Friday, October 21, 2016

When Kill Bill and Rocky Went on The Fury Road, or Thoughts on Death Race 2000

Like those dystopian alternate futures where the christian-fascist government keeps the population passive and distracted with blood sports on TV?  Look no further than the Roger Corman's original Death Race 2000 (1975), featuring a cross-country race with armored cars and a point system for killing pedestrians (teens are 40 points but killing a senior is worth a 100).
David Carradine at the height of his fame is Frankenstein, the nation’s favorite driver, so named because he’s rumored to be hideously scarred from all of his car crashes, when in fact he’s merely David Carradine in a black vinyl gimp suit.  There’s also Mary Woronov from The Lords of Salem (2012) and The House of The Devil (2009) as Calamity Jane, in a western themed car and a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone as Machine Gun Joe, stealing every scene he’s in.  And watch out for the underground movement (there's always an underground movement) sabotaging the race with Wile E. Coyote detours, led by Thomasina Paine as portrayed by Harriet Medin, who went on to have bit parts in The Terminator (1981) and The Witches of Eastwick (1987).
With Hunger Games/Purge-esque distractions on national TV with a dash of The Running Man (1987) and Escape From New York (1981), Death Race 2000 was subversive and ahead of its times and received 0 stars from Roger Ebert in 1975.  There’s also a surprising amount of skin for a dystopian action thriller (you can thank Roger Corman for that), and if you’ve ever wanted to see David Carradine in Speedos, this is the movie for you. 
Legendary B-movie producer Roger Corman was responsible for The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), the original The Fast and the Furious (1955) and The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957), in addition to kick starting the careers for Ron Howard (Grand Theft Auto, 1977), Francis Ford Coppola (Battle Beyond the Sun 1962), Martin Scorsese (Boxcar Bertha 1972) James Cameron (Battle Beyond the Stars, 1980), Peter Bogdanovitch, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women 1968), Jonathan Demme, (Angels Hard as They Come 1971) and Gale Anne Hurd.



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