Plot: In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill’s brutality.

Review: I only watched this for the first time recently and despite being very dated, Death Race 2000 still has a lot going for it.

Although I preferred the Jason Statham (sort of) remake, I can understand why people like this more as it’s a hell of a lot ballsier. There are moments in this movie where you aren’t sure whether you should laugh or be shocked, especially with the racers getting points for running people over.

So men, women and children of all ages are targets and the “Euthanasia Day” scene was definitely one of the more shockingly funny moments.

It still has the same themes of Americans loving violence and was almost a precursor to reality TV. The character of Frankenstein is played by David Carradine and although his outfit is hilarious by today’s standards, he still manages to be pretty cool and is a more layered character than you’d maybe expect.

Sylvester Stallone practically steals the entire movie though as Machine Gun Joe Viterbo; he’s pretty scary as the psycho racer and made me think he should play villains more often. I’m certainly intrigued to see what he will do with his upcoming gangster movie Scarpa.

The movie has plenty of nudity and violence which is always a plus but you might question yourself for laughing at a few scenes.

In terms of action, the entire movie is essentially one big car chase, although a lot of the scenes are sped up to make it look like the cars are going faster than they are. There is a fight scene between Carradine and Stallone which isn’t really anything to write home about.

The music is hilariously dated and the movie in general doesn’t really hold up well but there’s enough to make it worth checking out for curiosity.

I wouldn’t really compare it to to Statham’s Death Race as it’s a very different film from a very different era but for me both films have their merits.

Overall, Death Race 2000 is shockingly funny in parts with a stand-out performance from Stallone but the civilians getting killed may put a lot of viewers off… not me though because I’m weird.

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel

I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it’s a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.