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A small town in rural Australia (Paris) makes its living by causing car accidents and salvaging any valuables from the wrecks. Into this town come brothers Arthur and George. George is killed when the Parisians cause their car to crash, but Arthur survives and is brought into the community as an orderly at the hospital. But Paris is not problem free. Not only do the Parisians have to be careful of outsiders (such as insurance investigators), but they also have to cope with the young people of the town who are dissatisfied with the status quo. Written by
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In 1975, Roger Corman's New World Pictures released a movie called Death Race 2000 (1975). That movie, like this film, featured cars with spikes and teeth and were used to attack people. Apparently, Corman went to director Paul Bartel with this concept of the cars. Corman's New World Pictures had been in negotiations to distribute this film for a considerably long time the previous year. Bartel has stated that he had not seen this film when he directed Death Race 2000 (1975). See more »
At the end of the movie, when the Mayor gives Arthur instructions how to drive and smash the punk's car, his fake beard changes places between shots (under his chin - on his right cheek). See more »
A camp horror classic and Weir's feature debut. It's smart, gross, cheeky, macabre and just great.
Don't watch it if you think low budget is the same as being 'amateurish' because it's not. And if you're not used to Australian English, well, try not to panic. Doesn't matter if you don't get every word - just go with it!
This is the kind of film you don't see much any more, perhaps a product of its era. They weren't thinking much about marketing or target demographics - these filmmakers were just having a lot of fun, experimenting and coming up with something unique. Genre crossing, challenging and freaky, it also taps into some big themes about Australian identity and paranoia.
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