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Death Race 2050, 2017
Written and Directed by G.J. Echtemkamp.
America is now a corporation where states have melded into one, entertainment is beamed through headsets into the minds of docile masses and anarchy reigns supreme. A chosen few are held up as heroes warped, twisted and manipulated into an image which suits The Chairman and The Death Race. Careening across different zones in wildly supped up cars, these men, women and artificial lifeforms mow down pensioners, children, immigrants and the infirm without impunity for points towards an ultimate goal.
This sequel to the 1975 Paul Bartel cult classic is big on kitsch, low on production values and revels in camp with a tongue firmly planted in its cheek. Employing back projection during a majority of in car conversations, outlandishly fake scenery and acting which redefines caricature, Death Race 2050 »
- Gary Collinson
With the release of Death Race 2050, a remake of his cult classic, the veteran director talks about the film’s political undertones – and how he became the king of trash
To be considered a genius, you need only one great idea. For Moses, it was parting the Red Sea, then closing it with Pharaoh’s army still inside. Bach had counterpoint. And Lady Godiva did that thing with the horse.
Six decades ago, Roger Corman got a really great idea. Realising that young people were being ignored by Hollywood, he began making tons of super-low-budget films about vampires, monsters, mutants, ghosts and moody bikers. The films had names such as Swamp Women, She Gods of Shark Reef, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fast and the Furious. This was preferable to films with names such as That Touch of Mink and Father Goose.
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- Joe Queenan
A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is the highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000 (which itself was remade in 2008) . The film straps viewers into the driver’s seat of the ultimate auto showdown, a blood-splattered no-holds-barred virtual-reality show that gleefully pits hardened road warriors against each other — and their audience.
Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people »
- Phil Wheat
Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It’s the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. The event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and driving each other off the road. The reigning champion and fan favorite, Frankenstein (Manu Bennett), who’s half-man half-machine, wants to take the crown, but his »
From Alex in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange to Father Murder in Rob Zombie’s 31, Malcolm McDowell has played a wide range of intriguing roles over his illustrious career, including his recent scene-stealing performance as the Chairman in Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050.
With the new Death Race movie now out on home media from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, Daily Dead had the great pleasure of speaking with the prolific actor to talk about collaborating with Corman, acting in A Clockwork Orange, working with Rob Zombie on 31 and his Halloween films, and if he would ever consider being a part of the new Halloween movie.
You’ve always taken on a diverse range of roles in your career, and Death Race 2050 is certainly no exception. What attracted you to the role of the Chairman of the United Corporations of America?
Malcolm McDowell: It’s a really »
- Derek Anderson
Horrornews.net and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment bring to you Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD for a special giveaway opportunity. For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Death Race 2050” in the subject line of the email. In the body of the email, please submit your full name and complete address. United …
- Mike Joy
The Universal Pictures suspense thriller “The Girl on the Train” debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 22, while Warner’s “The Accountant” remains in second place.
“The Girl on the Train,” with a domestic box office gross of just over $75 million, stars Emily Blunt as an alcoholic divorcee who becomes embroiled in a missing person (and then murder) investigation,
Lionsgate’s “Deepwater Horizon,” the dramatization of the April 2010 explosion of the offshore drilling rig of the same name, slipped to No. 3 on both the Npd VideoScan overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.
Warner’s “Suicide Squad” slipped to No. 4 from No. 3, also on both charts.
Rounding out the top five on the overall disc sales chart was the newly released 20th Century Fox comedy “Keeping Up with the Joneses,” a »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Last week, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment released their highly-anticipated action-packed thriller Death Race 2050, which was executive produced by original Death Race 2000 director Roger Corman. In case you haven't gotten the chance to pick up this movie yet, the studio has provided us with an exclusive preview video, featuring director G.J. Echternkamp and stars Manu Bennett (Frankenstein), Burt Grinstead (Jed Perfectus), Folake Olowofoyeku (Minerva Jefferson), Anessa Ramsey (Tammy) and Marci Miller (Annie Sullivan). G.J. Echternkamp reveals in this preview that he largely focused on the weapons of these cars, which fall between, "totally bad-ass and completely ridiculous."
