ICFIFC: Death Racers (2008)

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

ICFIFC: Death Racers (2008)

I have written before that I would take substance over style any day when it comes to a good horror story, tonight we have neither.  I happened across tonight’s film by accident and was so amazed it even existed that I had to share the pain with you fine people.  But first the background information for those unfamiliar with the stars of this movie.  As always if you are a fan of either of the stars of this movie I am not passing judgment, simply pointing a finger and saying look at this thing that I have found.


Insane Clown Posse (ICP) is an American hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan. The group is composed of Joseph Bruce and Joseph Utsler, who perform under the respective personas of the "wicked clowns" Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope (originally 2 Dope).  Insane Clown Posse performs a style of hardcore hip hop known as horrorcore and is known for its elaborate live performances.  The duo has earned two platinum and five gold albums.  According to Nielsen SoundScan, the entire catalog of the group has sold 6.5 million units in the United States and Canada as of April 2007.

Originally known as JJ Boyz and Inner City Posse, the group introduced supernatural- and horror-themed lyrics as a means of distinguishing itself stylistically.  The duo founded the independent record label Psychopathic Records with Alex Abbiss as manager, and produced and starred in the feature films Big Money Hustlas and Big Money Rustlas.  They formed their own professional wrestling federation, Juggalo Championship Wrestling, and later collaborated with many well-known hip hop and rock musicians.  The group has established a dedicated following called Juggalos numbering in the "tens of thousands".

The songs of Insane Clown Posse center thematically on the mythology of the Dark Carnival, a metaphoric limbo in which the lives of the dead are judged by one of several entities.  The Dark Carnival is elaborated through a series of stories called Joker's Cards, each of which offers a specific lesson designed to change the "evil ways" of listeners before "the end consumes us all".


Scott Anthony Levy (born September 8, 1964), better known by his ring name Raven, is an American professional wrestler, producer, writer/author, and actor.  During his career he has held multiple championships across the world.  He is a former two-time ECW World Heavyweight Champion and former one-time NWA World Heavyweight Championship, which he held whilst in TNA Wrestling.  He also held the WCW Light Heavyweight Championship once, WCW United States Championship once, and is the record holder for most reigns as WWE Hardcore Champion with 27 reigns, which is also the record for most reigns of any title.  He has also held several world tag team championship, having won the ECW World Tag Team Championship four times and the WCW World Tag Team Championship once.

He is the 2005 King of the Mountain winner at Slammiversary in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, being only the second person ever to win the annual event.  Between WCW, TNA, WWE and ECW, Levy has held 37 total championships, in addition to numerous independent titles.

Levy is the innovator of numerous types of "gimmick" wrestling matches, such as Clockwork Orange House of Fun match, Raven's Rules match and Hangman's Horror match.  He, along with Devon Storm and Jerry Lynn are the only wrestlers to have wrestled for WWE, WCW, ECW, TNA, and Ring of Honor (ROH) in their careers.


Death Racers (2008)

  • Genre: Action – Comedy – Horror
  • Directed: Roy Knyrim
  • Produced:
    • Paul Bales  
    • Rachel Goldenberg  
    • David Michael Latt  
    • David Rimawi
  • Written:
    • Andrew Helm  
    • Roy Knyrim  
    • Patrick Tantalo
  • Starring: Violent J, Shaggy 2 Dope, Scott Levy, Jason Ellefson, Robert Pike Daniel, Stephen Blackehart, Dean Kreyling, Anya Benton, Caroline Attwood, Jennifer Keith, Teri Corcoran, Krystle Connor
  • Music: Joseph Kamiya
  • Cinematography: David Conley
  • Editing: Bobby K. Richardson
  • Studio: The Asylum
  • Distributed:
    • The Asylum  
    • Moefie Klub   
    • Peacock Films
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 23 September 2008
  • Running Time: 92 minutes
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English

In the year 2030, a civil war breaks out in the United States.  In a final attempt to restore order, the president declares martial law.  In 2033, a massive prison camp known as "the Red Zone" is built in a desolate city that soon holds over one million insane, violent felons. The United States is declared safe.

