Back in the day drive-in theaters were a favorite place for teenagers, for obvious reasons. In the small town where I grew up, the local drive-in was off limits for some of us teens. I went one time. Someone saw me and told my mother. Justice was swift and I was an adult before I went to a drive-in again. I didn’t know there was a drive-in close to Jacksonville until I got an email about the places Durden Godfrey’s I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday will screen.
The film that packed houses twice in Jacksonville will now hit a big outdoor screen—the Ocala Drive-In. Family-owned and operated, the drive-in is open every night. Prices are very budget friendly. You can even bring your dog if yours is like mine and doesn’t like to be left behind. One other neat perk is that if you pay in cash, you get a discount. Reviews on the drive-in Facebook page suggest the concessions stand has good food.
The I Am Going to Kill Someone This Friday screening takes place on Saturday, March 2 from 11:30 PM-2 AM. Cast and crew members will be on hand for meet-and-greets and photos. This is a one-night only screening for the film at this drive-in.
I think the drive-in is a perfect venue for this film. There’s something about a drive-in that provides a perfect backdrop for a good psychological thriller. This is one of those films that stays in your head, sparking questions about the human condition and the world we live in. The film’s creators summarized it this way:
“Meet Robert Partridge. A middle-aged, well-off man, living in a gated community with his beautiful wife and picture-perfect son, afforded by a successful career in advertising where he is respected by his unsuspecting business partners. On the surface, Robert Partridge lives a very normal life; But Robert Partridge is not normal. With a secret in his past and a plan for his near future, a tragic culmination of events will bring everything together on Friday.”
The film has drawn positive comments from many, including me. Indie Horror Online calls the film “absorbing and emotionally powerful.” Richard Propes of The Independent Critic says “It’s a unique and involving psychological thriller and if you get a chance you should definitely check it out.”
Plans are currently in the works for more screenings in Atlanta, Houston, and New Orleans. Check out the film’s page on Facebook to learn more.
The drive-in, for many, is a memory. It’s really incredible that Ocala has this entertainment venue that many young people haven’t experienced. You can keep up with the Ocala Drive-In by liking their Facebook page or by visiting their website.
Also note the drive-in has a special Valentine’s Day special. It sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope to visit this drive-in soon. Ocala is a very neat town.
(Kay B. Day/Jan. 31, 2019)