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 Kelan Wood on Letterboxd

    "Are you fucked up?" "half and half":

    Filled with an entire cast of moronic rednecks, Heavy Metal Parking Lot captures over-excited fans outside of a Judas Priest concert in enjoyably goofy and hilarious ways.

  • ★★★★ 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)!

  • ★★★★ review by kaila Starr on Letterboxd

    Wow some great people watching

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