You heard of a spaghetti western? This is a spaghetti post-apocalyptic road movie, complete with Mad Max rip-offs and over-dubbed Italian actors. This title is such a loony, corny selection that at first glance I thought Shout Factory had mis-boxed one of the MST3K releases. Scream Factory is reeaaaaallllyyy stretching their theme calling this a horror movie. Let’s take a look:
Exterminators of the year 3000 (Click the title to order)
The ‘plot’, such as it is, is a pretty straight forward Mad Max rip-off; only here, water is the goal rather than gas. A young boy accompanies a convoy in a post-apocalyptic hellscape to collect his colony’s water. They are attacked by bandits in baseball gear and eye liner; everyone is killed except for the boy. All alone in the desert the boy, Tommy, soon happens across an Italian Mad Max proxy named Alien. They set off on a journey to evade the bandits and find the water.
This film, it’s…. just terrible. The production values aren’t bad and the action photography is decent but the story is a retread and the dubbing is awful. You’ll laugh out loud as the main bad guy repeatedly screams ‘mothergrabbers!’ and calls his opponents ‘turkeys’. When they’re not in a car chase the film crawls and is unforgivably dull. Only the hardcore retro Genre film fans are going to be able to sit all the way through this one.
This film looks okay, no more no less. It’s not Scream Factory’s fault; the transfer seems fine, but the original negative looks pasty and faded. Features are pretty limited; just an interview and commentary with the lead actor, some TV spots, and a trailer. The inside cover features the original poster art and some film stills.
- Audio Commentary with actor Robert Iannucci
- Interview with actor Robert Iannucci
- TV Spots
1080p Hi-Def widescreen 1.85:1
DTS-HD Master Audio Mono
Ironically enough English-only Audio & Subtitles
Original Release: 1983
Runtime: 103 minutes
Adam Ruhl is a writer and life long Cinephile. He is the Executive
Cinema Editor of Pop Culture Beast’s Austin branch; covering festivals,
conventions, and new releases. When not filing reports, Adam can be
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