***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
Wow! I never would have expected that I'd get anywhere close to 100 likes on this…
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…
"I happen to hold the power of life and death."
"Oh yeah? I happen to hold the clam sauce."
Surpriginsly I was allowed to watch and own this VHS when I was kid (my parents where quite liberal with what films I could watch - they know I had a good sense of processing what I saw), and I found the film enjoyable even then even though it's low-budget was clear even then (I just mean't it was not a flashy movie so could have potentially not held my interest) as an adult I digged it even more, especially when I came to enjoy some of the people involved here in there own right such as director Paul Bartel, and performers such a Mary Woronov.
This is how you do
Exploitation movies: cars,
Death, and a few tits.
One of the best new world pictures film
In a dystopian future, the United States have become a dictatorship where an all-powerful President rules from abroad and keeps the people happy by sponsoring an ultra-violent transcontinental car race where the winner has to kill as many pedestrians as he/she can in order to accumulate points. But there is a resistance movement brewing and they have plans to disrupt the race.
Ultra-low budget movie (it is after all a Roger Corman brainchild) that is part exploitation flick and part political satire. It largely succeeds because the script has its tongue permanently planted on its cheek and the actors are appropriately over the top without being campy. Especially Stallone, who is deliciously good as the caricature of a Chicago mobster,…
Pure and total mayhem that's Death Race 2000 in a nutshell and boy is it fun. Both David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone are brilliant in this and they both play off each other brilliantly, It is quite clear why this is a cult classic.
Film #24 of the “Scavenger Hunt 4" Challenge
Task 24. A film featuring futuristic deadly games/ death sports! (Films like Rollerball, Battle Royale, The Hunger Games, The Running Man, Death Race 2000)
The original list: letterboxd.com/naughty/list/scavenger-hunt-4/detail/
My list: letterboxd.com/gigasitea/list/scavenger-hunt-4/
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
8 out of 10.
Film #8 of Scavenger Hunt #4 Challenge
Task #24: A film featuring futuristic deadly games/death sports!
This was a pretty enjoyable dystopian death sport movie. It had its good and its bad moments, but for the most part I liked it. The effects are pretty good for its time, but I was surprised that all the deaths are pretty underwhelming. The television news anchors and Sylvester Stallone's character were hilarious all the way through. I enjoyed some of the places it went to comment on American culture and entertainment and politics (and maybe on human nature?), but I really don't think that the movie cared too much about making a point or it wasn't great at making it if it had one. The ending was a bit of a letdown and really baffled me. But I think that in terms of pure entertainment, it certainly does its job.
***EDIT (March 30, 2014)***
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…