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Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema #84 - Mad Max (1979)
Posted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 at 10:47:50 pm EDT (Viewed 168 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Sci-Fi Cinema #84 - Mad Max (1979)
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Great choice. Thanks for the memories. This is a movie that I think almost everyone has seen after the sequel, the Road Warrior. (Maybe Aussies are an exception).

I find it interesting that this one is set before the apocalypse. It feels more like "the Warriors" (1980) where the police and society are still in place, just the gangs are out of control.

I always remember the Night Rider constantly shouting "I am the Night Rider" over and over again to the point where its just obnoxious.

You basically picked out all the memorable scenes for me. The scene with his wife and kid getting killed is particularly hard to stomach, even if it is not directly on screen. And the final hacksaw scene really confused me as a kid as it was such an odd finish. But I can really appreciate it now.

Overall, I think this one is descent but this is the example I always think of when someone asks about sequels which are better than the originals as the Road Warrior is seminal in my opinion.

Oddly I do believe I saw this one first. Must have been one of Dad's VHS rentals. I didn't understand much but I remember the scene where Goose is burned alive and Max visits him in the hospital and his charred hand drops out of the sheet. Presumably he's still alive. We don't see him but Max is horrified and he's tells everyone else "I don't know what that thing is but it's not Goose!" I found that quite disturbing.

The second movie I probably actually saw second but it was the one that stuck with me most. I believe George Miller said that the first movie was really just practice for the second. I think for a while I actually became confused whether they movies were actually sequels or just similar unrelated movies. Due to the U.S. title being The Road Warrior instead of Mad Max 2.

The first one has no budget but some of the chase scenes are spectacular and probably were extremely dangerous.

The Mad Max movies inspired a fleet of imitators and tabletop games and such like Autoduel and Car Wars. I actually wonder if they were more inspired by the first movie than the second because some of the games had a working society where you get parts to rebuild your cars.

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