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Death Race 2000

Released 1975
Distributor New World Pictures

The recent big-budget “re-imagining” of Paul Bartel’s tacky but wacky original lost all the subversive wit and cartoonish outrageousness that made the property a drive-in cult classic in the first place. He’s not in the trailer, but The Real Don Steele steals it as a crazed sportscaster.

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.