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Death Race 2000
A Cross Country Road Wreck!
In a boorish future, the government sponsors a popular, but bloody, cross-country race in which points are scored by mowing down pedestrians. Five teams, each comprised of a male and female, compete using cars equipped with deadly weapons. Frankenstein, the mysterious returning champion, has become America's hero, but this time he has a passenger from the underground resistance.
The Snake Charmer and Lincoln Hawk in a Race to the Death across the US of A. The Star-Spangled Banner. Howard Cosell's cousin. Eating Raoul. Kung-fu Bill Frankenstein. Machine Gun John Rambo. Herman the German. Mr. President. A pretty face. Points. Ghetto bull fighting. Old fuckers. Baby trickeration. The Rebel Revolution. Pit stops. Your last ladder. Rub-downs. Myra and her boobs. Groupies. Romantic dancing. Holy blessings. The shit you do to please your fans. Sacrificial lambs. Bye-bye navigator. The Detour of Death. Fuckin' censorship. Dinner and Bullshit. The fuckin' French. The best time to undress. Attempted sabotage. A Mickey. The Red Baron's airplane. DYNO-mite! Lending Sly a hand. Crash, Bang, Boom. The changing of the guard. Loaded with boobs, racing, and the best point system ever, Death Race 2000 is a mother fuckin' cult classic.
For all of its low-budget limitations and exploitative sensibilities, Paul Bartel's "Death Race 2000" is a very smart film. Superficially, the film is about a cross-country road race in a dystopic United States of the future where contestants are awarded points for dispatching pedestrians while the nation watches glued to TV sets. Under the surface, the story reveals a neat satire dealing with government, entertainment, and media. "Death Race 2000" presupposes an obsession with reality TV decades before that obsession infected mass media.
The satire, however, may be secondary to the cars, violence, and skin Bartel tosses at the screen. "Death Race 2000" revels in these exploitative charms, culminating in a colorful, entertaining ride. David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone headline…
I wonder what would've happened to Justin Bieber if he was wondering the streets during this race?
It's actually pretty remarkable how many elements from Death Race 2000 ended up in the Hunger Games. The game show format that the country devours. The resistance. The funny commentators adding their two cents. I mean, I get it. America glorifies violence. That's all Death Race 2000 has to say and it doesn't even say it particularly well. But it never takes itself too seriously. From a pre-Rocky Stallone to some pretty cool pre-CGI cars crashing into shit violence, the movie wastes little time trying to build character and plot. And good riddance. In something this goofy I wouldn't have cared much anyways. As far as cheesy, bloody 1970s B-movie action goes, you could do a lot worse than Death Race 2000.
Hmm, let me do some calculations. I think I've acquired 225 points in my lifetime
Another near perfect B movie produced by Roger Corman. Director Paul Bartel knows what it was meant to be and is extremely confident about that. The movie starts out strong right off the bat. Corman knows exactly what we want and to our pleasure, that's just what he made - A fast movie about faster people! Thus, the pacing of Death Race 2000 is just as quick as it should be. There is no exposition before the race itself. The first thing we see IS the race as it prepares to commence. The movie acts just like a messed up, R-rated version of "Wacky Races", complete with the same intro from the original cartoon, only this time starring David Carradine…
Trashy tasteless B-movie with a Nazi vixen, topless girls, Sly 'machine gun' Stallone as one of the baddies. Killing seniors above 75 years on the road or babies scores extra points. The evil French are blamed for everything.
The movie is partly rescued by never trying to be serious.
mad love for david carradine's proto-slipknot aesthetic.
Oh my goodness this movie was so much better than I remembered it. Sylvester Stallone has the rather unchallenging task of acting like a moron and playing the comic relief. The real action however is with David Carradine who plays the unbeatable Death Race driver "Frankenstein". I think the last time I saw it, I wasn't really sure how to appreciate relatively old and low budget movies like this. Sometimes you need to be in the right mindset.
This movie, in typical Roger Corman fashion, doesn't take itself the least bit seriously. The car chases are impressive and the movie is brimming with ideas of what to do with its bloodthirsty drivers. Death Race 2000 also has a lot of…
Fantastic fun, that ensures viewers continue to smile even during nastier moments (such as drivers aiming for vulnerable members of society in order to score more points). This has everything you need - car stunts, Sylvester Stallone having temper tantrums, David Carradine being unflappable and cool, and some dollops of gratuitous nudity.
I've seen this maybe six times in the last 30 years. It hasn't faded with age; it's pleasures have not diminished.
A scathing indictment of income inequality, corporate/government corruption and unchallengable power due to subjugation through mindless distractions conducted by a brown-nosing media, "Death Race 2000" offers hilarious camp and intelligence in equal measure.
Who says Stallone can’t do comedy? Aside from both the people who saw Stop! Or My Mom will Shoot!? Classic trash. And the “hand grenade?” Even more classic!
Part of Grindhouse Week
I think I love this more than I should, I honestly think it's a masterpiece.
Great mix of both action and satire.
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