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Film: Death Race 2000
Oooohhh...that'll knacker the suspension...

In a dystopian society in the distant future (At the time) of the 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 running over as many people as possible, with different levels of points allocated to different age groups (Guess which type gets the second-highest addition to your score...). The competitor with the highest score wins. Sound familiar?

Death Race 2000 is a 1975 action movie from the mind of the king of B-movies himself, Roger Corman, based off the short story The Racer by Ib Melchior. Although Roger Ebert gave this movie zero stars when he reviewed it, the campy style, over-the-top mayhem and fantastic actors (David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone for starters) have made this movie into one of the definitive examples of a Cult Classic, 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 a remake in 2008, which went for the Darker and Edgier option, and set itself up as a semi-prequel. The cinematic Spiritual Successor to Death Race 2000, however, was not the official remake, but The Asylum's Mockbuster Death Racers, which retained the dark comedy of Death Race 2000.

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