WARRIORS OF THE
STARRING: Fred Williamson, Andrea
Coppola, George Eastman, Vito Fornari, Giovanni Frezza
1982, 91 Minutes, Directed by:
Enzo G. Castellari
In a post-apocalyptic future, a group of weary survivors is faced with a
relentless onslaught from a gang of roving bandits. Into this conflict comes two
men, rivals by nature, but forced to take the same side against a common foe.
The survival of the human race may very well come down to the outcome of this
One of countless cheap
Road Warrior rip-offs made during the early-1980s.
Also known as The New
Barbarians, this Italian flick is one of those movies in which villains
chuckle smugly whenever they run through any of their victims and the
hero drives a car with a huge plastic bubble on the roof.
(The bubble glows green in the dark for some reason by the way.)
The villains dress in white
like Imperial storm-troopers and drive golf carts made up to look like the
vehicles in Death Race 2000. Warriors of the
Wasteland literally features some of the slowest car chases ever and one
keeps on expecting one of the villains’ intended victims to simply outrun them
on foot. The villains' cars also all have
protruding razor blades and other gizmos to kill and maim the last few remaining
survivors of some unspecified post-Apocalypse. The hero wears a sheepskin jacket
– how macho. But it’s acceptable in comparison to some of the other silly
costumes worn by his co-stars. Later on he is made to wear a bullet-proof outfit
made of . . . transparent plastic bubbles!
Unlike the many golf carts on
display the pace isn’t too slow though and there are some neat low-budget stunts
featuring exploding motorcycles. It’s all very ridiculous and
perfect for Mystery Science Theater 3000-style
connoisseurs of bad movies. Invite your buddies over, but have some beer – lots of
beer! – handy while watching it.