And yet, simultaneously -- even as a kid -- I was highly intrigued by the film and the unusual "garbage"-punk-styled world it presented with such dedication and flamboyance. To my young mind, the movie also somehow felt dangerous and transgressive in a way that bigger budget films clearly did not. There was a overwhelming and unsettling feeling that the Spacehunter storyline might head in some...unsavory directions.
First, Spacehunter is actually a kind of forward-thinking, early cyberpunk effort in shape and scope; and secondly, the film gets a lot of mileage out of its post-modern references to the history of science fiction; particularly what might be affectionately termed "pulp" fiction.
"They've come a long way since Monday Night Football..."
|Unlikely partners: Niki (Ringwald) and Wolff (Strauss).|
In his all-terrain vehicle, "The Scrambler," Wolff navigates "the Zone" in search of his quarry. Unexpectedly, he is assisted by Niki, a young girl with a tough exterior who longs for friendship. An able "tracker," Nicki leads Wolff through deadly adventures with the Zone's residents, including obese bat creatures (!) and sexy Amazon women seeking robust breeding stock.
Also on the planet is a soldier-of-fortune named Washington (Ernie Hudson), who once served in the military with Wolff and is also hoping to collect the reward for the safe return of the three women. Together, Wolff, Washington and Niki infiltrate Overdog's headquarters, where he is conducting gladiatorial games, and attempt to complete the mission.
"Why can't anything be simple, anymore?" Spacehunter as Cyberpunk
|On Terra 11, the forces of Overdog lay siege to a sail barge/train.|