Drive-Invasion 2007 

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Drive-Invasion 2007, the Starlight Six Drive-In's annual celebration of rockabilly, hot rods and schlocky cinema, splits this year's films into a pair of "themed" nights, with Saturday scrutinizing "Science Gone Awry" and Sunday devoted to "Teen Rebellion." For a preview of some of the film fare, the movies -- or, more specifically, their posters -- can speak for themselves.

Re-Animator (1985) – One of the greatest funny/scary drive-in flicks ever made stars the incomparable Jeffrey Coombs as a scientist who reanimated corpses. Tagline: "Herbert West has a very good head on his shoulders ... and another one in a dish on his desk." (Saturday)

Empire of the Ants (1977) – Director Bert I. Gordon, auteur of giant monster flicks, unleashes oversized ants that prove almost as frightening as Joan Collins' Florida real-estate scam artist. Tagline: "It's no picnic!" (Saturday)

The Thing With Two Heads (1972) – A bizarre scientist grafts Ray Milland's head on Rosey Grier's body, sort of like grindhouse verse of The Defiant Ones. Tagline: "They transplanted a white bigot's head on a soul brother's body!" (Saturday)

Count Dracula and His Vampire Bride (1974) – This Hammer horror flick features Christopher Lee's final turn as the titular bloodsucker, but may be more interesting for the appearance of "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley. Tagline: "Evil begets evil on the Sabbath of the undead!" (Saturday)

Tommy (1975) – Director Ken Russell helms a hallucinatory film version of the Who's rock opera about the deaf, dumb and blind dude (lead singer Roger Daltrey) who "sure plays a mean pinball." Supporting singers include Elton John, Tina Turner and ... Jack Nicholson? Tagline: "Your senses will never be the same." (Sunday)

She Freak (1967) – A sort of remake of the still-disturbing Freaks, in which a hot waitress (Claire Brennen) turns carnival tyrant until the sideshow attractions make her "one of us." Tagline: "A Barbarous Experience ...!" (Sunday)

Drive-Invasion. $22 for single-day ticket, $40 for weekend pass. Gates open at noon both days. Sept. 1-2. Starlight Six Drive-In, 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786.


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