20 Low-Budget Sci-Fi Classics
Ford Falcon Interceptor, The Road Warrior
The only bad thing about this car was that you couldn't buy it in the States — it was an Australia native. But we got to live vicariously as Max whipped it through the wastelands, supercharger wailing, and mutants tumbling in its wake.
Dark Star: H.R. Giger’s World
DEATH RACE 2000 (1975)
Yes, this movie was remade into a sleek action extravaganza in 2008, but you have to love the original, pulpy, low-tech version, about a futuristic cross-country demo derby whose drivers get extra points for mowing down pedestrians. The late David Carradine is typically grim as the champ Frankenstein, while the then-unknown Sylvester Stallone is lean and hungry as his challenger.
Played by: Joe Morton
Film: The Brother from Another Planet (1984)
If the cliché holds that the ladies love the strong, silent type, then it's no wonder that Morton's mute visitor makes the list — and his preternaturally expressive eyes definitely get the job done. —Marc Bernardin