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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.
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…
Just one giant tasty piece of exploitation pie and the funniest role Sylvester Stallone has ever played. Wasn't there a new Carmageddon video game announced some years back? Where is that? Maybe I just have to get me one of these cars.
It's a really interesting and creative movie. This film embodies characteristics of a distopian future, a spy thriller, an adrenaline fueled "man's-movie", a statement on the effects of popular culture on society and a sexploitation film. Big name actors like David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone are enough to keep an audience riveted in the consisted drama and action. This is one of those movies that you wouldn't want to leave to use the bathroom.
One of the better known cult drive-in pictures of the 1970s, the sci-fi action satire DEATH RACE 2000 is a prime example of producer Roger Corman's notorious penny-pinching philosophy... and the double-edged sword that philosophy could sometimes prove to be.
The film — made for as little as $350,000 — was a major box-office success, justifying Corman's approach (at least to the accountants), but the painfully cheap production design works against it as a viewing experience. The clever dark humor and prescient vision of a future dystopian America obsessed with violent "reality" TV is often undermined by the cardboard and plastic world it conjures. Action scenes, too, suffer because of Corman's economy; since the rad-looking race cars were actually built…
You know Myra, some people might think you're cute. But me, I think you're one very large baked potato.
Boobs. Blood. Action. Cool cars. Naked massages open to reporters. The original(?) dystopian competition to the death. And the Cobra Kai Sensei from Karate Kid, Sylvester Stallone, and Bill from Kill Bill are in a race where they get points for killing people on a cross country race course. So, yeah, pretty much the best movie ever.
This movie was made in 1975 and somehow Carradine looks older than he did 24 years later in Kill Bill.
Mad Max and The Running Man travel back in time and birth their own absurd father.
Literally everything wrong with 1975.
The tug of war between Carradine and Stallone isn't that compelling, and some of the gags aren't shocking or funny enough. But it's great at those basest of movie pleasures, and the script adds mileage to the senseless ultraviolence with its satirical points.
For fans of:
Heavy Handed Satire
Practical Stunt work
... Me, I guess
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