Death Race 2000 [Celluloid Hero]
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Roger Corman is a B-movie legend. His movies are a mix of violence, silliness, and sex. Death Race 2000 takes those three elements and blends them in a perfectly terrible way. B-movies are often so bad they’re good, and this is the case.
The movie takes place in the distant future, the year 2000. It’s always fantastic to watch movies from the past and see what they think the future will be like. DR2K didn’t try to make a believable prediction, instead making an exaggerated American dystopia were violence rules.
David Carradine plays “Frankenstein”, a surgically engineered racecar driver and the fan favorite. Sylvester Stallone plays his main rival, along with three other racers. The object of the race is to get from New York City to Los Angeles as quickly as possible, while killing as many people as possible.
The satire may have been lost at the time, but it’s turned out to be a fairly accurate projection of where our society would be. We do love violence and blood and gratuitous nudity. We have become mostly desensitized to televising all those things. Obviously we don’t watch actual murders on television, but we watch real violence in the news, we watch MMA fights, some of us watch racing to see the crashes.
If you watch a Corman movie (or any of this genre) expecting great acting or great writing or great directing, you’ll be disappointed. If you just want to sit back and enjoy a bad movie with an absurd plot, eye-rolling acting and plenty of sex & violence, Death Race 200 is worth your time.
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On the [Celluloid Hero] scale, “Death Race 2000″ gets a 5 out of 10.