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.
Benjamin Button would be worth a whole ton of points.
This is certainly a movie that was made.
"Bye-bye Baby! Hello 70 points!"
-Nero the Hero
I do believe the level of entertainment in this film might be an accident on the filmmakers part.
An exploitation film for people who love Wacky Races. I never expected to love this movie as much as I did
Please tell me there are other cheapie exploitation flicks this inventive, this energetic, this satirical, this hilarious. Also, for a top notch example of how to do exposition, watch the first five minutes. (Actually, watch the whole thing.)
This is one of my favorite movies ever. It'd been a while since I'd seen it I guess. Living in the world of "reality television", it's amazing how much this movie got right. Including little things, like the naked rubdown in the hotel. I'm sure Paul Bartel, Charles B. Griffith and Roger Corman were just thinking of getting a lot of skin on-screen, but that exact kind of fakey staged "intimate moment" that plays awkwardly is exactly the kind of thing they do... probably for similar reasons to what Bartel, Griffith and Corman were going for.
So, like, yeah.
My Dad used to have a point system for mowing down pedestrians (not that he actually did it, he was just dreaming out loud). It wasn't until I saw this movie as a teenager that I realized he was emulating the Transcontinental Road Race.
Double feature: this and Escape from L.A.
A pretty silly, but also pretty fun, exploitation film. It has the feeling of being a half-baked idea that never totally comes together and it's not filmed particularly well. But I'd watch it over Hunger Games any day.
Ridiculous violence and depraved humor. Utter exploitation trash.
In other words, 5 stars!
Lord knows the movie has flaws and it's not perfect by any means. That's why it'd be ripe for a GOOD remake, something that has never happened, unfortunately. Yet, I am still able to enjoy the movie for the wacky performances, the goofy and yet great musical score, the violence, and the commentary on politics and the media (the latter still holds true today after this week...).
Besides, where else can you hear someone get insulted by being called "a very large baked potato" and get to see a character like Junior Bruce, played by real life DJ The Real Don Steele?
Ridiculously violent and about 40 different kinds of fun. Watch this now, you'll love it!
Could have benefited from more graphic violence, but a solid effort nonetheless. David Carradine once again reveals his seemingly limitless range of emotion, and small children would scramble to ride shotgun with kingdaddycool!
Two Thumbs Up!
This week Forest reviews the ridiculously over-budget 2012 blockbuster Battleship, while Cory takes the low road by talking about the ultra low budget Death Race 2000.
Also, in this weeks podcast, Forest calls himself a pretentious bag of dicks and gains psychic powers because of it, while Cory. .
. fixes his computer. . . Cory is one boring dude.
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