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Decker Drive-In, Baytown, Texas LCCN2017708202

In the 1950s, the Drive-ins of America were not just places for teenagers to make-out, but destinations for the entire family. By the 1970s, however, they had generally become the suburban equivalents of the urban Grindhouses, specializing in low-budget and exploitation movies not shown in “normal” theaters. And on the Uncanny Highway, the line between reality and cinematic fantasy can become frighteningly blurry.

Note that unlike modern Drive-ins that microbroadcast the soundtrack to your car stereo, in the 1960s and 70s the sound came through speakers wired to short poles in the parking lot. You brought the speaker into your car – and hopefully remembered to put it back on the pole before driving away!

 

Tonight’s Showings

d6

Tonight’s show is a…

1 – 2

single movie, with two consecutive showings.

3 – 4

double feature.

5 – 6

triple feature.

 

Drive-in (and Grindhouse) Movie Titles

Roll a d10 to determine which number Title Table to use. Then, roll the dice indicated in parenthesis to construct a new title.

Title Table 1 (d12, twice)

1

The Prehistoric

Spider.

2

The Atomic

Woman.

3

The Terrible

Child.

4

The Devil(’s)

Killer.

5

The Bloody

Outlaw.

6

The Flying

Creature.

7

The Forbidden

Hand.

8

The Abominable

Visage.

9

The Revolting

Torso.

10

The Grisly

Horror.

11

The Shocking

Brain.

12

The Deadly

Spawn.

 

Title Table 2 (d20, twice)

1

Robot Titan versus

the U.F.O.s.

2

Wolfman versus

the K.G.B.

3

Battling Beauties versus

the Slime Monster.

4

Killer Cop versus

the King of Pimps.

5

Tyrannosaurus versus

the Giant Eagle.

6

Gill Man versus

Satan.

7

Green Berets versus

the Invisible Monster.

8

Ten Desperados versus

the Giant Lizard.

9

Wonder Man versus

the Mob.

10

Teenage Frankenstein versus

Dracula.

11

Electro-Man versus

the Abductors.

12

Sherlock Holmes versus

the Klan.

13

Machine-Gun P.T.A versus

the Mummy

14

Bad Momma versus

the She-Beast.

15

Far-Out Daddy versus

the Monster from Dimension Five.

16

Groovy Cats versus

Jack the Ripper.

17

Kung Fu Fighters versus

Doctor Frankenstein.

18

Foxy Mahogany versus

the Beast Men.

19

Outlaw Bikers versus

the Dope Fiends.

20

Commando Priest versus

Psycho Bikers.

 

Title Table 4 (d8, three times)

1

Attack of the

Radioactive

Men!

2

Shock of the

Sex-Crazed

Women!

3

Horror of the

Unknown

Alligator!

4

Beware the

Deadly

Priest!

5

Escape from the

Giant

Snake!

6

Terror of the

Mutant

Teenagers!

7

Captured by the

Hypnotic

Beatniks!

8

Exorcism of the

Satanic

Cultists!

 

Title Table 4 (d10, three times)

1

I Was

(a) Martian(s)

for the F.B.I!

2

I am

(a) G-Man/G-Men

for the Mob!

3

I Know

(a) Werewolf(s)

for the K.G.B!

4

I Married

(a) Hooker(s)

in Vegas!

5

I Kissed

(a) Trucker(s)

in Dixie!

6

I Escaped

(a) Killer(s)

in Malibu!

7

We Were

Trouble

in New York!

8

Sexy

(a) Vampire(s)

on the Run!

9

Deadly

(an) Assassin(s)

Looking for Love!

10

Wild

(an) Outlaw(s)

for Hire!

 

Title Table 5 (d12, twice)

1

Have You Seen

Marylin?

2

Do You Know

my Sweet?

3

Where is /are

the Babysitter?

4

What Happened to

Mother?

5

Can you Help

my Sister?

6

Who Murdered

Me?

7

Who will Love

the Bishop?

8

Who can Resist

Teacher?

9

Where is

Sister Agnes?

10

Who Took

the Night Nurse?

11

Who Bought

Her?

12

Who Cursed

Him?

 

Title Table 6 (d12, twice)

1

Beast(s)

from the Bronx.

2

Whore(s)

from Mississippi.

3

Horror

on the Subway.

4

Madman

of the Dead.

5

Pimp(s)

in the Heartland.

6

Runaway(s)

on the Road.

7

Bad Girl(s)

in Hell.

8

Coed(s)

in the White House.

9

Innocent(s)

on 42nd Street.

10

Nurse(s)

in Hollywood.

11

Detective

of the Night.

12

Killer(s)

in Candyland.

 

Title Table 7 (d12, twice)

1

Roadhouse

of Blood.

2

Castle

of Murder.

3

Hospital

of Fear.

4

Motel

of Screams.

5

School

of Violence.

6

Prison

of the Dead.

7

Carnival

of Sins.

8

Church

of a Thousand Terrors.

9

House

of Evil.

10

Shop

of Hell

11

Resort

of Fallen Angels.

12

Street

Without a Name.

