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Post  BoG on Sat Apr 10, 2010 8:01 pm

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I'm not as impressed with the film nowadays - I last checked it out a couple of years ago. It's a bit too by-the-numbers and the characters are a bit bland. The beginning is ok but the ending is very uneventful and dull, with a strange turn-for-the-better slant to it that doesn't make all that much sense - it's as if someone decided this needed a positive ending, against all logic. BoG's Score: 6.5 out of 10
Trivia From the Alley: uncredited small role for Murray Hamilton as the general in the early scenes; though most of the killer cockroach scenes were done with fakes on carpets, there were 300 actual Madagascar Cockroaches imported for the scenes, as well; as required, these were shipped back when their scenes were done; however, about 5 years later, a few of these were spotted in the rafters where filming took place. Shocked
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Post  BoG on Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:30 pm

BELOW: Filming the Landmaster on the water. Some stats on the Landmaster vehicle:

21,800 lbs.; 35 feet long and a dozen feet tall; powered by a 391 Ford Truck industrial engine.
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This photo just sort of suggests or indicates that the potential was there, the possibility of a gritty and
spectacular post-holocaust adventure. I think we all ended up with more of a made-for-TV-styled film.

BELOW: Here's a photo of actor Jan-Michael Vincent on the motorcycle during filming of Survi.. er,
DAMNATION ALLEY. As one may note by the wording at the bottom of the photo, the film was
titled "SURVIVAL RUN" during filming. Note the harness / rig of the camera on the back of
motorcycle to capture some point-of-view footage.

The other small b&w photo is of a deleted scene, one of those
mentioned in the above post about cuts made just prior to the film's release;
there's rumor of a scene in which the two ex-air force officers get into a
fight over the death of a 3rd, so this is probably it.

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The photo above left is on the back cover of the magazine Starlog #5, dated May, 1977
_______ (right as Star Wars was about to come out; as far as the date on the magazine,
____________________it probably was on the newsstands a couple of months earlier).
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