Death Race 2000 (1975)

Death Race 2000 (1975), directed by Paul Bartel.

In the future, cross-country racers get extra points for running down civilians. It's a satire on...something, made to capitalize on Rollerball (1975), but you could file it with other "violent sports of the dystopian future" films like The Running Man or The Hunger Games. A small genre, and this is definitely the goofiest entry. David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone are the big competitors.

Produced by Roger Corman and it has his trademark "fast, cheap and barely in control" look. Outlandish with dumb jokes, low satire, plenty of boobage and other nudity. Some quick flashes of gore, all meant to be comical.

It's in bad taste: the racers get extra points for infants and old people. Hospitals put their seniors in the road for "Euthanasia Day." We also have some good driving stunts (with tiny little cars) and a few explosions.

Stallone has some of the best lines:


You know Myra, some people might think you're cute. But me, I think you're one very large baked potato.

Remade in 2008, with later direct-to-DVD prequels.

Available on Blu-ray.