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July 7, 2011

Flicks: Death Race 2000 (1975)

In the futuristic of year of 2000 road rage is America's fastest flowing blood sport.

The original Death Race 2000 (1975) remains an awesome Roger Corman fantasy-violence epic. Death Race stars Sylvester Stallone, before Rocky and Rambo, as Machine Gun Joe while Kung Fu and Kill Bill's David Carradine stars as the eccentric cyborg Frankenstein - the movie also co-stars Mary Woronov whose credits include Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972), Chopping Mall (1986) and Prison-A-Go-Go! (2003).

Tons of unnecessary neo-Apocalyptic heavy shit takes place in an American dictatorship where all out Vehicular Manslaughter is the country's most revered sport. In fact, the Death Race takes place in the city streets of America, where racers battle for points by making Kills. These Kills are dutifully recorded in the best of CBS's Wide World of Sports telegraphics tradition with a scoreboard that contains outlines of deceased nurses, the elderly and of course fellow Death Race drivers.

This script comes from long-time exploitation writer Charles Griffith, who started working with Corman on the wretched Monster From The Sea Floor (1954). Griffith's screen play takes a campy approach into state-sanctioned Vehicular Manslaughter as a society wide spectator sport.

IMDB, Death Race 2000 (1975)
Wikipedia, Death Race 2000
IMDB, Writer Charles Griffith

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