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The Sunday Video: Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)

This weeks Sunday Video is an excerpt from Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Considered one of the greatest rock & roll movies of all time (although it’s actually a hilarious documentary tribute to rock & roll’s greatest fans) HMPL, filmed in 1986 at a Maryland concert arena parking lot before a Judas Priest show, is an unvarnished anthropological study of American metalheads in their mid-’80s glory. Directed by Jeff Krulik it is the quintessential ’80s magnum opus, made complete with a vast display of muscle cars, spandex, bleach-blonde frizzy perms, bare-chested dudes, Mullets From Hell, faded denim metal chicks, and the largest collection of late ’70s Camaros ever seen in one location. Virtually unknown to mainstream audiences for two decades, HMPL was a VHS bootleg favorite among musicians, movie stars and cult-video fanatics worldwide.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986).

For further excerpts from HMPL featuring interviews please go here.

This post was contributed by Thomas Hollingworth.

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The Sunday Video: Heavy Metal Parking Lot (1986)