I never miss a George Peppard, Jan-Micheal Vincent, Jackie Earle Haley and Paul Winfield movie and what do you know, all four of them are in this craptastic 1977 feature. Its one of the first apocalypse movies that would soon become all the rage after the success of 'The Road Warrior'. Around this time the home movie market was hungry for anything to put on the video store shelves. These box covers alone would have caught the eye of any store patron. The movie begins with a launch of nuclear missiles and we are not told the reasons for using them. Only that most of the major US cities were destroyed. Two years later four guys in their modified motor homes (just like it would happen in real life) start a journey from California to Albany, New York, the only place they have gotten a signal from. They follow a narrow corridor without much radiation they call Damnation Alley (hence the title). In Vegas they pick up a pretty singer who has been there all alone. In the next town the travellers are attacked by millions of killer cockroaches. Watching Winfield pick them off himself with his bloody hands freaked the crap out of me, especially when he has one chewing on his eye. In this world nature has become the enemy. If the wild storms don't get you then anything that survived the nuclear holocaust will. Soon they are joined by Jackie Earle Haley of Rorchach and 'Watchmen' fame. After a confrontation with unfriendly survivors the Landmaster (what they call the supped up motor homes) manages to get our heroes to the 'promise land'. The End. For the time the effects are okay. Personally I would have liked to have seen more mutant people and creatures and better scenery that reflected the location they were driving through. All we get is the same Arizona desert over and over again. For a big screen movie it plays like a small screen film.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.