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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Splatterday Night Live slays with killer sketch comedy and Death Race 2000

Splatterday Night Live presents Death Race 2000
  • Splatter Cinema/Gorehound Productions
  • Splatterday Night Live presents Death Race 2000

Last weekend Blast-Off Burlesque presented Taboo-La-La, the first in its new film series since spinning off from the Silver Scream Spook Show. Only a week later, yet another Spook Show spawn comes to the Plaza Theatre with the return of Splatterday Night Live.

Splatterday Night Live debuted last August when the fiends behind Splatter Cinema (yet another Spook Show spin-off) decided to fill the last-Saturday-of-the-month void left while the Spook Show was on hiatus. This decidedly more decadent series features modern horror and exploitation films preceded by an over-the-top sketch comedy show oozing with shock value and gross-out effects.

This third edition of Splatterday Night Live features a screening of the 1975 dystopian cult classic Death Race 2000, starring the late David Carradine and Sylvester Stallone in one of his earlier roles. Not to be confused with the 2008 remake/prequel starring Jason Statham, this Death Race is set in a futuristic America embroiled in near-anarchic turmoil. The race referenced in the film’s title is a coast-to-coast battle in which drivers score points for taking out pedestrians and other drivers to the delight of a depraved audience.

In true exploitative ‘70s fashion, Death Race 2000 is filled with enough obligatory violence and nudity to classify it as a genuine cult classic. Expect similar offerings every other month as Splatterday Night Live alternates with the Spook Show the last Saturday of each month moving forward.

Splatterday Night Live. 9:30 p.m. March 26. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-1939., $10.

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