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10th Jun '12 9:37:06 PM PaulA
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''Damnation Alley'' is a 1977 science-fiction thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world.

WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Air Force missile base survive the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.

The [=LandMaster=] prop is arguably the best thing in this movie, and went on to have almost as long [[PropRecycling a career in cinema]] as the human star, Jan-Michael Vincent.

Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent novel of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.

!!The movie contains examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Only one [=LandMaster=] was actually built for the movie. One of the "twins" gets destroyed early on.
* AfterTheEnd
* AlienSky
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: The cockroaches
* BaseOnWheels
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Somewhat subverted in that he's not the first to die, but he doesn't come close to surviving the trip either. The fact he is played by Paul Winfield assures his fate.
* CoolCar: If the [=LandMaster=] can be called a "car".
* CosyCatastrophe: The people of Albany have apparently been doing quite well despite the catastrophe.
* DuringTheWar
* SafeZoneHopeSpot: Blithely subverted with Albany.
* ScaryScorpions: Giant mutated ones make a brief appearance.
* TheSwarm: The cockroaches again.
* ThereWasADoor: The [=LandMaster=] is used to blast into and out of a parking garage.

!!The novel contains examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolName
* AfterTheEnd: ''Damnation Alley'' is steeped with post-apocalyptic visions, from the forlorn decaying towns to the very air which churns in constant turmoil, ripping apart anything rising up more than a couple of stories.
* BadassBiker
* BikerBabe: Cornelia/Corny
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas / ThickerThanWater
* HeroicSociopath
* MeaningfulName
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PercussivePrevention: Hell gives his brother a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, breaking some bones in the process, to prevent him making the run.

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''Damnation Alley'' is a 1977 science-fiction thriller set in a post-apocalyptic world.

WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Air Force missile base survive
may refer to:

* ''Literature/DamnationAlley'',
the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, novel
* ''Film/DamnationAlley'',
the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.

The [=LandMaster=] prop is arguably the best thing in this movie, and went on to have almost as long [[PropRecycling a career in cinema]] as the human star, Jan-Michael Vincent.

Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent novel of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.

!!The movie contains examples of:

* ActingForTwo: Only one [=LandMaster=] was actually built for the movie. One of the "twins" gets destroyed early on.
* AfterTheEnd
* AlienSky
* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: The cockroaches
* BaseOnWheels
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Somewhat subverted in that he's not the first to die, but he doesn't come close to surviving the trip either. The fact he is played by Paul Winfield assures his fate.
* CoolCar: If the [=LandMaster=] can be called a "car".
* CosyCatastrophe: The people of Albany have apparently been doing quite well despite the catastrophe.
* DuringTheWar
* SafeZoneHopeSpot: Blithely subverted with Albany.
* ScaryScorpions: Giant mutated ones make a brief appearance.
* TheSwarm: The cockroaches again.
* ThereWasADoor: The [=LandMaster=] is used to blast into and out of a parking garage.

!!The novel contains examples of:

* AwesomeMcCoolName
* AfterTheEnd: ''Damnation Alley'' is steeped with post-apocalyptic visions, from the forlorn decaying towns to the very air which churns in constant turmoil, ripping apart anything rising up more than a couple of stories.
* BadassBiker
* BikerBabe: Cornelia/Corny
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas / ThickerThanWater
* HeroicSociopath
* MeaningfulName
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast
* PercussivePrevention: Hell gives his brother a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, breaking some bones in the process, to prevent him making the run.
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2nd Mar '12 9:34:52 AM Jake18
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* CosyCatastrophe: The people of Albany have apparently been doing quite well despite the catastrophe.


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* SafeZoneHopeSpot: Blithely subverted with Albany.
14th Jan '12 12:06:38 AM TBoaz
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WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Army base survive the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.

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WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Army Air Force missile base survive the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.
16th Oct '11 2:30:59 AM Geoduck
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* ActingForTwo: Only one [=LandMaster=] was actually built for the movie. One of the "twins" gets destroyed early on.



* AlienSky



* BlackDudeDiesFirst: At least he survived the aforementioned accident..

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: At least he survived Somewhat subverted in that he's not the aforementioned accident..first to die, but he doesn't come close to surviving the trip either. The fact he is played by Paul Winfield assures his fate.
* CoolCar: If the [=LandMaster=] can be called a "car".




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* ThereWasADoor: The [=LandMaster=] is used to blast into and out of a parking garage.


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* AwesomeMcCoolName
25th Apr '11 1:25:34 PM Geoduck
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Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent novella of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.

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Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent novella novel of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.



* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: Cockroaches

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* AttackOfTheKillerWhatever: CockroachesThe cockroaches



* TheSwarm: The killer cockroaches.

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* TheSwarm: The killer cockroaches.
cockroaches again.
8th Mar '11 6:57:24 PM Kari
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* BikerBabe: Cornelia/Corny
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas / ThickerThanWater
* HeroicSociopath


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* PercussivePrevention: Hell gives his brother a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown, breaking some bones in the process, to prevent him making the run.
17th Feb '11 4:54:51 AM Geoduck
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Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent short story of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.

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Very [[InNameOnly vaguely inspired]] by the excellent short story novella of the same name by RogerZelazny, in which Hell Tanner, the last Hell's Angel, is hired/coerced into driving across a post-apocalyptic {{Dystopia}}n US to deliver a desperately needed vaccine.
1st Feb '11 6:17:38 PM PaulA
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WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Army base survive the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.

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WorldWarIII happens. The crew at a remote US Army base survive the war, but following an accident which kills several of them and destroys most of their supplies, the remainder decide to make their way across the country to the only part of the USA that is still inhabitable. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is a narrow strip of not-quite lethal wasteland, dubbed by the leader of the expedition as "Damnation Alley." " As the name suggests, it's no picnic. They set out in two "[=LandMaster=]" armored vehicles, encountering various dangers and other survivors as they travel east.



* NightmareFuel: The cockroaches.



* SpecialEffectFailure: Several examples.
1st Feb '11 6:16:34 PM PaulA
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* AfterTheEnd: ''Damnation Alley'' is steeped with post-apocalyptic visions, from the forlorn decaying towns to the very air which churns in constant turmoil, ripping apart anything rising up more than a couple of stories.
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