Dungeon Classics #2: Death Race 2000

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Death Race 2000 (1975, USA)

Director: Paul Bartel
Cast: David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone, Mary Woronov
Running Time: 84 mins.

Is there really a movie about a future race in which contestant have to kill people to score points? Yup. This is it. And it gets even better: old people and children earn more points! The top racers are the cape and mask wearing Frankenstein (David Carradine), who has more mechanical parts in him than Darth Vader, and Machine Gun Joe (a young Sylvester Stallone), who got his name by unloading his machine gun in the audience. Other drivers include the outrageously named Nero the Hero and Herman the German. Oh, and the drivers all have navigators, who not only read maps, but also have sex with the drivers in between laps! Who needs Google Maps? The makers obviously had a lot of fun shooting this cult classic and they never forgot what they were making; a funny, violent action B-movie. The tagline says it all: ‘In the year 2000 hit and run isn’t a felony… it’s the national sport!’ Followed by the abominable Death Race 2050 in 2017.


Dungeon Classics #1: Masters of the Universe

FilmDungeon’s Chief Editor JK sorts through the Dungeon’s DVD-collection to look for old cult favorites….

Masters of the Universe (1987, USA)

Director: Gary Goddard
Cast: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Courteney Cox
Running Time: 106 mins.

The costumes are lame, the action clumsy, the production design outdated and the screenplay – at times – ridiculous. However, in the eighties Masters of the Universe was perfectly respectable, and – as long as you ignore certain aspects – it is still pretty entertaining. Although I suspect members of a younger generation won’t be able to overlook its inherent lameness. Based on the classic eighties cartoon, the story revolves around an epic battle between good and evil on planet Eternia. The dark forces, lead by the magnificent Skeletor, are the best thing about this camp. The ultra-blond Dolph Lundgren, a B-version of Schwarzenegger, made a lot of crap in those days, but he was born to play He-Man. You will certainly chuckle when you hear him scream at the end: ‘I have the power!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!’

“Those Things’ll Kill Ya”

Vinny Vella (72) is overgestoken naar de andere kant.

De komiek en acteur dook voor het eerst op in de maffia-klassieker Casino van Martin Scorsese. Hij woonde in hetzelfde gebouw in New York als Martin Scorsese’s moeder Catherine Scorsese, met wie hij in Casino de bovenstaande, memorabele scene deelde.

Over het personage dat hij speelt – Artie Piscano – zegt Joe Pesci’s maffia-karakter in de film: “The only trouble was, Piscano was a disaster. This guy could fuck up a cup of coffee.”

Na Casino speelde hij vaker bijrollen in maffiafilms, zoals Analyze That, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Bulletproof Gangster en The Sopranos.

Zijn meest hilarische rol, in mijn mening, speelt hij in “Those Things’ll Kill Ya”, een segment van Coffee and Cigarettes van Jim Jarmusch. Zie hieronder:

Uiteindelijk waren het niet de sigaretten die hem nekte, maar leverkanker.

Take it easy, Vinny.

My 10 Favorite Movie Endings

10. For a Few Dollars More

09. Pulp Fiction

08. Before Sunset

07. The Big Lebowski

06. Shaun of the Dead

05. The Silence of the Lambs

04. The Godfather: Part II

03. Once Upon a Time in the West

02. Army of Darkness

01. The Godfather