All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
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!
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…
A very cheap post-apocalypse, with little in the way of actual conflict or plot. There are cockroaches, though.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
With the exception of a town overrun by flesh-eating cockroaches, this is possibly the most boring post-apocalyptic movie I've ever seen.
Still not quite sure where that flash flood came from. Good thing it was only a model.
Giant scorpions, killer cockroach swarms, and a beast of an ATV make Damnation Alley an entertaining little action adventure film from the late 70's.
Bevor er das A-Team anführte, fuhr Hanniball mit ein paar anderen Pappnasen durch die postapokalyptische Wüste. Ich verrate nicht zu viel, wenn ich sage: Das A-Team war aufregender. Alles weitere hier: filmschrott.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/postapokalyptischer-nebencharakteraustausch/
There's a lot more positives to this movie than I expected, just not enough to completely sustain it.
This is, almost without competition, the absolute worst fucking movie ever wiped onto celluloid. The fact that it is based on my favorite Roger Zelazny novella makes watching it feel suspiciously similar to having my intestines slowly pulled out through my tear ducts, but with my very favorite pair of barbecue tongs.
The very first thing the viewer must do when sitting down with "Damnation Alley" is to try and get past George Peppard's ridiculous moustache. Once that is accomplished you can have a pretty good time with the movie as long as you aren't expecting a masterpiece.
While the story and film isn't very suspenseful, exciting or fleshed out and it feels almost like a "tv movie", there is still many things along the way to enjoy such as Jerry Goldsmith's music, the sky special effects and of course the star of the film, the "Landmaster".
I don't recommend anybody run out and see this asap but if you're a fan of post apocalyptic movies and dirt bikes then you may have some fun with it.
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