Death Race (franchise)
The Death Race series is a car combat franchise encompassing a series of films and other media centered on a reality show set in a prison, where inmates race against each other in order to win their freedom.
- 1 Films
- 2 Original series (1975–2017)
- 3 Remake series (2008–2018)
- 4 Cast and characters
- 5 Unrelated
- 6 In other media
- 7 References
- 8 External links
|Death Race 2000||Death Race||Death Race 2||Death Race 3: Inferno||Death Race 2050||
|Director||Paul Bartel||Paul W. S. Anderson||Roel Reiné||G. J. Echternkamp||Don Michael Paul|
|Paul W. S. Anderson
|Paul W. S. Anderson
|Roger Corman||Mike Elliott
|Paul W. S. Anderson||
Paul W. S. Anderson
|G. J. Echternkamp
Don Michael Paul
Paul W. S. Anderson
|Composer||Paul Chihara||Paul Haslinger||Trevor Morris||Gunter Brown
|Tak Fujimoto||Scott Kevan||John McKay||Wayne Shields||Juan Durán||Alexander Krumov|
|Editor(s)||Tina Hirsch||Niven Howie||Radu Ion
Herman P. Koerts
|G. J. Echternkamp
|N/A||Universal 1440 Entertainment
New Horizons Pictures
|Universal 1440 Entertainment|
|Distributor||New World Pictures||Universal Pictures||Universal Studios Home Entertainment|
|Runtime||80 minutes||111 minutes||100 minutes||105 minutes||93 minutes||111 minutes|
|Release date||April 27, 1975||August 22, 2008||December 27, 2010||January 22, 2013||January 17, 2017||October 2, 2018|
Original series (1975–2017)
Death Race 2000 (1975)
Death Race 2000 is a 1975 cult action film. In the near future, the ultimate sporting event is the Death Race. Contestants get score points for running people down as they speed across the country. The sport has crazed fans who sacrifice themselves to the drivers. A covert group is trying to bring an end to the immoral Death Race and has infiltrated one of their followers into the race as a navigator of the top driver. In the end, the lives of the competitors, the President and the Death Race itself are in peril.
Death Race 2050 (2017)
Corman made Death Race 2050, a sequel to his original film, shooting in Peru starting in February 2016. It stars Malcolm McDowell, Manu Bennett, Burt Grinstead, Marci Miller, Folake Olowofoyeku, Anessa Ramsey, Yancy Butler, and Charlie Farrell, and was directed by G. J. Echternkamp. The film was released in the United States on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan 17, 2017, with three making of documentaries: The Making of 2050, Cars! Cars! Cars!, and The Look of 2050.
Remake series (2008–2018)
Death Race (2008)
Death Race is a 2008 remake (although director Paul W. S. Anderson stated in the DVD commentary that he thought of the film as a prequel) of Death Race 2000. In the year 2012, the economy of the US collapses, causing unemployment and crime rates to skyrocket, and a sharp increase of convicted criminals, which leads to privatized prisons for profit. Claire Hennessey (Joan Allen), the warden of Terminal Island Penitentiary, earns profits from the pay-per-view broadcast of a modern gladiator game called the "Death Race", with the prisoners as the players. The racers, along with their navigators, drive a three-part race over three days on a closed track at Terminal Island, with various pressure plates: swords activate the racers' offensive weapons, shields activate defensive weapons such as oil, smoke, and napalm, and skulls ("Death Heads") activate deadly metal traps which rise up from the track. The reward for the drivers is that if one racer wins five races, they will be granted their freedom by Warden Hennessey.
Death Race 2 (2010)
Death Race 2 is a prequel to the 2008 film, Death Race. Getaway driver Carl "Luke" Lucas (Luke Goss) is arrested after a robbery for his crime boss Markus Kane (Sean Bean) goes wrong. As his accomplices are robbing the bank, two police officers casually enter the building. Luke tells his accomplices to abort, but they refuse; Luke intervenes, resulting in the death of one of the three accomplices. Luke shoots and kills one of the officers and dumps off his accomplices in order to fulfill Markus's wishes. In doing so, Luke is eventually captured by the police following a high-speed chase and sentenced to serve time on Terminal Island. Markus, worried that Luke will trade info on his crimes for immunity, discovers his location and orders his men to take Luke out.
