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Just when they thought it was safe to leave the drive-in, the survivors of the Orbit's weekly All-Night Horror Show discover that their old world has been reduced to a single cracked highway, surrounded on all sides by a prehistoric jungle filled with man-eating dinosaurs. For a while, Jack and his friends are content to make the best of life in the Stone Age -- until theyJust when they thought it was safe to leave the drive-in, the survivors of the Orbit's weekly All-Night Horror Show discover that their old world has been reduced to a single cracked highway, surrounded on all sides by a prehistoric jungle filled with man-eating dinosaurs. For a while, Jack and his friends are content to make the best of life in the Stone Age -- until they meet a sexy martial arts expert from Nacogdoches Texas, named Grace who wants to find out what's at the end of the road.Now things really get weird as they encounter a town where public suicide is encouraged, a forest of old movie posters, movie mags, and carnivorous film, and Popalong Cassidy -- a man-monster cowboy with a television head and a taste for human munchies -- whose church of film and pain is presided over by the alien drive-in gods: the Producer and the Great Director.Even more outrageous than the horrifying original, The Drive In 2 is a delightfully down-and-dirty romp through the dark backcountry of our own imagination: the kind of stuff that nightmares -- and B movies -- are made of. It truly is not just another one of them sequels....

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The Drive-in 2 Reviews

  • Kemper
    2019-01-24 22:19

    You gotta admire Joe Lansdale’s gumption. If you write one short crazy-ass horror novel about an entire Texas drive-in filled with people being trapped in the limbo of an endless night that devolves into a frenzy of violence and cannibalism that pales in comparison to the horrors unleashed in it by the supernatural Popcorn King, then most writers might put their pencils down and not try to follow it up. So how do you top that madness? Easy. Add in some dinosaurs!Three survivors of the first story leave the ruins of the drive-in only to find that the highway now leads through a prehistoric wilderness complete with the occasional T. Rex sighting. After some traveling and recuperating they eventually run across a woman named Grace who also lived through the terror of the never ending movie marathon but met something even worse afterwards in the guise of a deranged guy whose head has been turned into a television and calls himself Popalong Cassiday.* * It'd been a long while since I read this, and I'd completely forgotten about Popalong Cassiday. Now I'm wondering if Brian K. Vaughan might have drawn inspiration from this for his robots with televisions for heads in Saga.Grace is determined to return to the drive-in and stop him, and the guys agree because one of them has the hots for her and real friends don’t let a buddy go alone to confront a psychopathic guy with a TV for a head while trapped in an episode of Land of the Lost. I’m pretty sure that’s in the Guy Code somewhere, or if it’s not, it should be. Anyhow, hilarity ensues.Like the first Drive-In this bizarre set-up sounds like it might be something meant to be comedy-horror, and there are some good laughs since Lansdale can create dialogue and descriptions to make the most awful of people, events, and circumstances funny. However, despite the goofy premises both books have a seriously dark streak of nihilism and misanthropy. The ending is a bit anti-climatic by design with Lansdale deliberately trying to stand a lot of the tropes of TV and movies on their heads. There’s a real anger and ugliness lurking just below the surface of these books, and that makes them interesting.However, I liked this one slightly less than the first one because there the story begins with the normality of a bunch of people going to the movies and then descends into chaos. Here, the story starts off as crazy town banana pants, and then tries to take that up a notch. Once you’ve shown that people are shit who will cheerfully shed the thin veneer of civilization in the midst of a bizarro meat grinder then it’s really hard to make that any worse although Lansdale gives it a mighty effort.It’s still a short and disturbing horror novel that will make you laugh at inappropriate times, and I’m curious to get to the third book to see how it gets wrapped up.

  • Dan Schwent
    2019-01-22 14:13

    Jack, Bob, and Crier leave the Orbit Drive-In behind for the open road, encountering dinosaurs, slithering strips of film, and a martial artist named Grace. Will they find the end of the road before Popalong Cassidy finds them?As you might be able to tell from the synopsis, the second Drive-In book is stranger than a fever dream. While in recovery from their crucifixion, Bob and Jack, with Crier, venture out into the wasteland the Earth became while they were trapped in The Orbit. A woman named Grace shows up and suddenly Jack decides they're heroes. As a man who has gone titty-blind (as Lansdale calls it) on occasion, it wasn't hard to relate to the guys in this one.As with the last book, I read this book shortly after the dawn of time so I remembered very little about it. Much like the first book, it's a fun book full of gore, cursing, cannibals, and funny dialogue. The Lansdale wit, while still in its adolescence, was present in droves.It's a pretty slim tale but a lot of interesting and often times hilarious shit happens. I liked it a little less than the previous one, though. It didn't feel like a retread in any way, unlike most sequels. Popalong Cassidy had big shoes to fill after the Popcorn King and left the shoes empty enough to leave blisters. Still, the aftermath was quite bizarre and I'll be taking my third trip to the Drive-In shortly. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

