DEATH RACE 2000
1975, New World Pictures, 80 min, USA, Dir: Paul Bartel

In the year 2000, hit-and-run driving is no longer a felony - it's the national sport! In a dystopian future, economic collapse has pushed America into martial law; to keep the people pacified, the government has created the Transcontinental Road Race. Pro-wrestling-style drivers (David Carradine, Mary Woronov and a pre-ROCKY Sylvester Stallone among them) resort to any violence necessary to cross the finish line first, racking up bonus points for killing pedestrians. But resistance fighters hope to use the race to their own ends in Paul Bartel’s satirical cult favorite.


A BUCKET OF BLOOD
1959, Park Circus/MGM, 66 min, USA, Dir: Roger Corman

After LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS, this ranks as probably director Roger Corman’s most famous early effort, with a wonderful Dick Miller as mentally challenged Walter Paisley, a waiter at a beatnik café jealous of the artistic types who make up the clientele. When Walter accidentally kills his landlady’s cat, on a whim he covers it in clay. Passing it off at the cafe as a genuine sculpture, he is proclaimed an artistic genius. But he soon realizes he will have to produce more “works of art” if he is to hold onto his cherished new reputation. Soon Walter resorts to aping Vincent Price in HOUSE OF WAX, killing people and covering them in clay to serve as his newest creations. With more appearances by Corman regulars Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone and Ed Nelson. And look for future game show host Bert Convy as a doomed narc!


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