Death Race 3: Inferno (2013)
Death Race owner Weyland (Ving Rhames) has been forced to sell the rights to Niles York (Dougray Scott), a British billionaire who acquired the rights by hostile takeover. York reveals that he intends to relocate the Death Race to the deserts of Africa. Before leaving, Weyland arranges Lucas to have surgery to heal the infected and deadly scars on his face sustained from the previous film Death Race 2. With Carl Lucas, a.k.a. Frankenstein (Luke Goss), one win away from gaining his freedom, York coaches Lucas to lose his race and threatens his life if he fails to comply.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy (2018)
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is a sequel to the 2008 film, Death Race, being directed by Don Michael Paul and features the return of Danny Trejo and Frederick Koehler. It also stars Zach McGowan, Christine Marzano, Danny Glover, and Lorina Kamburova.
Cast and characters
|Character||Original series||Remake series|
|Death Race 2000||Death Race 2050||Death Race||Death Race 2||
Death Race 3:
|Death Race: Beyond Anarchy|
|"Frankenstein"||David Carradine||Manu Bennett||Jason Statham & David Carradine voice-over||Luke Goss||Luke Goss & Dougray Scott||Velislav Pavlov & Nolan North voice-over|
|Annie Smith||Simone Griffeth||Marci Miller|
|"Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo||Sylvester Stallone|
|"Mr. President"||Sandy McCallum||Malcolm McDowell|
|Jed Perfectus||Burt Grinstead|
|Minerva Jefferson||Folake Olowofoyeku|
|Alexis Hamilton||Yancy Butler|
|Grace Tickle||Shanna Olson|
|The Commercial||Dick Ervasti (voice)|
|Jensen Ames||Jason Statham|
|Claire Hennessey||Joan Allen||Photograph||Archive footage|
|Joseph Mason (a.k.a. Machine Gun Joe)||Tyrese Gibson|
|Hector Grimm||Robert LaSardo|
|Travis Colt||Justin Mader|
|Niles York||David Carradine||Dougray Scott|
|Carl "Luke" Lucas||Luke Goss|
|Katrina Banks||Tanit Phoenix|
|R. H. Weyland||Ving Rhames|
|September Jones||Lauren Cohan|
|Markus Kane||Sean Bean|
|Big Bill||Deobia Oparei|
|Medford Parks||Patrick Lyster|
|Xander Grady||Henie Bosman|
|The Sheik||Michael Solomon|
|Olga Braun||Michelle van Schaik|
|Pretty Boy||Brandon Livanos|
|Jackal||Anton David Jeftha|
|Connor Gibson||Zach McGowan|
|Baltimore Bob||Danny Glover|
|Gipsy Rose||Yennis Cheung|
|Mr. Valentine||Terence Maynard|
|The Warden||Cameron Jack|
In other media
Comic book series
A comic book sequel entitled Death Race 2020 was published in 1995 by Roger Corman's short-lived Roger Corman's Cosmic Comics imprint. It was written by Pat Mills of 2000 AD fame, with art by Kevin O'Neill. The pair had already worked together on several comics, including Marshal Law. The comic book, as the title indicates, took place 20 years after the film ended and dealt with Frankenstein's return to the race. New racer characters introduced included Von Dutch, the Alcoholic, Happy the Clown, Steppenwolf, Rick Rhesus, and Harry Carrie.
The comic book series lasted eight issues.
- The 1976 video game Death Race was inspired by the film Death Race 2000. A remake of the same name was released in 1990.
- The 1982 video game Maze Death Race for Sinclair ZX81 computers (and 1983 for Sinclair ZX Spectrum computers) resembles the film by its cover artwork, title, and car-driving content.
- The Carmageddon video game series (Carmageddon, Carmageddon 2: Carpocalypse Now and Carmageddon 3: TDR 2000) all borrow heavily from the plot, characters and car designs from the film Death Race 2000.
- The 2017 TV show Blood Drive also draws from the Death Race series. Instead of killing people to earn points, people are sacrificed to the cars' engines, which have been modified to run off human blood rather than traditional fuel.
- Bosnan, John & Nichols, Peter "Death Race 2000" in Clute, John & Nichols, Peter eds. (1998) The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2nd edition) Orbit
- Galuppo, Mia (2016-02-18). "Roger Corman Revs Up 'Death Race 2050' With Malcolm McDowell Starring". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
- Miska, Brad (January 9, 2017). "'Death Race 2050' Goes Full 'Idiocracy' in This Gory Exclusive Clip". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved January 16, 2017.
- Death race 4 hits home stretch
- Death race 4 is coming
- "Death Race 2050". IMDB.com. Retrieved 2017-03-16.
- "ZX81 Cassette Tape Information for Maze Death Race". Zx81stuff.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-13.