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In a dystopian society in the distant future ([[{{Zeerust}} At the time]]) of the [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture year 2000]], a new national sport was declared. A group of specifically selected professional race car drivers are recruited to take part in a race...with a twist - instead of seeing who can make it to the finish line, the competitors are required to score points by [[KillEmAll running over as many people as possible]], with different levels of points allocated to different age groups ([[WouldHurtAChild Guess which type gets the second-highest addition to your score...]]). The competitor with the highest score wins. [[VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}} Sound familiar?]]

''Death Race 2000'' is a 1975 action movie from the mind of the king of [[{{BMovie}} B-movies]] himself, Creator/RogerCorman, based off the short story ''The Racer'' by Ib Melchior. Although RogerEbert gave this movie zero stars when he reviewed it, the campy style, over-the-top mayhem and fantastic actors (David Carradine and Creator/SylvesterStallone for starters) have made this movie into one of the definitive examples of a CultClassic, and should definitely be watched by anyone with the slightest interest in just sitting back, relaxing and just enjoying some mindless fun with some wonderful set-pieces in play.

Received [[Film/DeathRace a remake]] in 2008, which went for the DarkerAndEdgier option, and set itself up as a semi-prequel. The cinematic SpiritualSuccessor to ''Death Race 2000'', however, was not the official remake, but Creator/TheAsylum's [[TheMockbuster Mockbuster]] ''DeathRacers'', which retained the dark comedy of ''Death Race 2000''.
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!!Examples within the film:
* AllGermansAreNazis: German-Americans in this case. Matilda The Hun is announced as being from UsefulNotes/{{Milwaukee}}, a city known for its German heritage.
* ArtificialLimbs: Frankenstein has supposedly been in so many wrecks, he's [[Film/ReturnOfTheJedi more machine now, than man]].
* AxCrazy: Joe Viterbo, nicknamed "Machine Gun Joe". The dude fires his machine gun at the audience for booing him.
* BMovie: Low budget and shot on a short schedule like all Corman flicks, and using mostly unknowns.
%%* BabyBoomers
* BadassCape: Frankenstein, along with his full cover black outfit cut a really intimidating figure.
* BillingDisplacement: Most modern DVD releases put Stallone either in top billing, or sometimes even by himself on the cover. He plays a major character in the movie, but is not the main focus.
* BlackComedy:
** [[CrossesTheLineTwice Babies score the second-highest value]]. The bracket group is referred to as "toddlers under the age of 12," but the graphic used to represent such group is a baby in a diaper.
** A lot of the punchlines are murder, the scene where Frankenstein runs over all those nurses at the senior living home for instance.
** The widow of the first score gets a prize package.
* BloodSport: Issued by THE GOVERNMENT, no less! Clearly the country has a great many issues, with the Death Race serving as BreadAndCircuses, distracting people with a major, over-the-top violent sporting event.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Literally. Highways recognizably constructed in California stand in for other parts of the nation.
* {{Calvinball}}: Aside from the amounts of points for running over people, the rules of the race or the conditions for victory are never explained, and seem to be changed on a whim.
* CarFu: The entire event centers around killing people with cars. Notable is the scene where a man tried to bull fight one of the cars.
* CatchPhrase: Grace Pander speaks of everyone as a "dear friend of mine."
* CheeseEatingSurrenderMonkeys: The French are the government's scapegoats for the disruptions in the race LaResistance are responsible for.
* DoubleEntendre: Used at least once.
-->'''Matilda the Hun:''' Whoever named your car The Bull, was only half right!
%%* EpicRace: The eponymous Death Race.
* {{Fanservice}}: Looking for [[FetishFuel T&A]]? Just watch the first pit-stop scene! This movie hasn't got ANYTHING to hide! Strangely, all the male drivers and navigators in this scene received towels to cover themselves from the waist down; the women, on the other hand, get absolutely nothing whatsoever.
* FictionalPoliticalParty: Frankenstein runs over "The Deacon of the Bipartisan Party" for 50 points. Apart from both running and sponsoring the titular death race and having religious figures in positions of power in the party, not much is known about this party's platform or political views.
* FightScene: You'd never guess, but [[Series/KungFu Kwai Chang Caine]] can kick [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Rocky's]] ass.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Used at least once.
-->'''Jane Kelly:''' I hope your Buzz Bomb has more juice in its warhead this year.
* {{Gorn}}: The gorier bits are only on screen for a brief moment before cutting over to Junior. Somehow, [[NothingIsScarier the brevity of the gorn increases the impact]].
%%* GroinAttack
* HairTriggerTemper: Machine Gun Joe [[MeaningfulName machine guns]] the audience at the start, just for booing him. He later kills a man who was hanging up a banner welcoming Frankenstein.
%%* HappilyMarried
* HellBentForLeather: David Carradine refused to wear leather for the movie, but a fabric that would look like leather on screen was used instead. Because an intimidating racer figure really ought to be in head-to-toe leather.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy:
** LaResistance seems to always ''just miss'' Frankenstein's car, until a lucky shot strikes.
** Machine Gun Joe firing a machine gun into the audience does not seem to result in anyone getting hurt.
* {{Irony}}: At one point, the caretakers of a geriatric home put out several old people on the road so that the racers run over them. [[PetTheDog Frankenstein decides to run over the caretakers instead]].
* LaResistance: The Resistance in this case is trying to replace Frankenstein with a body double to get close to kill the President. They are also trying to get the race shut down with threats and the assassination of several racers.
* LegacyCharacter: Frankenstein is revealed to be one.
* MeaningfulName: Frankenstein. See also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
* MauveShirt: Nero, Matilda the Hun, and Calamity Jane (as well as their navigators).
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Frankenstein and "Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo. And [[BadAss rightfully so]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Junior is pretty obviously based on Howard Cossell's style.
* OneWorldOrder: Implied by the President having a summer house in Moscow and another in Peking.
* PrettyInMink: Myra's white mink jacket and helmet.
* ShirtlessScene: All the men are topless during the massage scene, but the main event is when Frankenstein's navigator takes all his clothing off to examine the supposed damage his body had undergone.
* SoundtrackDissonance: Soft jazz for a love scene? Makes sense. Soft jazz while careening towards a cliff, not so much.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Of the video game variety. ''{{Carmageddon}}'' bares a striking similarity to this movie. ''Film/DeathRacers'' also applies.
* StealthPun: Frankenstein's right hand, which he keeps hidden under a glove for much of the movie, is actually [[spoiler: a grenade that he plans on detonating when he shakes hands with the President after the race]]... or a [[spoiler: ''hand grenade'']], [[DontExplainTheJoke if you will]].
* SpaceFillingEmpire: Possibly. The US President is stated to be at his "summer palace" in Beijing (called "Peking" in the movie, as was the custom in that era).
* ThoseWackyNazis: ''[[PunnyName Matilda The Hun]]'' and her navigator pretty much embody this trope [[RuleOfCool for stylistic purposes]]. Emphasis on the "stylistic". There are several black spectators cheering in her section.
* {{Trope 2000}}
* VehicularCombat
* WeaponizedCar: Every car in the Death Race has a few eccentric little extras.
* WouldHitAGirl: Machine Gun Joe hit his navigator for talking about Frankenstein.
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