Legendary filmmaking icon, Roger Corman, is back with his most outrageous film yet in this sensational, action-packed and darkly humorous reboot of the original Death Race 2000! It's the year 2050 and America is controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment. »
Before you buckle up for the race from Old New York to New Los Angeles, sharpen your pencil and get ready to take notes, because Frankenstein is here to teach you the rules of the road in a new video for Death Race 2050, out now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.
"Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Frankenstein (Manu Bennett) is here to remind you of the "Rules of the Death Race" before you shift into Roger Corman's Death Race 2050, now available on Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment."
Previous Press Release: Universal City, California, October 6, 2016 – A delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 arrives on Blu-ray™ combo pack, DVD and Digital HD January 17, 2017, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The highly anticipated reboot of the cult classic Death Race 2000, »
- Derek Anderson
Now you can own the Blu-ray of Roger Corman’S Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has five copies to give away! All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie directed by Roger Corman (mine is The Pit And The Pendulum). It’s so easy!
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- Tom Stockman
Think you have what it takes to survive The Death Race? Learn the Rules then start your engines and get ready for some mayhem! A “delirious blend of high-octane action, razor-sharp political satire and full-throttle mayhem”, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 is now on Netflix, Blu-ray combo pack, DVD and Digital HD from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. A reboot of […] »
- Brad Miska
Warner Archive Delivers the Best Way to Enjoy a Bad Day at Black Rock
Welcome to this week in home video! Click the title to buy a Blu-ray/DVD from Amazon and help support Fsr in the process!
Pick of the WeekBad Day at Black Rock [Warner Archive]
What is it? A one-armed man arrives via train in a remote western town, and the populace reacts with suspicion and violence.
Why buy it? Spencer Tracy excels as the polite but mysterious stranger whose presence sets everyone on edge, and the more he probes the harder they push. The film explores threads of America’s deep-seated racism and small-town insulation, and it pairs that commentary with a steadily increasing suspense. The themes and actions here are still sadly relevant, even now, and it makes for an important watch that still manages to entertain. Tracy’s potential adversaries include Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine, Walter Brennan, and »
- Rob Hunter
Stars: Manu Bennett, Malcolm McDowell, Marci Miller, Burt Grinstead, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, Charlie Farrell, Shanna Olson, D.C. Douglas | Written by G.J. Echternkamp, Matt Yamashita | Directed by G.J. Echternkamp
G.J. Echternkamp and Matt Yamashita, who previously worked together on Virtually Heroes – a video game movie that told the story of two self-aware characters in a “Call of Duty” style game – re-team with their producer on that film, Roger Corman, for a remake of one of Corman’s most popular and enduring films.
Set in the year 2050 (obviously given the title) Death Race 2050 sees America controlled by an all-powerful corporate government ruled by The Chairman (Malcolm McDowell). The masses have been brainwashed with violent virtual-reality entertainment; and the event of the year is the Death Race, in which a motley crew of violent drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for shamelessly running people over and »
- Phil Wheat
Horror and sci-fi home entertainment titles are really picking up this week, as we have almost 20 different Blu-rays and DVDs coming home this Tuesday. Universal is keeping themselves busy with several notable releases including Death Race 2050, Ouija: Origin of Evil, 12 Monkeys: Season Two, and a Ouija double feature.
Scream Factory is dusting off two cult classics, Slumber Party Massacre II and III for a special Blu-ray featuring the slasher sequels, and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is getting you guys pumped for the upcoming release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with several new Blu-ray releases for the franchise's first four films.
It was never just a game. Inviting audiences again into the lore of the spirit board, »
- Heather Wixson
Screeching around the corner, mowing down everyone in its path, and spitting gravel and bone matter in its wake, Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 roars onto Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 17th courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. To celebrate the next chapter in Corman's iconic road rage series, we've been provided with five Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to Daily Dead readers, including one DVD copy of Death Race 2000 for one lucky grand prize winner.
