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A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way.
In 1977 20th Century had two science fiction movies ready for release. They had high expectations for Damnation Alley...and did not think much of the other film.....luckily when Damnation Alley crashed and burned at the box office.....that other film...did moderately well at the box office...it was called Star Wars.
I actually saw this movie at the theaters when I was a kid.....and it scared the hell out of me. Movie takes place after World War 3 has destroyed the planet. George Peppard and Jan Michael Vincent (what happened to him?) play Air Force officers who survived the war. The last remaining city seems to be Albany....so they get into their "Landmaster" (actually a pretty cool vehicle) and travel through Damnation…
While thinking about what I was going to write about "Damnation Alley," I realized how much better it sounds written than watched.
After nuclear war has decimated America (and tilted the Earth's axis), the country has become a barren wasteland. Endless deserts stretch out full of giant mutated scorpions, massive, violent storms, sickly scavenger people and flesh eating cockroaches. And a casino.
Our heroes take it upon themselves to travel to Albany, New York in the hopes of finding more survivors. A journey of this sort isn't something to be taken lightly either; after being holed up their military outpost for the two years since the bombs had dropped, they decide to set out on their quest. Luckily, the Air…
this film terrified me as a seven year old.
I only went to see it because Kelly from bad News bears was in it. Once we reached the scene with the abandoned carny town with leech beetle killings - man i was done!
Have to say this is one movie that could probably work with a remake - though I'm usually never one to say that.
We open with 15 minutes of military guys bickering and hovering around monitors, then the world blows up and Earth gets knocked off its axis and we're treated to half an hour of other guys driving around a desert and occasionally shooting at giant scorpions that would make Bert I. Gordon wince.
The tedium abates a little once our heroes stumble into a Salt Lake City overrun with flesh-eating mutant cockroaches and a neighboring town overrun with Jackie Earl Haley. The film almost redeems itself in the second half via improved pacing, more action and decent natural disaster effects, but gosh, if the last days of existence truly revolve this much around Jan-Michael Vincent showing off motorcycle tricks, the living will start to envy the dead right quickly.
Mediocre postapocalypse movie about Jan-Michael Vincent and George Peppard (with both a horrible accent and mustache) travelling the wasteland in a supervehicle, the landmaster. It feels like it was cut together from episodes of a tv-series, way too episodic to make any impact and the special effects are atrocious. I did like the part where they find hordes of flesheating cockroaches in an abandoned city, you get the feeling that Bruno Mattei got the inspiration for his Rats from this, including pulling a horde of glued on roaches on mats. But the rest of the movie mostly just sucks.
It sucks that my attention span today wouldn't allow for me to watch On the Beach because that seemed like a lovely and nuanced post-apocalyptic film... It sucks worse that was able to sit still through this turkey.
It's a post-apocalyptic trucking film... Yay... We all love trucking movies... 10-4 good buddy... Smokies on my six... I pooped my pants again... Trucker lingo.
There was some big ass scorpions and some radroaches - so it was very Fallout 4. If you have a problem - hop on your motorcycle - that's the solution to all your problems. It felt like a crappy A-Team episode - I don't remember A-Team so it may have been a good A-Team episode. Any time they get off the truck - either they lose someone or gain someone. Poop. Poop. Poop. Farts. Bye.
Oh, it's rated PG and there's porno mags in the beginning! Boobs! Star & a half!
Complete trash with SFX that make the original King Kong look positively state of the art. Watch out for cockroaches, y'all.
Very good and original Science Fiction action film that is unfortunately a forgotten gem of the genre, Damnation Alley is a riveting and exciting film that boasts some good performances and an interesting story. This is a fun midnight movie that will appeal to fans of B movies. The film has some terrific moments that make this an engaging feature to watch and it has a cool concept. Domination Alley is one of those obscured films that are a pleasant treat to watch when you come across it because the idea is engaging, and films like this are unique and original. Damnation Alley is a well made feature that is simply a blast to watch because the cast is good,…
Apparently the studio executives thought this was better than Star Wars. What a joke. Horrible effects, pointless characters, and an unusual plot really drag down the film. The vehicle and cockroach scenes are the only good elements of the film.
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A limp post-apocalyptic adventure, Damnation Alley begins as a sober document about the commencement of a nuclear holocaust, but swiftly dirtbikes its way into silliness as the skies turn gaudily psychedelic and giant scorpions prowl the radiated wastes.
A fresh-faced and at that point bitterness bereft Jan-Michael Vincent plays ex-military tearaway Tanner, a long haired rebel to his old superior officer Major Denton (George Peppard).
When a freak accident destroys the military facility in which the remnants of the U.S army have been hanging out since the end of the world, Denton, Tanner and a couple of other guys (including the always watchable Paul Winfield) head out into…
Post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure very loosely based on Roger Zelazny's novel. Director Jack Smight's television background is readily apparent as the film feels very made-for-TV with the dodgy special effects also contributing to its cheapness. As such though, it is still an entertaining action adventure story with enough imagination and decent pacing to keep it engaging.
The Las Vegas scene was the only good scene in this film, well that and maybe the restaurant scene. The rest was quite awful. Bad acting, bad special effects and terrible end, which made no sense to me at all.
Also why did the scorpions become so big in such a short time? I could have bought it if the film was from the 50s when nuclear power was still a mystery and people did not know better but this is in the 70s! Are we supposed to believe that nuclear power worked like steroids on insects in just one generation (or less)? Making them big, strong and dangerous. And if the nuclear war caused so much drought, what became of the water? Did it leave the planet?
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I’m a fan of the Fallout series. I love the world those games build, and consequently when I discover a work that is formulative to that universe, it tends to give that work a little extra appeal for me. It’s part of the reason why I like some of the later portions of The Martian Chronicles and why I enjoyed A Boy and his Dog, which is a review for another time. Damnation Alley is a little less known portion of the sub-genre, but is still a remarkably enjoyable film.
Damnation Alley opens with World War III being fought - the nuclear exchange happens, in a scene that is almost chilling in its calmness. The world ends not with tension,…
This is a road trip among some sort of soft wasteland. Yes, some of them die, but the other ones don't give it much attention and keep on going with baths and food. Most of the movie are connections scenes where the "car" is traveling or the sky is radiating colors. It was goo to watch again A-Team's Hannibal and funny to find out Watchmen's Rorschach as a kid actor.
I really loved how they didn't had money to make to "cars" and had to improvise something (not very convincing, must I say) to make us believe there were two of them :)
Maj. Eugene Denton: Tanner this is Denton! This whole town is infested with killer cockroaches. I repeat: KILLER COCKROACHES!
If that quote above won't tell you what sort of movie this is, you still have a lot to learn young padawan...lol
A b-movie based on an excellent short story of Robert Zelazny with an interesting cast such as Jan Michael Vincent and George Peppard and Paul Winfield. Story wise there is little to tell, WW 3 breaks out and the nuclear rockets are engaged and find their target destroying the world as we know it. Few survivors from a underground military base have the means to set out on a trip, years after the event in order to see if…
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