Sunday, November 23, 2014

Running Man (1987)
The Running Man (1987) Poster

*** out of 5

"I'm warning you, I get sick. Air sick, car sick. I'm gonna throw up all over you."
"Go ahead. Won't show on this shirt."

Classically absurd Schwartzenegger sci-fi with a dose of real grim satire of America violent entertainment culture, police-state mentalities, and complicit media that is willing to cover up wrong-doing if it means better ratings or the further cementing of their own political ideologies.

You get all the awful campy sci-fi costumes and scenery you would expect of the 80's, and some of the Austrian Oak's most outrageous one-liners in this film, plus former Family Feud host Richard Dawson as the cold, ratings-minded host of the gruesome titular game show in which convicts are hunted down by gladiator-like "Stalkers" played by the likes of Jesse Ventura,  Jim Brown, and some famous wrestlers of the time like would-be opera singer Erland van Lidth and the imposing Professor Toru Tanaka.

And if that doesn't sound odd enough to make you want to see it at least once, Stephen King wrote the original novel under a pseudonym.

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