Sep 7, 2023
We’re getting back to our regular programming with a special request from one of our listeners! Following our episode on The Road, listener Jeff shared his recommendation for another post-apocalyptic movie. According to Jeff, “It's an old one, but it still checks out.” Released in 1977, the same year as Star Wars, and two years before Mad Max, this “road movie” see a small group of survivors of World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living, facing freakish mutated insects and other dangers along the way. Starring Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Paul Winfield, and very young Jackie Earle Haley, based on the novel by Roger Zelazny, and directed by George Smight, the movie was, to put it kindly, a flop, despite being released in the new “Sound 360” surround format. But it has earned a cult following in the years since, with Jeff among its devotees, thanks in part to the true star of the film: the wasteland-crawling armored RV called The Landmaster, designed by Dean Jeffries. As Jeff writes, “One of my favorite movies growing up - for the vehicle alone - was Damnation Alley. I'd love to hear Legends take on it.” And take it on we shall!
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