Stay-at-Home Drive-In Movie Madness!!

After regular movie theaters have suspended operations, many couples and families have rediscovered Drive-In Movie Theaters, where social distancing is a standard feature! My sister is a drive-in movie buff, and so she and her husband love to go to the Blue Fox Drive-In up on Oak Harbor, one of five still running in our state.

Mahoning Drive-in, Leighton Pennsylvania

Sadly, now even drive-ins will need to close for a while in keeping with Washington State’s newly issued Stay Home, Stay Healthy order, but never fear: we have the solution! Kanopy, available with your Seattle Public Library card, has everything you need for a classic Drive In movie night at home  – including some wonderfully schlocky classic drive-in movie fare. First of all, learn about the history of drive-ins and their revival with a pair of documentaries:

  • At the Drive-In: Saving the Mahoning Drive-In Theater. Unable to purchase a $50,000 digital projector, a group of quirky film fanatics in rural Pennsylvania fight to keep a dying drive-in theater alive by screening only vintage 35mm film prints and working entirely for free. An award-winning underdog story.
  • Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie. A product of post World War II optimism, the drive-in movie theater emerged as the perfect blend of entertainment and car culture. In light of the recent resurgence of drive-in theaters, this informative documentary studies the factors that affected the drive-in’s dramatic rise, decline and rebirth.

Then check out Kanopy’s other offerings to create your own double feature. In amongst a wealth of classic art house films and award-winning international cinema, lurk some truly forgettable yet indelible B-movies, redolent of the heyday of drive-in cinema. Note: none of these are family films. I’m talking about movies such as…

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October Takeover: Terrible, Terrible Movies

~posted by Carrie M. 

There are some people who live for a good blockbuster horror film. You know, A-list actors, huge budgets, and tons of high-end special effects, that sort of thing. Sure, those kinds of horror movies are all but guaranteed to give you thrills and chills, but where are the laughs? For a little comedic relief this Halloween season, be sure to check out our list of “terrible” movies starring people you’ve probably never heard of, and budgets that are often less than five figures.

Find The Evil Dead in the SPL catalogNo B-movie list would be complete without mentioning the Evil Dead trilogy and the incomparable Bruce Campbell. The original series follows the protagonist, Ashley J “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell) through the three films. The first film, The Evil Dead introduces us to Campbell’s character and the “Book of the Dead” that he and his friends stumble upon while out in a cabin in the woods. Low budget gore and horror ensue (plus a few unintended laughs), and the viewer is left with a cliff-hanger ending, wondering what happened to lone survivor Ash. Continue reading “October Takeover: Terrible, Terrible Movies”