Heavy Metal Parking Lot

Directed by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn

Heavy Metal Parking Lot documents heavy metal music fans tailgating in the parking lot outside the Capital Centre (since demolished) in Landover, Maryland, on May 31, 1986, before a Judas Priest concert (with opening act Dokken).


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  • ★★★★★ review by Timcop on Letterboxd

    Absolutely appalling that this hasn't received Criterion treatment yet.

  • ★★★★½ review by Scumbalina on Letterboxd

    I guess I watch this every week now.

  • ★★★★★ review by ~findlay🔮🔪 on Letterboxd

    my landmark 1000th viewing of this.

    easily my favourite window of time we have available to us.

    the congealing of summer and youth and drinking and friendship and music and style and weirdness of pilgrimage.

    summers coming baby, spend it shouting non-sequiturs over peak 80s heavy metal.

  • ★★★★ review by Joseph on Letterboxd

    This is a strange anthropological piece if ya ask me

  • ★★★★ review by onemarathon on Letterboxd

    I can really only justify my high rating of this short documentary by how much I laughed while watching it. A lot. I knew guys and girls like that back in the day.

    I have to say that all nostalgia aside, this snapshot of metal fans in the mid-80's sure is in stark contrast to the scene now. The attitude in metal is so dark and serious these days. The party-hearty crowd were inspired by Van Halen and the hair-bands of that more lighthearted era... just having fun discovering debauchery and loud music.

    And then the nostalgia kicks in.... the ridiculous haircuts we all had. The guys with their sleeveless rock shirts and partial mullets; the girls with their big hair. What a blast from the past (for an oldster like me)!

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