DEATH RACE 2000
Director Paul Bartel (EATING RAOUL) made this spoofy futuristic bloodsport film on a shoestring budget for Roger Corman's New World Pictures in 1975 (coincidentally, the same year as United Artists' much bigger but comparatively less-loved ROLLERBALL), which went on to become a significant hit and enduring cult classic. Following the World Crash of 1979, the U.S. devolved into anarchy and economic collapse. By the year 2000, it is ruled by a totalitarian regime that can barely deliver basic services to its populace, but it does deliver the annual Transcontinental Road Race, where murderous motorists drive souped-up killer cars from New York to "New Los Angeles," accumulating points for their pedestrian kills along the way. This year's race features the reigning champion "Frankenstein" (David Carradine), a veteran driver with the scars to prove it; "Machine Gun" Joe Viturbo (a pre-ROCKY Sylvester Stallone), "loved by thousands, hated by millions"; "Calamity Jane" (Mary Woronov), "Matilda the Hun" (Roberta Collins) and "Nero the Hero" (Martin Kove). Outrageous action sequences and wonderfully ridiculous dialogue abound. DIR Paul Bartel; SCR Robert Thom, Charles B. Griffith, from the story "The Racer" by Ib Melchior; PROD Roger Corman. U.S., 1975, color, 80 min. RATED R
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