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Heavy Metal Parking Lot is a 1986 documentary short produced by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn about heavy metal music fans tailgating in the parking lot outside the Capital Centre in Landover, Maryland on May 31, 1986, before a Judas Priest concert. The show was part of the Fuel for Life tour, with opening act Dokken.

Heavy Metal Parking Lot
Heavy Metal Parking Lot movie poster.jpg
Directed byJohn Heyn and Jeff Krulik
Release date
Running time
17 minutes
CountryUnited States



By the early 1990s, Heavy Metal Parking Lot had become an underground cult-classic, usually traded on bootleg VHS videotapes. It was reportedly a favorite on the Nirvana tour bus, among many other bands. Due to growing popular demand for the film, music-rights issues were finally resolved with Judas Priest.


Krulik and Heyn attempted to follow up Heavy Metal Parking Lot with Monster Truck Parking Lot in 1988, which showed fans of a monster truck rally, but the film was unfinished and unreleased. They then created Neil Diamond Parking Lot (1996) which showed fans before a Neil Diamond concert at the same Capital Centre parking lot, ten years after the original.[1] In 1999, they created Harry Potter Parking Lot.[2]

Krulik and Heyn created and co-produced the 2004 TV series Parking Lot in association with Radical Media, which was broadcast on Trio. The series showed enthusiasts of various bands (like Phish) and activities (like surfing). Eight episodes were produced.

2006 DVD releaseEdit

In May 2006, the documentary was finally released on DVD, to coincide with the 20th anniversary of its filming. The DVD version contains the original 17-minute film, as well as 2 hours of bonus features that were left out of the original version and finally an interview with the infamous "Zebra-man" (a 22-year-old at the time), whom Krulik and Heyn tracked down and interviewed in the summer of 1999, 13 years after the original filming.[2]

Cultural referencesEdit

  • The music video for the 2000 song "Flavor of the Weak" by American Hi-Fi is a conscious homage to Heavy Metal Parking Lot, featuring the band members and others dressed as specific people from the documentary, and spouting variations on some of the same dialogue.[2]
  • The music video for the 2005 song "Just Want You to Know" by the Backstreet Boys also references Heavy Metal Parking Lot.[3]


  1. ^ Little, Ryan (June 17, 2011). "The Top Three Moments Inspired by Heavy Metal Parking Lot". Arts Desk. Washington City Paper. Archived from the original on 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  2. ^ a b c Kelly O (May 18, 2011). "Heavy Metal Rules, All That Punk Shit Sucks". The Stranger. Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2015-07-14.
  3. ^ "The Must List: October 7, 2005". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2015-07-14.

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