  • Gregor Xane
    2019-01-24 16:26

    You know, I'm pretty sure I liked this one a smidgen more than the first one. The scope expanded and the dark humor got even darker and funnier. I was somewhat reluctant to pick this one up right away because the end of the first book seemed to hint that this one might be a The Lost World pastiche. I don't dislike dinosaurs, but they really aren't a selling point for me. Now, there are dinosaurs in The Drive-In 2, but in no way are they the focus. They're not even a huge threat and kind of keep their distance for the most part. It's almost as if Lansdale changed his mind about the second book featuring dinosaurs between the writing of book 1 and book 2, which is fine by me. I'd certainly rather have another great villain like Popalong Cassidy any day.Oh, and there is some great imagery in this book and a few scenes that really had me laughing out loud (not just the usual quick exhalation through the nostrils kind of thing). Lansdale's got great comic timing.I'll be picking up The Drive-In 3 in the near future.

  • Daniel Bastian
    2019-01-24 15:08

    The sequel, fittingly titled The Drive-In 2: Not Just One of Them Sequels and released a year later in 1989, unfortunately does not live up to its predecessor. Here Lansdale spends much of the time recounting the events of the first novel through the perspective of other characters. These backstories are rambling affairs which drag on entirely too long and pale in comparison to the raw immediacy of the original. Nor do the new characters and villains do justice to the unique cast crafted in book one. Grace is less dimensional than the teenage wet dream to which she clearly owes her origins, while Popalong Cassidy is a catch-all antihero conceived on LSD and put to print on ritalin. And contrary to the book's cover, dinosaurs do not number among the hazards in this phantasmal caper. (I wouldn't be surprised if Lansdale edited out the reptilian bits after it was too late to change the cover art.)Moreover, the writing isn't nearly as solid, the narrative as focused, the sequences as memorably scripted or the comedy as chuckle-inducing. Whereas the first book's laughs and vulgarity were well-placed and right on pitch, the raunchiness of the sequel is spread like chipped paint, awash in overspent shock value and bargain-bin cliches. Lansdale either ran out of steam on this one or all but phoned it in. The tension just isn't there, and the ride isn't as fun. The idea of society-as-cinema felt fresh and thrilling in Lansdale's first outing but fails to breathe enough new life in the second take to keep me coming back for more. While it's even higher on the wonkiness scale than The Drive-In 1, the sequel's disordered pastiche of influences and repetitive nature ultimately terminate in forgettable schlock—like a B-movie you really didn't need to see.Note: This review is republished from my official website.

  • Tony
    2019-02-08 20:08

    THE DRIVE IN 2. (1990). Joe R. Lansdale. **.Many years ago, I read a book by Mr. Lansdale entitled “The Drive In.” I had no way of knowing at the time that it was going to be part one of a planned trilogy centered around the Drive In. Drive ins are fast disappearing from the scene in America. When I was a kid, they were rife. They were the repositories of most of the “B” movies from Hollywood. These included those films whose plots encompassed horror, the supernatural, and strange fantasy. It was at about the same time as TV became a big thing: everyone watched it after school or in the evening (after one’s homework was done, of course), and we all had our favorite shows. The adventures in this book – I can’t call it a novel since it doesn’t have any of the characteristic marks of a novel, like plot, character development, etc. – start out, as in the first in the series, at a drive in. The heroes of the main characters are drawn from the “B” (and “C”) movies of the time, and from the main characters from a variety of TV shows. The adventures that the main characters encounter feature these heroes, though they are modified to fit the hallucinatory story line of Mr. Lansdale. I’m not sure I got the point of this book or of the one before it. I presume that there is a “Drive In 3” but I’ve not seen it. I probably wouldn’t buy it if I did see it anyway. This series has taken on a cult status, and, like many of Lansdale’s books, has become a collectable – in spite of its alienation from every genre that you could think of. It’s almost like a road map of how to write a book while you are on the latest street drug.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-05 22:16

