Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983)
- Streamed free w/ads on Sony Crackle
Mad Max in outer space... sort of.
Somewhere near the ass end of the cosmos, a half-man, half-machine overlord (Michael Ironside) and his evil minions terrorize the hapless denizens of a backwater planet, including a punked-out Molly Ringwald and her two male cohorts (played by Peter Strauss and Ernie Hudson).
A delightful trash-heap of a movie that's full of wall-to-wall schlocky goodness, with a wonderfully raucous score by Elmer Bernstein (or "Bernstein West", as he's sometimes referred to). Exec-produced by Ivan Reitman, of Ghostbusters
fame. This was the perfect antidote to the mostly overwrought CG-laden muck I've been watching of late. With a little better story, script, acting, directing, effects, etc., this might have actually passed as a halfway decent Mad Max-type thriller. But it probably wouldn't have been anywhere near as fun as this gadawful, tongue-in-cheek mess is.
Sound could probably have used some re-mixing to smooth out the levels a bit. But aside from that, the AV quality was pretty decent for a lower-budget 80's flick. Strongly recommended, for connoisseurs of vintage schlock. This currently has an 18% critics (based on 11 reviews), and 36% audience (based on about 3000 users) rating on Rotten Tomatoes... which is one reason you should never put too much faith in aggregator sites like this.