Alright, we’ve got to admit right off the bat that “Death Race 2000” (1975) surprised us in more ways than one. But the most important surprise, at least in terms of this blog, was that is wasn’t actually a bad movie.
The cult classic is set a dystopian future, featuring a cross-country automobile race that requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill’s brutality.
We get to see David Carradine in the lead, and a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone, who shows off some of his first on-screen incoherent yelling.
It’s not a bad film, and in fact, there are certainly some out there who would even regard it as a great film. This really surprised us, because of producer Roger Corman’s reputation in the bad movie biz (although it should be mentioned that he had a hand in a lot of really excellent movies as well).
Also, the more recent “Death Race” reboots are pretty bad by most peoples’ standards, and so we foolishly assumed that the original must have been bad as well, despite some favorable reviews we’d seen online.
The film is a satire on the world’s obsession with violence and pop culture. At least that’s how perceived it. The violence is all b-movie fun, riddled with blood and explosions.
Since we actually liked the movie, we’re not going to assign it a rating on the Cage-O-Meter. But don’t worry, we’re planning on reviewing a well-known bad movie next time, so all will be well in our world of splendidly awful movies.
Main Authors: Brandon Semler and Jared Kirk