    I've found Lansdale to be at his best in his short fiction, and this expansion of the story of "The Drive-In" squanders some of my goodwill toward that yarn. Lansdale's an undisciplined writer with a childlike imagination, who will throw off a tale with an unworkable premise seemingly just for a lark. He imbued the original story of this ill-advised trilogy with a realistic nastiness that makes is easy to forget its far-fetchedness; people trapped in more mundane surroundings (a lifeboat, a deserted island, an airplane marooned on the slopes of the Andes) would just as surely descend into the savagery he depicted with wicked black humor and a knowing shrug, as if to say that kids will be cannibals. Here he swings from one flight of fancy to another, and our suspension of disbelief is left in the dust.Usually an assured story-teller, here Lansdale uses a narrative structure that highlights his lack of range; not since Heinlein has an author been stuck with such a distinctive voice, and when the story adopts a new narrator, and then, perversely, another new narrator, there is little change in that voice to demonstrate that these are new characters. Well, I liked the villain, and there were good scenes and smatterings of great dialog, but this never lived up to the eponymous boast that it's "not just one of them sequels..." A shame.

  • Frank
    2019-01-26 21:11

    Well, I decided to follow the action out of the Orbit and into the strange world beyond. The Drive-In 2 by Joe Lansdale is not a cheap rehash of The Drive-In 1 by Joe Lansdale. Instead, we get a new and different kind of story all together. It's not as classic as the events of the legendary original but it has a charm all it's own.I'm not going to lie. It took me awhile to really get into the story. I wasn't on board at first. This is more of a crazy road trip then the story of the insanity that takes place when a chunk of society is trapped among themselves. You need to prepare for that, this is not a deconstruction of the first. Once you can deal with that aspect you should be good to go.That is if you are already hip to Lansdale's crazy/weird/bizarre style of storytelling. That is something I loved about the first book. There is more of that in this story. There is even a new evil villain. Popcorn King meet Popalong Cassidy. Perhaps the only (slightly) regurgitated idea that bridges book one and book two.There is no reason not to continue the story of the escape from The Orbit. This is a different kind of story and that's what makes it work. As long as you like Joe Lansdale and the odd world he's created, you will enjoy reading The Drive-In 2.Will I complete the trilogy? Tune-in next time to find out!

  • Alex Budris
    2019-02-17 18:23

    The same quirky dead-pan humor, and quirkiness as the first book, but not nearly as scary. It has more of a linear story-line, and a more varied assortment of situations, but after number one the absurdity gets a little repetitive. Though some of the scenes are very funny. I also enjoyed the varied outlandish cast of characters. Just like the first this book is a fast, fun, and very unique ride. Recommended. Note: You have to read the first book for this one to make any sense.

  • Robin Edman
    2019-01-28 15:09

    I think I like this one better than the first one; in its very weird way, it made more sense and felt more like a story

  • Wayne
    2019-02-10 15:27

    I read part one years ago, so I can't be 100% sure, but I think book one is better. This book sort of didn't have the bang I was hoping for. It starts out fine enough. Some survivors from the drive-in set out down the highway. They soon meet up with Grace. We are treated to a long flash back from her. Then a flash back within a flash back about a man with a TV screen for a face. Back to present time. There's not much more in this. The ending was sort of poor. It gets bonus points for seeing how crazy and out of control this gets. Just wish there was more story with the insanity.

  • Jeff Mauch
    2019-02-14 16:06

    At the very best, this appears to be drug induced ramblings or fever dreams. This was a painful read to say the least. A sequel to a novel that probably shouldn't have been published to begin with, but that caught the fancy of a few people, including myself. Reading this made me feel like I was coming to my senses about the first Drive In book with each page I read while hoping for it to somehow improve, even just a little. I honestly don't want to write much more of a review than that as I think anything additional would be far beyond what this novel deserves.

