Death Race 2000 (1975) – Movie Review
Whether they be, B Scifi or B Horror movies… (to name a few), Roger Corman (Queen Of Blood) is an amazing filmmaker whose name can literally be attached to over 400 hundred amazing and truly classic B Movies!
Besides the fact that this legendary filmmaker has made a surprising amount of movies in his career, but he also helped in a major way to further along some of Hollywood’s A list of the 1980s and 1990s, including such names as, Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables) and Ron Howard (Apollo 13)
I have been following his work in depth for the last few years (since I discovered who he was a few years ago when watching, Queen Of Blood).
It turns out that the first movie that I saw that he had ever done was a movie that Mr. Corman produced in 1975, that my father had recommended to me many years ago… That movie is the true classic, Death Race 2000 (1975)!
Written by: Robert Thom (Wild In The Streets) & Charles B. Griffith (A Bucket Of Blood), Directed by: Paul Bartel (Escape From L.A.). Starring: David Carradine (Kung Fu), Simone Griffeth (Swamp Girl), Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov (Warlock), Roberta Collins (Eaten Alive), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid) and Don Steele (Gremlins)
This movie which was remade in 2008 with Jason Statham (Safe), this movie tells the story of a future world where after the world’s governments have collapsed, the United States Of America, is now known as the United Provinces Of America.
This government is a totalitarian government that is controlled by Mr. President, (Played by: Sandy McCallum).
One of the way that this new American government is able to maintain control over the populace is that they, hold a coast to coast free for all race called, ‘The Trans-Continental Road Race’
In this race, all sort of unsavory elements are allowed to become racers, (including Nazis!) And if a racer kills some one on the road with their vehicle, then they get points for every man, woman or child that they kill!
During this latest race though, the prime resistance group in the United Provinces Of America, that wishes to restore the United States government, has installed a mole as the navigator for the biggest racer in the world by the name of, Frankenstein (Carradine), whose mission it is to help sabotage the race and put it out of business!
The only thing is, is that this navigator will end up getting more then she ever bargained for!
In the end I couldn’t say one truly classic element of this movie, because when it comes down to it, the truth is, is that this movie had some great acting from everyone, and it was great to see some classic eighties actors in early roles (including, David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone and Martin Kove!)
There was some fun special effects that were very reminiscent of the special effects from back then! As for this story, (which was based on the story by Ib Melchoir (Reptilicus). The story was fun, with a great concept, some shockingly amazing character development (considering the low budget nature of the movie).
Definitely in my opinion, a movie worth watching, and for you collectors out there, this movie is definitely worth owning as well!