Everett Collection
Chris Nashawaty
June 18, 2010 at 04:00 AM EDT

Death Race 2000

Current Status
In Season
David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone
Paul Bartel
We gave it a B-

Behold the power of cheese! If you’ve got a sweet tooth for fake blood, real boobs, and deliciously bad acting, then check out the latest release in the ”Roger Corman’s Cult Classics” series. Jason Statham starred in 2008’s straight-faced remake, but forget that stink bomb and stick with the original — a campy sci-fi cheapie about a cross-country demolition derby where drivers score points by turning pedestrians into roadkill (senior citizens and toddlers are worth the most). David Carradine is top-billed, but watch for a pre-Rocky Sylvester Stallone and?wait, is that Gopher from The Love Boat? Death Race 2000 isn’t the sharp satire Corman thinks it is, but it’s fun. EXTRAS include looks at the film’s hot rods (actually used VWs) and an interview with the late Carradine, who claims that he made a million dollars from his profit points. B-

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