Death Race 2000

This is a 1975 film starring David Carradine and produced by Roger Corman.

The opening title of the film says a lot about the film…

… cheaply made and probably a bit amateurish.

And it was indeed made on the cheap. Wikipedia says it was made for either US$300,000 or $530,000, but it made either five or eight million.

Apart from David Carradine the only other notable actor was Sylvester Stallone in only his fifth film.

The story was about a race across the U.S. between five cars with a driver and navigator. The driver could get points along the way for killing people. The race was endorsed by the president, who in the dystopian future of the year 2000 ruled the country under a totalitarian regime. He also resided in China for some reason. The sworn enemy of the U.S. was France!

A group of rebels though tried to sabotage the race, and the granddaughter of the leader was able to become a navigator for “Frankenstein”, the national hero driver dressed in a black leather suit (David Carradine). The government controlled media covering the race would blame any attacks on the race on the French.

So it was basically a black and murderous comedy version of The Cannonball Run. It was actually quite funny in places, mostly because it was absurd or just plain silly. For most of the car chase scenes they pushed the 2x button to make it look faster.

While watching it was thinking that Arnold would been great in a late 1980’s remake, perhaps just after Running Man…oh, what could have been.

Date watched: January 25th
Score: 7/10
Film count 2018: 4

DEATH RACE 2000, David Carradine, 1975

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