Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000 introduced the race car driver known as Frankenstein to the world of cinema all the way back in 1975, but we really didn’t know much about the character, or the history of the Death Race, or at least we didn’t, until now.
In director Roel Reiné modern prequel to both Corman’s Death Race 2000 and Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 Death Race remake, Luke Goss stars as Luke, a getaway driver who ends up on the wrong side of the law after a bank robbery goes very wrong. Inside a corporately owned maximum security prison, which is run by The Weyland Corporation, Luke has to compete against other blood-thirsty inmates as the company discovers a lucrative market for the blood sport they call Death Match, where prisoners fight for their lives on national television.
When that show begins to flounder in the ratings though, a new show is created where the prisoners race for their lives in super-charged car packed with weapons and defenses, and the prize that’s up for grabs is quite simply their own freedom, if they can win five races.
Co-starring the lovely South African beauty Tanit Phoenix as Luke’s co-pilot, Katrina, not to mention Danny Trejo, Ving Rhames, and Sean Bean, the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 18 and it’s a wonderfully retro, action-packed extravaganza that exceeds the usual direct-to-DVD stereotypes thanks to both Reiné and stars Goss and Phoenix.
Watch the interview with Roel Reiné, Luke Goss, and Tanit Phoenix below and see what they had to say about making the film, and what made it a fun ride on and off set. Then scroll down to check out the gallery of photos from the film.