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As you may have heard, tonight the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring is hosting a 25th anniversary screening of Jeff Krulik and John Heyn‘s Heavy Metal Parking Lot. The film has taken a long, roundabout route to the big screen: Though it was shot in 1986, the cult classic mostly circulated as a bootleg until a limited theatrical run in 2003 and an official DVD release in 2006. The ridiculous documentation of obsessive fandom didn’t end with the metalheads outside a Judas Priest concert. The makers of the original went on to create a few more in the “Parking Lot” series (including Harry Potter Parking Lot, if you can find it), and other filmmakers aped the idea. Here are a few highlights:

The first follow up in the “Parking Lot” series was the equally ridiculous, Redneck-friendly Monster Truck Parking Lot.


A decade or so after Heavy Metal Parking Lot, the filmmakers returned to the venue for Neil Diamond Parking Lot.

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Not by Krulik or Heyn, but in the same spirit, Raver Bathroom highlights the ecstasy-fueled, hyper-sexual culture at a Toronto rave in ’99.

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