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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.
Trump's America 2019:
A superhero, teenage girl who is the chosen one, retired/amnesiac CIA agent, digital face ghost, and a raunchy frat man-bro rack up points mowing down illegal immigrants, Syrian refugees, liberal-leaning reporters, "outspoken" women, and other enemies of the state in souped-up, kustom kar death mobiles. Ryan Seacrest narrates the carmageddon, and The President blames political interference on the sniveling socialist French.
Seriously, this movie could be remade (again!) with very few changes and still ring eerily true in this day and age of reality television cartoon American politics. Laugh until it hurts, people!
Shout out to MVP Don Steele as the announcer for setting the loud, abrasive, over the top tone for the duration of the movie.…
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…
In the dystopian future, America is a totalitarian state and the biggest sporting event of the year is the Death Race, where drivers in souped up killer cars go across the USA, scoring points by killing bystanders along the way.
Roger Corman's cult classic sci-fi black comedy features a great cast including David Carradine, Mary Woronov, and even a young Sly Stallone. This flick never gets old!
Could've been so cool but seriously lacks stunts and otherwise exciting action. Story wise it's sort of okay but the entire thing has some major logical errors. This is supposed to be a movie where you don't care about that. One star for Stallone, one star for the premise.
this film is a dear friend of mine
It was terrific to see this projected on a wall inside Richmond's Hardywood Brewery, and even better to hear an introduction from Beverly Gray, one of Roger Corman's assistants! She said that Corman excised some of Paul Bartel's humor, which is a shame, as that is the strongest aspect of this film.
Oh dear. What an awful film. I will watch anything that has Stallone in it, being a huge fan of him but this film is just bad in so many aspects, but still is is entertaining in a way. Don't take it seriously and it has its own element of fun.
I'll watch anything with Stallone and gimp boys!
It's exactly what you think it is.
Or Wacky Races: The Movie.
Much wittier & funnier than I expected, also just a blast, this movie is just gorgeous to look at & while it revels in its own b-movie violence & gore, it does that to make a point (one it unfortunately hammers home at the very end with a "this is the point" type of dialogue), plus it' makes for some great action (The shot when Calamity Jane is getting her car fixed by her navigator & Matilda is coming to kill her navigator is just wow.) Pre-Rocky Sly Stallone is so funny in this going full camp gangster but it works for his character ("I TOLD YOU TO STOP PLAYING THAT DAMN MUSIC") & Carradine's personality fits so perfectly for Frankenstein. What a great time.
This film's less than 80 minutes long! Perfect! Roger Corman and Paul Bartel team up for high-speed, low-rent, bad-taste thrills and comedy, and I really enjoyed it. Plot's simple - race to the finish line and knock down as many people as you can in the process. Bonus points for killing toddlers and the elderly!
The evil dojo master from The Karate Kid's in it, but he's nowhere near as cruel here, even though he tries to run over a baby for points. That gives you an idea of just how fucking evil he really is in the Karate Kid. Honestly, I hated him in that film, especially with all that 'sweep the leg' business.
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