtakes
  • Stills and Gallery of Exploitation Art
  • Speed Lovers/Thunder In Dixie
  • Original Theatrical Trailer for Speed Lovers!
  • TV Spots for Thunder In Dixie!
  • Bonus Tire Screeching Trailers for: Racers from Hell, Red Hot Wheels, Road of Death, Road Racers, Road Rebels and The Young Racers!
  • School kids are Harassed by a Scary Red Auto with Eyes and a Mouth who spouts Safety Tips at them in Classroom Safety Short #1: The Talking Car!
  • Learn to Drive Defensively with the Widescreen [!]"Drivavision" Traffic Safety Short #2: Split-Second Decisions!
  • Three Sex Kittens cope with an Uncooperative Convertible in Glamour Girl Short #3: Hot Rod Girls!
  • Gallery of Drive-In Exploitation Art with Audio Oddities!
  • Swamp Trailers for The Alligator People, Attack of the Giant Leeches, Crypt of Dark Secrets, Okefenokee, Scum of the Earth, Sting of Death, and Swamp Girl!
  • Plus: Swampy Short Subject: Swamp Buggy Race!
  • Also: Young boys are used as Gator Bait by the Swamp Folks of the Okefenokee in the Bonus Featurette: Swamp Virgin!
  • Gallery of Amazing Trash-O-Rama Exploitation Art with Radio-Spot Rarities!


Two Thousand Maniacs!
Drive-in gore king Herschell Gordon Lewis reached a creative peak with this darkly comic slaughterfest about six vacationing Yanks who fall victim to the cheerfully violent Southern hospitality of Pleasant Valley. Made the guests of honor in the town's centennial celebration, the hapless visitors soon discover that the obligations of their title include being used for the locals' bloody amusements -- which include being rolled downhill in a barrel full of sharp spikes and strapped down beneath a boulder for a hideous variation on the dunking booth -- and eventually ending up on the spit for the evening's barbecue. It turns out the bloodthirsty rednecks have come back from the dead after 100 years to exact symbolic revenge for the slaughter of the entire town by the Union Army. Filming on a shoestring in St. Cloud, FL, Lewis even contributed his talents to some of the songs (credited to the Pleasant Valley Boys), including "Rebel Yell" (not to be confused with the Billy Idol tune) and a rousing rendition of "Rollin' in My Sweet Baby's Arms," which accompanies a shot of a severed arm rotating on a barbecue spit. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Speed Lovers
Among the Speed Lovers in this modestly budgeted "regional" is real-life stock car racer Fred Lorenzen. William McGaha, the son of a mechanic, idolizes Lorenzen and dreams of the day that he, too, will excell on the race track. He gets his chance during a major stock-car competition in Atlanta. Most of the climactic scenes are culled from color news footage of actual racing events. In addition to starring in Speed Lovers, William McGaha also produced, directed and cowrote the film. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Thunder in Dixie
Race car driver Ticker Welsh is convinced that the senseless death of his fiancee was caused by an irresponsible colleague, Mickey Arnold. Wanting to get even, he enters Atlanta's Dixie 400 stock-car race. Former NASCAR champion Richard Petty makes a cameo. The race scenes were films at the Atlanta International Raceway. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Year of the Yahoo
The final installment in cult filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis' loosely knit hillbilly trilogy (Moonshine Mountain and This Stuff'll Kill Ya! are the other two) stars country & western singer Claude King as (of all things) a country & western singer. Some stereotypical scuzzballs from Washington con him into running for senator, but find that Southerners are not so easily fooled. Although it's typically vulgar Lewis fare, it makes an interesting comparison with the same year's The Candidate and the 1992 satire Bob Roberts, both of which bear more than a passing similarity to this one. Lewis regulars Ray Sager, Jeffrey Allen, and Dan Krogh are also on hand. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

Swamp Girl
This Stuff'll Kill Ya!
A renegade backwoods reverend practices what he preaches and gets into all sorts of trouble with the FBI and some of his more upstanding parishioners in this lurid crime drama that was originally made to be shown on the Southern drive-in exploitation film circuit. The preacher's problems begin when he continues to expound the glories of moonshine and fast women on his pulpit. It is the former (the preacher makes illegal corn squeezin's on the side) that gets him into trouble. The story's mandatory violence and bloodshed comes in when one of the rev's most ardent supporters begins to graphically slaughter those who oppose him. Unfortunately, this is not the sort of support the minister wants and in the end, he and his psycho fan get into a bloody final conflict. This film is the swan song of heretofore distinguished actor Tim Holt. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Swamp Country
A former Great White Hunter finds himself accused of murdering a gangster's moll. He flees into the Okefenokee swamp in a panic with the sheriff in hot pursuit. The lawman has even more trouble on his hands when his daughter begins helping the fugitive. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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