  • Camilla (ReaderintheAttic)
    2019-02-14 16:06

    Potete leggere la recensione anche sul mio blog:, Bob e Banditore sono finalmente liberi dalla morsa dell'Orbit: nessuna nebbia acida attende loro e gli altri sopravissuti al di fuori del grande drive-in. Ma non è finita, perché ciò che gli accoglie non è la loro cittadina, non è il Texas: è un foresta in cui dinosauri dagli improbabili colori attraversano la strada. Così inizia la sopravvivenza dei tre personaggi, a cui presto si aggiungerà la giovane Grace, in questo nuovo mondo in cui Jack continua a scorgere nei suoi sogni le macchinazioni dei registi alieni, ancora non stanchi e tuti presi dalla realizzazione del loro sequel.Il romanzo si apre in maniera alquanto positiva... riguardo solo lo stile, ovviamente. Non c'è nulla di bello nella storia: è tragica, volgare, spergevole e pessimista; e forse proprio per questo viene a noia.Quel che è certo, è che Lansdale non si lascia sfuggire l'occassione si punzecchiare l'umanità, strappandomi così un sorriso, ma forse anche l'autore dovrebbe farsi i conti in tasca se cerca di presentare i propri personaggi, non come il meglio senza ombra di dubbio, ma come una opzione migliore a tutti gli accadimenti e a tutti gli altri uomini e donne senza nome che vivono nella giungla, per non parlare di Città di Merda.Non esiste nulla come una foresta vergine in grado di suscitare negli essere umani il bisogno di abbattere alberi, calpestare l'erba, uccidere animali, spargere in giro lattine di birra, per cui ero ragionevolmente sicuro che non ci fosse un solo essere umano nel raggio di cento chilometri come minimo.La narrazione non ha più il ritmo interessante del primo romanzo, seppure non si possa dire che la storia sia priva del suo punto di forza che come al solito si basa sullo scabroso e sul nosense sempre più profondo, immergendo in una sorta di grandi alluccinazioni che nessuno vorrebbe mai vedere. Da Jack a Grace si alterna principalmente il racconto della storia, presentando così il nuovo mostro e discepolo del defunto Re del Popcorn: Popalong Cassidy. Ma c'è ancora altro da dire prima di toccare questo tasto.La saga del "Drive-In" si basa sul Texas, sulla televesione, sui film di serie B, sul trash. E questo forse funziona bene solamente nel primo romanzo, perché nel secondo comincia già a stancare. Lo sprint non è lo stesso, l'atmosfera non riesce a permearsi del fascino creato dall'Orbit e da quell'idea terrificante di rimanere bloccati in uno luogo senza uscita. "La notte del Drive-In 2" non funziona come dovrebbe, eppure non è di certo un romanzo da buttare. I personaggi sono attivi e passivi, soggetti agli eventi, liberi di lasciarsi trasportare qua e là senza troppa flemma. Quel poco che rimaneva di umanità viene dimostrata da Grace che solamente di tanto in tanto accenna a questa sua qualità. Inutile dire come lei sia la solita sfacciata, bionda, figa e karateka. Di certo sarà dalla sua bocca che altri orrori riguardo il Re del Popcorn e da lì anche la mostruosa apparizione di Popalong Cassidy.Poi arrivò il Re del Popcorn. [...] Quando finalmente ricomparve non aveva più i chicchi di popcorn da darci. Almeno non quelli veri, ma solo quei sostituti che vomitava. Quelli con gli occhi iniettati di sangue. Di colpo l'assurde assunse una nuova identità e definizione. [...] Sue Ellen la mangiò. [...] Diceva che i chicchi erano dolci come caramello e che ti correvano dentro la testa come lucertele in calore, diceva che guardando attraverso i propri occhi le sembrava di guardare attraverso un proiettore, e diventare la luce e il suono che erano emessi del proiettore e che colpiva lo shcermo, diventare la cosa più veloce e luminosa che fosse mai esistita. [...] Diceva che quando ci guardava vedeva dei piccoli shcermi sulle nostre facce invece degli occhi, e sugli schermi delle rapprsentazioni in miniatura del nostro passato.Popalong Cassidy è il malvagio della situazione, né più né meno degli uomini che lo accompagnano e dell'uomo che una volta era. La figura del personaggi in sé è interessante e colpisce, sopratutto per chi ne sa qualcosa di passata e vecchie serie televisive che forse non hanno mai messo piede in Italia. Di certo Lansdale sa di cosa sta parlando ma forse non è in grado di rinnovarsi. Il nuovo mostro presentato è figlio del Re del Popcorno eppure è profondamente diverso da esso, malato in maniera differente ma altettanto temibile seppure la sua fine sia veloce, fin troppo veloce. Leave It to Beaver si stava svolgendo sulla sua facia: la sua faccia era uno schermo a sedici pollici con uno di quegli antiquati tubi al neon che gli girava intorno, il tutto rinchiuso in una scatola di legno da quattro soldi. Il personaggio sullo schermo, Ward Cleaver, chiuse una porta e disse: <> , ma il sonoro erano molto confuso, perché c'erano un sacco di scariche. E sullo sfondo, nelle profondità di quello schermo-faccia, potevo vedere due punti rossi che ptoevano essere valvole od occhi.Lansdale riesce a erigere un mondo orchestrato a metà solo per bene. Dettagli mancata qua e là, una perdita di ragionevolezza che funziona solo fino a un certo punto della storia. "La notte del Drive-In 2" non è in grado di sostenere il suo predecessore, senza però riuscire a togliersi lo smalto trash e condizionato dalla modernità televisiva, o forse quella vecchia, che permea anche nel nuovo mondo la vita dei sopravissuti

