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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…
A campy cult classic that balances silliness, satire and social commentary just right.
You absolutely have to respect a movie that doesn't waste a single second on unnecessary explanation to keep the audience from having fun every second of the run time. You get the basic gist of the world and the characters, but it allows you to connect most of the dots while it gets you right in the action and exploitation. Rockin' ass cars, a cynical sense of humor, and fantastic characters creates pure joy for me.
I'd also like to point out the on-the-nose satire of society the film has a decade before Robocop became lauded for the same reason.
there are some really excellent moments in here
Death Race 2000 is a bloody and most romantic dystopian b-movie. It's got Roger Corman sensibilities, tons of quotable dialog, and clever cultural references. After rewatching Rock 'n' Roll High School, and recently seeing this and Targets, I realize that I need to dive deeper into the New World Pictures/Roger Corman milieu.
David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone as "Machine Gun" Joe, and bewbs! This movie is a ton of cheesy fun and I can't help but LOVE it! Cars that inspired games like Twisted Metal and Carmageddon race cross-country, where they score points based on how many innocent civilians they kill. This is B-movie exploitation at its very best, watch Sylvester Stallone punch women and nurses pushing the elderly out into the middle of the road to be run over. Definitely check this one out, you'll never think of hand grenades the same way again!
Text book definition of so bad it's good
I'm not crazy: this film is way more ambitious than it looks to be on the surface. It's not nearly just goofy anarchism and fun explosions.
It has been several years since I have seen this. When I had heard that they were doing a remake, I was quite intrigued. They shouldn't of bothered. It fails to have the magic of this one. While this one does have problems and doesn't hold up quite that well, it's still a fun movie. And how can you have a death race with out the running over of innocent people for points? That was a fairly big part of this movie. But like I said, this is a fun watch. Stalone was interesting to watch as Machinegun Joe. And of course, David Carradine is great as well. Set aside some plot holes and some questionable scenes of why people would be just out wondering around on a day of the race(like the little boy pushing a tire), it is just a cool movie.
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