A dangerous criminal known as the Reaper (Scott "Raven" Levy) has been extracting Sarin1, which he plans to spill into the nation's water supply.  One of the prisoners, FX (Dustin Fitzsimons) secretly films the Reaper with a Wi-Fi digital camera as he discusses these plans, and the state's governor, Reagan Black (Robert Pike Daniel) finds out about them.  Black develops a plan to hold a "death race" within the prison system, assembling four teams of racers:

 

• The Severed Head Gang, consisting of Danny Satanico (Koco Limbevski) and Fred "The Hammer" (Jason Ellefson), two members of the largest gang in the United States, known for decapitating their enemies.  The team is given a customized 1995 town car.

• Homeland Security, consisting of Colonel Bob (Paolo Carascon) and Captain Rudy Jackson (Rick Benedetto), formerly honored, but now disgraced members of the United States Army.  The team is given a vintage 1943 Willys MB.

• Vaginamyte, consisting of Double-Dee Destruction (Jennifer Elizabeth Keith) and Queen B (Thereese), two serial killers who seduced and murdered over 72 male and female victims.  The team is given a yellow Lotus with a black widow spider design.

• Insane Clown Posse (Bruce and Utsler), whose violent form of hip hop was attributed as indirectly influencing multiple murders, acts of terrorism and a school massacre which resulted in the rappers being convicted for these murders and being dubbed as "the Charles Manson of their time".  Although the group's music has been banned, it continues to retain a strong fan base.  Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope are given an ice cream truck customized with a meat grinder, machine guns and "all the bling-bling these two Detroit locals could find".

The race is televised live, hosted by anchors Harvey Winkler (Stephen Blackehart) and Jennifer Ramirez (Caroline Attwood).  Black offers the teams gathering points for killing loose prisoners, promising freedom to the team that brings back the Reaper—dead or alive.  When Danny Satanico suggests that the four teams escape, Black reveals that each team member has a chip implanted in their bodies which would kill any member that breaks the rules, using Satanico to demonstrate.

When Insane Clown Posse's truck gets a flat tire, a fight ensues between the teams and loose criminals.  In the distance, Violent J witnesses an explosion.  The teams investigate, finding the burning Homeland Security jeep with two corpses inside.  Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope find FX filming the race.  He tells them that there will be an ambush at their first destination, and they let him ride in their van.  Each of the teams work together to surprise and kill the ambushers.  Metal Machine Man (Damien Puckler), under the order of the Reaper, kills FX and attacks the racers before being hit by missiles fired by a pair of mysterious men.

The teams fix their cars before dispatching.  Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope arrive at the Reaper's lair, and successfully infiltrate the fortress, preventing the Reaper and his henchmen from releasing the Sarin into the water. The mysterious men arrive, firing a rocket into the room, and reveal themselves to be Colonel Bob and Captain Rudy, who were hired by Governor Black as inside men, and faked their deaths to convince the other teams that they had a chance of winning.

Believing the Reaper died in the explosion, Bob and Rudy retrieve his severed hand and leave in Insane Clown Posse's truck.  Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope emerge from the rubble.  Because Violent J is injured, Shaggy 2 Dope goes after Bob and Rudy alone.  The Reaper appears and attempts to release the Sarin as Violent J attempts to stop him.  The Homeland Security team members arrive at the finish line, presenting the Reapers hand to Governor Black.  Shaggy 2 Dope rises from the back of the truck, shooting at Bob, Rudy and the governor. Black presses the button to activate the explosives in the bodies of the Insane Clown Posse team members.  The Sarin explodes, causing a chain reaction which destroys the country.  The End.

In September 2008, Death Racers was released direct-to-video by The Asylum.  The film's soundtrack featured original music by Joseph Kamiya, in addition to previously released music performed by Insane Clown Posse.  Joseph Bruce referred to Death Racers as "a terribly shitty movie", but states that he does not regret making the film, because it inspired him to continue with the production of Big Money Rustlas, because he felt that Psychopathic could make a better film than Death Racers.  At the 2008 Gathering of the Juggalos, Bruce referred to the film as "the bootleg ripoff fake version" of Death Race.

 

Notes:

1. Sarin is a colorless, odorless liquid, used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent. It has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687.  Production and stockpiling of Sarin was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, and it is classified as a Schedule 1 substance.

Sarin can be lethal even at very low concentrations, with death following in 1 to 10 minutes after direct inhalation due to suffocation from lung muscle paralysis, unless some antidotes, typically atropine or biperiden and pralidoxime, are quickly administered to a person.  People who absorb a non-lethal dose, but do not receive immediate medical treatment, may suffer permanent neurological damage.

 

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