 

Title Table 8 (d12, twice)

1

Blood

Car.

2

Terror

Train.

3

Murder

Dogs.

4

Horror

House.

5

Shock

City.

6

Murder

Mile.

7

Hell

Girls.

8

Night

Station.

9

Terror

Highway.

10

Doom

Street.

11

Space

Plane.

12

Star

Trip.

 

Title Table 9 (Giallo & Eurosleeze Movies) (d10, three times)

1

Five

Cats

in Leather.

2

Bloody

Nuns

of Milan.

3

Naked

Models

on Silk Sheets.

4

Delirious

Photos

of the Baroness.

5

Sinister

Secrets

with Murderous Intent.

6

Deadly

Girls

for Satan.

7

Sinful

Rats

in Bondage.

8

Blue

Vices

Without Pity.

9

Lovely

Eyes

of New York.

10

Wanton

Lips

by the Cemetery.

 

Title Table 10 (King Fu Movies) (d12 three times)

1

Shaolin

Monks

Versus the Lama.

2

Three

Brothers

of Iron.

3

Flying

Wife / Wives

Versus Hopping Vampire.

4

Drunken

Master(s)

Strike(s) Again!

5

Crippled

Fists

Versus Wu Tang.

6

Mad

Monkey(s)

Versus Deadly Tiger.

7

Vengeful

Dragon(s)

Fight(s) All!

8

Wild

Crane(s)

Against Evil.

9

Little

Warriors

of Shanghai.

10

Outlaw

Lady / Ladies

from Canton.

11

Eightfold

Avengers

and the Princess.

12

Magnificent

Abbot(s)

and the Poison Lotus.

 

Drive-in Capacity

d12

The capacity of the lot is…

1

50 cars

2

100 cars

3

150 cars

4

200 cars

5

250 cars

6

300 cars

7

350 cars

8

400 cars

9

450 cars

10

500 cars

11

550 cars

12

600 cars

 

Concessions

d20, 1d8 times

Besides buttered popcorn, the concession stand sells:

1

cheese-flavored popcorn.

2

caramel corn.

3

peanuts.

4

candy.

5

chocolates.

6

cotton candy.

7

potato chips.

8

ice cream and ices.

9

donuts.

10

sandwiches.

11

hamburgers.

12

hot dogs.

13

corn dogs.

14

fried fish.

15

barbecue.

16

chili.

17

soda.

18

chocolate milk.

19

corn bread.

20

cookies

Multiples of the same result indicate an unusually large variety of the indicated item(s).

 

Daytime Use

d8

During the day today, the lot is being used for…

1 – 3

nothing.

4

a Swap Meet.

5

religious services.

6

a carnival. See Amusement Parks of the Uncanny Highway.

7

a custom car and “hot rod” show.

8

a farm stand.

 

Movie Quality

d20, twice

The movie…

1

stars (1d4) well-known actors / actresses.

2

was made by a well-known director.

3

was directed by someone using an obvious alias.

4

is surprisingly well written.

5

has the worst dialogue you’ve ever heard.

6

is surprisingly well acted.

7

features outrageously bad performances from the actors.

8

has surprisingly good special effects.

9

has laughably bad special effects.

10

has a plot completely different from what you’d expect form the title.

11

was actually filmed in another language and dubbed. If a Giallo, Eurosleeze, or King Fu movie, then it was actually filmed in English!

12

features an exceptional amount of gratuitous nudity.

13

features an exceptional amount of bloody violence.

14

is surprisingly family-friendly!

15

has such poor sound you can barely understand anything being said.

16

looks like it was filmed in a dark tunnel!

17

seems to be highly allegorical.

18

is obsessed with a seemingly random subject.

19

is so bad overall that it’s actually enjoyably funny!

20

has a plot that seems to parallel the PC’s adventures on the road so far.

Re-roll repeated results.

 

Drive-In Events.

d20

Suddenly…

1

the film stops and the picture melts.

2

the car nearest to you begins rocking!

3

the nearest car suddenly pulls out and leaves, right in the middle of a movie.

4

the dialogue and soundtrack seem to have gone out of synch with the visuals.

5

the audio cuts out.

6

you hear gunshots in the distance.

7

somebody knocks on the window. (They want to: 1 = share the good news of Jesus Christ. 2 = find their missing spouse. 3 = find their missing child. 4 = accuse someone in the car of being their spouse’s lover. 5 = get your help with their car. 6 = murder the driver, or a passenger.)

8

somebody starts honking their car’s horn.

9

there is an inexplicably horrible smell in the air.

10

1d4 cop cars show up. The movie is suddenly stops, and the owner of the theater is arrested for obscenity.

11

a couple steps out of their car and starts arguing.

12

a child runs out of a nearby car.

13

a woman runs out of a car screaming!

14

a U.F.O. is seen overhead!

15

a small aircraft crashes into the screen!

16

a biker gang pulls into the lot.

17

cops are chasing a suspect through the lot!

18

a car explodes!

19

a car careens into the lot, crashing into 1d4 other cars before stopping.

20

a sinkhole opens up under the lot.