Damnation Alley

Year: 1977

Production: Landers-Roberts / Zeitman / 20th Century-Fox

Director: Jack Smight

Starring: Jan-Michael Vincent, George Peppard, Dominique Sanda

Screenwriter: Alan Sharp, Lukas Heller

Based on Damnation Alley (1969) by Roger Zelazny

95 minutes, cut to 91 minutes; Color


In this travesty the solitary, snarling, Hell's Angel protagonist of Zelazny's novel has become four fairly decent Air Force officers. There are almost no survivors of WWIII. The officers set out from the western USA to cross the country eastwards in "land-mobiles", seeking viable communities. The holocaust has tilted Earth's axis, turning the sky into a display of glowing radiation and electrical storms, represented by astonishingly garish and inadequate process work from an obviously low-budget special-effects department. The encounter with mutated carnivorous cockroaches stands out in an otherwise wholly laughable and random series of stereotyped adventures with murderous hillbillies, floods, a girl, a feral boy and several deaths.

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