This cult sci-fi road movie deals with ultra-violent sport in a futuristic society, with road race drivers scoring points by running down pedestrians! David Carradine (Kill Bill), the demonic national champion driver clad in black leather, and the thug-like Sylvester Stallone (Rocky), are arch-enemy road warriors who cause unimaginable carnage on the streets of America.
Paul Bartel was born in Brooklyn in 1938. He decided he wanted to direct animated movies when he was 11 and by 13 had spent a summer working at New York’s UPA animation studio. He majored in theater arts at UCLA, and received a Fulbright scholarship to study film direction in Rome, producing a short that was presented at the 1962 Venice Fiom Festival. He later was hired by Roger Corman’s brother, Gene, to direct a low-budget horror featured called "Private Parts, " released in 1972. Roger Corman hired him as a second unit director on "Big Bad Mama, " which led to his directing “Death Race 2000” in 1978. He could not persuade Corman to finance his pet project, “Eating Raoul.” The $500,000 black comedy was made after his parents sold their New Jersey home and gave him the money. Shot in 22 days, mostly weekends, over the course of a year, "Eating Raoul, " starred Bartel and Mary Woronov as gourmet cannibals who lure sex swingers to their apartment, smack them with a skillet, rob them… read more
A film that walks the improbable line between trash and avant-garde, crying for (re-)discovery outside the realm of cult.