This is a movie I’ve been waiting to watch for over a year now. I had fully intended to watch Damnation Alley last Thanksgiving, but at the last minute, I couldn’t find a copy. Luckily, I was able to get a copy this year.
This is your standard “it’s the end of the world, but we think there’s someplace safe on the other side of the country” plot, with giant scorpions, flesh eating cockroaches, and megastorms. The most notable thing about this movie is probably that it’s the only post-apocalyptic movie I can think of that actually starts with the apocalypse. Also notable, some pretty poor special effects. There are scenes where the radioactive skies look like they’re drawn in with colored pencils. That vehicle is hella awesome though.
There’s some pretty fun stuff in this flick, and while none of the acting stands out as particularly good, none of it is glaringly bad either. It was a solid 70s post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick. Everything I love about the genre.
3 out of 5