Prize Details: (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:
(4) Runner-Up Winners will receive:
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Death Race 2050 Contest”. Be sure »
- Derek Anderson
Racing onto Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms everywhere on January 17th is Death Race 2050, which was co-written and directed by G.J. Echternkamp and produced by the legendary Roger Corman, who was also the producing force behind Death Race 2000 back in the mid-1970s.
In late 2016, just a day or two after the 2016 Presidential Election, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with Corman about this latest iteration of the Death Race universe. During our conversation, Corman discussed the socio-political relevance of both Death Race 2050 as well as the original Death Race, why they chose to return to the retro-futuristic realm for this iteration, collaborating with Echternkamp, and what keeps him going after enjoying a successful career in Hollywood for over 60 years now.
Great to speak to you today, Roger. I have a feeling this conversation would have went a little bit differently had the election gone a different way. »
- Heather Wixson
It’s been four years since the release of the second sequel to the reboot/remake of Death Race – Death Race: Inferno – and three since the fourth film was sneakily announced by it’s writer Tony Giglio on Twitter, but now news reaches us that Death Race 4, now retitled Death Race: Anarchy has completed filming.
Not to be confused with Roger Corman’s own remake of Death Race, entitled Death Race 2050 (which actually comes from the same production company, Universal 1440 Entertainment), Death Race: Anarchy sees the return of Danny Trejo as Goldberg and Frederick Koehler as Lists – both of whom appeared in Death Race 2 and Death Race: Inferno.
Joining the Death Race family are Black Sails’ Zach McGowan, Christine Marzano, Danny Glover, Lorina Kamburova and a number of homegrown talent from here in the UK: Cassie Clare, Nicholas Aaron, Lucy Aarden, Julian Seager, Lee Shone, Kellie Blaise and Cameron Jack as The Warden… »
- Phil Wheat
In 1975, the world was first introduced to the Roger Corman-produced cult action film “Death Race 2000.” Directed by Paul Bartel and starring David Carradine (“Kill Bill: Volume 2”) and Sylvester Stallone (“Rocky”), the film follows a murderous Transcontinental Road Race in a dystopian American society. Over the years, it garnered cult acclaim and eventurally produced a remake in 2008 followed by two direct-to-dvd sequels.
But now Roger Corman is back with a direct sequel to the original 1975 film entitled “Death Race 2050.” The film takes place in the not-too-distant future where America is controlled by a corporate government that peddles violent virtual-reality entertainment to the masses. Each year they organize a Death Race, where drivers compete in a cross-country road race, scoring points for running down pedestrians and killing each other. It »
- Vikram Murthi
Editor’s Note: When New Orleans Saint defensive star Steve Gleason learned he had Als, his wife Michel was pregnant. Instinctively, he picked up a camera and started talking to his unborn son, and so began the documentation of a man’s determination to tackle his disease head-on.
“Gleason,” now an Oscar candidate for Best Documentary, quickly grew beyond being one man’s video diary. Under the guidance of director Clay Tweel, Gleason’s story was painted on a far broader canvas, one following a traditional hero’s journey that is able to capture the sadness, triumph, and joy of a family facing impossible odds. IndieWire recently asked Tweel about how he crafted the Gleasons’ inspiring story from 1300 hours of painfully intimate footage and how the project evolved as the NFL star’s body weakened.
There were two challenges that immediately presented themselves on this project. First of all, »
- Indiewire Staff
After screening at Fantastic Fest and the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, “Sadako vs. Kayako” — aka the movie pitting the villains of “The Ring” and “The Grudge” against each other — will soon be available to watch on the streaming service Shudder. Watch the film’s trailer below.
Read More: ‘The Ring Vs The Grudge’ Trailer: Japanese Horror Mashup Gets Wild First Trailer
Preceded by the likes of “Alien vs. Predator” and “Freddy vs. Jason,” the film makes no secret of being total fan service for the two respective J-horror franchises. (Both have been remade here in America, of course, though purists contend that neither live up to the original.) The trailer gives a brief rundown of the two villains’ mythologies — Sadako comes from a cursed VHS, while Kayako is tied to the house in which she died — before setting them loose on one another, ostensibly as a means of »
- Michael Nordine
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