Battletruck (1982)

If this is the “benchmark” for putrid movies as one reviewer laughably suggests, where does that leave HEAVEN’S GATE, SHOWGIRLS, ROBOT MONSTER, MONSTROSITY, DRACULA’S LAST RITES, THE ISLAND, THE SAINT, EVE OF DESTRUCTION, ALIEN 2, ALIEN RESURRECTION??? to name but 10!

This is an energetic, low budget little NZ actioner. It’s ONLY similarity to MAD MAX is the post apocalyptic oil-less future! Cockliss does pretty well within the constraints heaped upon him. I rather like NZ films – they tend to exude they’re own unique little aura, much like Canadian flicks. Pretty much known as BATTLETRUCK everywhere (smewhat understandable – who wants to refer to a flick as WARLORDS OF THE 21ST CENTURY?) the film rips along quite nicely. No denying, the BATTLETRUCK of the title is one mean mother of a four-wheeled monstrosity. Definitely, the way to go in gridlock!

Hero Hunter (Beck) rides his own mean “Street Hawkmobile” and despite being shot pretty much through the heart with an arrow, is able to get straight back on to his dirt-bike extraordinaire and take it up to warlord Straker who looks suspiciously like a reject from a STEVEN SEAGAL movie!

The DUELesque ending is superbly done – shot from the almost identical angles that Spielberg used. It is equally impressive!

If this is the crappiest movie ever made, then pigs already fly! The film is a “6” no question! Kinda left field and semi-haunting music too, reminiscent of Tangerine Dream’s work in the aforementioned STREET HAWK.