HEAVY MIDNITES: Death Race 2000

Roger Corman’s depraved drive-in hit is revving its engine, ready to plow through an audience of die-hard midnight maniacs! So get set for the Transcontinental Road Race, a lethal coast-to-coast, no-holds-barred orgy of fast cars and flattened bodies (points are not just scored for speed, but for the number of innocent pedestrians killed) in mankind’s greatest sporting event ever. Drivers David Carradine, Sylvester Stallone, Roberta Collins, The Karate Kid’s Martin Kove and cult movie icon Mary Woronov are putting the pedal to the metal, on the run to outmaneuver not just one another but also groups of activists willing to do whatever it takes to stop our barbaric heroes. A biting satire on America’s thirst for violence, director Paul “Eating Raoul” Bartel’s update of sci-fi legend Ib Melchior’s story is as pitch black as it is blood red, beautifully shot by Tak Fujimoto (fresh off Malick’s Badlands), fine-tuned to optimum performance by ace editor Tina Hirsch, and gloriously well-deserved of its infamous Ebert zero-star review denouncing the film for being in “poor taste, unnecessarily gratuitous in both nudity and violence.” In our words, a classic.
Dir. Paul Bartel, 1975, 35mm, 80 min.

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