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Carson Daly Salutes Heavy Metal Parking Lot

By Mike Everleth ⋅ December 16, 2010

The 25th anniversary of the underground classic Heavy Metal Parking Lot kicked off one month early when the late night show Last Call With Carson Daly hosted a special tribute to the film and the filmmakers on their Dec. 7 episode. Embedded above, you can watch the entire segment, plus a promo and a teaser for it. The Last Call staff really did a bang-up job with the segment, too. It’s funny, informative, properly reverential and shows off why it’s such a beloved masterpiece.

I’m not sure the details of how this whole thing was put together, but I was mighty surprised when Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, the two brilliant talents behind the HMPL phenomenon, literally showed up at my workplace doorstep in November to tell me they had taped this segment. (That was also actually the first time I had ever met John, although we’ve emailed each other in the past and I’ve been pals with Jeff for years.)

What’s also nice about the piece is that the boys get to promote their latest hit documentary Heavy Metal Picnic, which is another blast from Maryland’s heavy metal past. It’s a really fun film that I reviewed recently.

And if you STILL haven’t seen the original Heavy Metal Parking Lot, you can watch it online here.

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