That's never been truer than it is in the world of film, and the 1979 SciFi sleeper hit from the great 'land down under' (Australia) Mad Max -- along with its sequel The Road Warrior (1981) -- certainly can be credited with the birth of the modern post-Apocalypse thriller. The bombed-out desolation people by what remains of an uncivil society became reasonably commonplace at the cinemas and video stores of the 1980's -- largely thanks for Max and his adventures -- and film fanatics were treated to one road race after another over the next decade. Granted, there was a whole lot of trash -- both literally and figuratively on the screen -- left in mankind's wake, but those of us who appreciate the downside of humanity found equally as much treasure in the experiences.
Billed as a joint Spanish/Italian production, The Exterminators Of The Year 3000 roared onto movie screens on this day back in 1983 (in its native Italy). The feature's overall look clearly let audiences know right away that, indeed, it was inspired by the Aussie original. Written by the team of Elisa Briganti, Dardano Sacchetti, and José Truchado, the cinema spectacle was directed by Giuliano Carnimeo. Here's the plot summary as provided by IMDB.com:
"In the year 3000, the Earth has been rendered a desert by nuclear war. A group of survivors goes in search of rare and valuable water, but standing in their way are the evil Exterminators, who live only to cause pain and misery."
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