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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.
Death Race 2000 is a great classic must see B-Movie. It comes from an era when the film industry strived on low budget films that were directed by anyone with ambition to make a film, as long as they could find the money to do so. And because of this film movement; amazing actors, directors, and producers crawled out of the woodwork and were immediately discovered by Hollywood. Paul Bartel ('Eating Raoul', 'Private Parts’, and ‘Cannonball!’) directs this film with the help of legendary producer Roger Corman, to fund and present the film.
America is in a dystopian future and everyone across the nation is glued to their television sets watching the new sensational sport, The Transcontinental Road Race. Five…
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A stupid gore flick masquerading as political satire. The blood that appears in many parts of this film appears to be either ketchup or acrylic paint. I recommend it.
The most insane plot of the week goes to this one, following a race in the dystopian year 2000 that is won by whoever kills more people on the road to Los Angeles. A classic Corman-produced cult film that couldn't be more fun if it tried. Starring a young Stallone and David Carradine, there is plenty of violence, naked ladies and twists so bizarre that it becomes impossible to predict, this is one for the late night crowd. Even with the ridiculous material and awful production design, there are some genuinely inspired moments of technical brilliance and the fact it was shot on such an obviously low-budget makes it very hard not to like.
That nazi chick was hot.. for a fascist.
Ohmygosh this movie was so 70's I almost exploded. The "special effects ie; the hand grenade," that scene almost made me pee myself it was so cheesy. If I hadn't already known what year the movie was made, I could have easily dated it just by the acting. The characters were either way over the top or completely stale. God bless the 70's. I love it so much.
Death Race 2000 is the perfect movie to just sit back and make fun of. In that way it is very entertaining.
There are some movies you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. DEATH RACE 2000 is one of those movies. The premise is that it is the year 2000. The US is being ran by a corrupt president that lives abroad. There is an annual transcontinental race from New York to New Los Angeles. The rules of the race are never made perfectly clear, but you want to finish first, but along the way you can run over people and score points that impact the overall result.
Basically this is a dystopian CANNONBALL RUN. It is ridiculous and raunchy. It stars Sylvester Stallone as a Chicago gangster stereotype and David Carradine as a gimp-esque character named Frankenstein.
I was surprised at the quality of the film making. The movie looked great, even though it was filming outrageous things. I noticed that Tak Fujimoto was the cinematographer. That makes sense.
"You can expect a victory from a member of the master race: a woman."
A crazy, over the top, heavy-handed B-movie that never takes itself seriously and is a total blast from start to finish. I had a lot of fun watching this.
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