4/13/11

Deathsport (1978)

In the Year 3000 There'll Be No More Olympic Games, World Series, or Superbowl...

Deathsport
Do you like motorcycle chases?  Do you like to see shit get blown up?  Well, do I have a movie for you.  Deathsport is Roger Corman's attempt to cash in on the success of David Carradine's previous film, Death Race 2000.  From the title and poster art, one would expect this film to be about a post-apocalyptic gladiatorial game involving motorcycles but that is only partly true.  The actual deathsport plays a minor part in the first half of the movie only.  There are still lots of motorcycle chases and explosions and deaths, just not in an arena.  Oh, and did I mention that Roger Corman stole the sound effects from Star Wars and used them for this movie?   What a guy.

After the great Neutron War, humanity has mostly been destroyed except for three races: the civilized city dwellers known as "statesmen," the wild warriors called "range guides" and some flesh eating mutants.  The insane ruler of of the statesman sees the range guides as threats and has them killed or arrested to fight in the deathsport on motorcycles that shoot lasers and sound like TIE fighters.  David Carradine and Claudia Jennings play range guides who escape from the game, rescue a kidnapped child and try to stop the statesman dictator from taking control of fuel resources and expanding his rule.  Doesn't that sound awesome?  It is...  sort of!

"I don't need a safeword."
This is a Roger Corman film so don't expect too much from it.  This isn't Star Wars, after all.  It's a campy science-fiction movie with lots of action and a substantial amount of boobage.  In other words, watch it drunk.



Violence Rating:  3.5 out of 5
Booby Rating:  3 out of 5  





29 comments:

amBored said...

that last pic made me smile .. yeah I like motorcycle chases and exploding stuff as well

The Angry Lurker said...

It's a long time since I've seen this but I do believe I had fond memories but I was also a lot younger.

D4 said...

Stole the sound effects from Star Wars you say. Well that should sound interesting.

Shutterbug said...

Guys that ride motorbikes are sexy! ;)

Kicking Rocks said...

i want a motorcycle like that!

Aaron M. Gipson said...

LMAO, of COURSE David Carradine is in this movie. You gotta love that whacked out sword too. I loved the original Death Race (the new one was a bit...meh), and I could watch Carradine read a phone book and be entertaines. Definitely going on the hunt for this one.

Bart said...

wth do i need a picnic table for? heh i havent seen this movie ine so long that i almost forgot about it

ed said...

the lasers are cool, big ass swords too

thenitefalls said...

haha that guy has quite the imagination to write this movie with the same star wars effects lol. Might just watch it for the explosions and cheesiness haha

Colin B said...

LASER SHOOTING MOTORCYCLES? sign me up

Joe BB said...

I love this film. I saw it late night in NY last summer.

Astronomy Pirate said...

Sounds like an instant family classic. I've always wondered what a motorcycle would sounds like in the year 3000, and I guess like a TIE fighter is as good as it gets.

Rob said...

this seems to be a movie of high caliber! I must view it

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BTN Hip Hop said...

hahaha i love this shit

Biff Tanner said...

God this movie rocks.

Lemmiwinks said...

great post as always

Malkavian said...

Sounds like a Great movie man. Starwars and motorcycle races with Gladiators. Sounds insane

Zombie said...

Looks cheesier than a grilled cheese sammitch!

Jay said...

what if is say no and no? ;)

G said...

I love these old classics (:

Major.Mack said...

gotta love this shit :)

meandmythinkingcap said...

This one spoof??!!

A Hermit said...

I love stuff like this

Brut said...

This is movie is awesome!

MuteMath Fan (& news junkie too!) said...

I have to see this! It looks epic!

DYLON said...

this looks insane. action packed shit turned up to 11!

JayPower said...

this movie looks ill, cant wait to check it ;D

Alphabeta said...

Bikes bombs and boobs.
What more do you want from a movie?

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