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Death Race 2000 Review


Very Good
Never mind the pedestrian roadkill. You won't find another film featuring a fistfight between David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone. Er, I don't think, anyway.

Roger Corman's cult classic sends competitors in a dystopic future on a Cannonball Run-style cross-country race, but you get bonus points for killing men, women, and children along the way. Never mind that there's only one survivor by the end (and thus, the scoring is irrelevant), the fun's in the getting there.

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The Witch Who Came From The Sea Review


Terrible
Really, I'd love to know what could make an actress decide to appear in a blatant exploitation film. Here's one Millie Perkins, who'd played Anne Frank and starred in a couple of Monte Hellman pictures, one opposite Jack Nicholson. Here comes a script about a psychotic waitress who murders her boyfriends and is particularly fond of castration. We'll find out why in the end... she's got a nasty skeleton in her closet, not to mention an unhealthy fascination with the idea of mermaids as witches (hence the title). She even gets a tattoo to take on this role personally.

Not only was The Witch Who Came from the Sea widely banned and critically shat upon, it pretty much killed the career of everyone involved with it. Director Matt Cimber slowly faded into obscurity. Star Perkins didn't reappear in Hollywood for five full years (finally resurfacing on TV). She didn't make another movie until 1984. Vanessa Brown never made another movie. Ditto most of the supporting cast.

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