Damnation Alley

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“More than a movie. An adventure you’ll never forget!” The world may have been devastated by a nuclear holocaust, but that doesn’t mean there’s no time for a fun-filled road trip through the rubble-strewn hell known as Damnation Alley!

“A pretty damned silly post-apocalypse adventure with lousy effects and goofy science that still manages to be a lot of fun.” – Cult Movie Reviews

Armageddon has begun, causing the Earth to tilt on its axis and bringing vast meteorological chaos. As the weather stabilizes, giant mutated insects start to emerge, picking off the survivors as though they were flesh-flavored Cheetos. The surviving crew at a U.S. Air Force bomb shelter in the Mojave Desert picks up radio signals coming from Albany, NY, and before you can say “This has GOT to be a bad idea,” two macho officers played by George Peppard (before he joined The A-Team) and Jan-Michael Vincent (before his career went into Hollywood free fall) are crisscrossing the ruins of America in a massive armored personnel carrier in search of survivors. Along the way, they meet shotgun-toting sadists, radioactive storms and angry flesh-eating cockroaches, plus “That ’70s Kid” Jackie Earle Haley (following up on his stint in The Bad News Bears) and sexy Las Vegas singer Dominique Sanda, found wandering in the ruins of Circus Circus. Before you know it, they’ve got themselves a funky new model of a nuclear family, but are they EVER gonna get to Albany, and if they do, what’s going to be waiting for them? An ultra-chintzy ‘70s “epic” featuring some of the worst radioactive skyline effects ever seen in a motion picture, not to mention rubber cockroaches, disastrous flooding scenes obviously shot in a large bathtub, and miles and miles of ham-fisted dialogue that’ll make your ears bleed, Damnation Alley is a fun blast of post-nuke garbage. (Dir. by Jack Smight, 1977, USA, 91 mins., Rated PG)