Deathsport (1978)

Deathsport: guides vs statesmen fight in a deathrace ripoff everything explodes

Do you like lasers? How about crystal swords? David Carradine in a loin cloth? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then have we got a movie for you.

Produced by B-movie pro Roger Corman and starring a nearly-nude David Carradine, Deathsport is the ridiculous follow-up to Deathrace 2000. Not exactly a sequel, Deathsport takes place “1,000 years in the future” where you either live in a weirdo city or in a desert wasteland surrounded by terrible looking mutants. Not scary-terrible, more like there-was-no-money-for-costumes-so-let’s-just-drape-these-guys-in-some-fishing-nets terrible.

Kaz Oshey (Carradine) is a desert-dweller/range guide whose mother was a great fighter, and he, along with Deneer (Playboy Playmate Claudia Jennings) get captured by Helix City and are forced to take part in DEATH SPORT, which is basically riding around on motorbikes wrapped in tinfoil and shooting things with lasers.  There are also crystal swords called “whistlers” and the most ridiculous whistler fight I have ever seen.  Also, before watching prepare yourself for slow motion explosions because about half the movie is just footage of things blowing up in slow-mo.

If you’re not sold yet, here is a quote from director Allan Arkush:

“Mostly we just blew up motorcycles. Lots of them. We also set some mutants on fire. And the stunning Claudia Jennings got naked. David Carradine… smoked a lot of high-grade weed and helped us to blow stuff up… Sad to say, I couldn’t save the picture.”

Not to worry, Arkush, your crappy movie is awesome. There’s also a great inappropriate-synth soundtrack, lots of horses, and some scenes you just kind of have to see to believe. Highly recommended to be watched with friends who appreciate the good in bad movies.