  • Joanne Parkington
    2019-02-20 14:22

    Crazy book !!! Liked the first one better but it does follow in the same vein !

  • Matteo Pellegrini
    2019-02-01 16:05

    Una folla di innocenti spettatori si accalca, invano, all'uscita del drive-in, il grande cinema all'aperto dove, nel cuore della notte, si proiettano solo film dell'orrore e di fantascienza. Ma perchè invano? Perchè c'è qualcuno che vuole tenerli prigionieri, e questo qualcuno non appartiene al nostro pianeta. Così, in un primo momento, chiunque tentasse di uscire dai confini dell'arena andava incontro a un'orribile fine. Ora, però, sembra che le cose stiano cambiando, che qualche temerario possa varcare la soglia impenetrabile oltre la quale si vede solo il buio assoluto. Ma voi, che cosa preferireste? Rimanere assediati nei confini allucinanti del cinematografo, o trovarvi sbalzati in un mondo di giungle preistoriche dove i grandi rettili vanno instancabilmente a caccia, cibandosi di tutto ciò che trovano? Questo è il dilemma degli eroi di Lansdale, costretti ora ad affrontare il Giorno dei Dinosauri.

  • Duane
    2019-02-15 21:11

    Picking up directly where The Drive-In left off, The Drive-in 2 lacks the punch and fun-factor of the first novel, but deftly continues the bizarre saga of our heroes in decent fashion. It's still an entertaining, welcomed read.

  • Christian
    2019-02-11 22:20

    JRL's foreword to this book seemed to set me up for a disappointment, but I thought this one was just as good as the first. Tonally, it is completely different from the first, relying on flashbacks from new characters to drive the story along, but it still retains the pitch-black humor and insane brutality of the first book. Might have to take a break from the rest of the Drive-In books so I don't get completely demented/desensitized.

  • incipit mania
    2019-01-29 21:27

    IncipitIl paesaggio non era male. Grandi alberi che si alzavano verso un cielo più azzurro degli occhi di una svedese, e vicino alla strada c’era dell’erba che cresceva così alta e appuntita che sembrava fatta di lance verdi.....Il giorno dei dinosauri

  • Daniel
    2019-02-08 21:18

    In the first few parts of this book, Lansdale takes the idea of cinema coming to life into a weird direction and runs with it a long ways. Then the characters involved decide to do something about it all, and what follows is less interesting. Still, I give Lansdale kudos for ideas that will stick with me for life.

  • Charles
    2019-01-31 13:57

    Lansdale has a powerful imagination and never is it more on display than in the Drive-In and the Drive-in II. This one is not quite as good as number 1.

  • Ralph Carlson
    2019-02-01 16:13

    Another great Lansdale read. Now on to the third Drive-In novel.

  • Justin
    2019-02-15 16:23

    Enjoyed it for Lansdale's always colorful, inventive writing. Feels super slight, though. And not much happens to deepen the crazy world he created in the first. On to the third one.

  • Soma
    2019-02-20 22:14

    A good absurd book about....a mess of everything:sci-fi, splatter, z movies and bukowsky style.A real trip inside the rubbish of a writer's desease.Fra

  • Curtis Hempler
    2019-02-07 20:01

    The roller-coaster ride continues... Still good, but doesn't quite measure up to the first in my opinion.Definitely schlocky, but it's dark, creepy fun.

  • Marco Cerbo
    2019-02-09 16:17

    Secondo capitolo della saga del Drive-in, sempre molto pulp ma meno originale. Vedremo la terza.

  • Warren Baker
    2019-01-30 14:13

    The Drive In series isn't my favorite... But it's still Lansdale, so it's worth a read

  • Kelly
    2019-02-07 22:19

    Ok - not as good as the third. A little anti-climatic.