Mad Max

7 Movies That Tried Too Hard To Be Mad Max Via YouTube

Fury Road is the fourth instalment in the Mad Max series of post-apocalyptic action movies. Its release came a full 30 years after the last Mad Max movie, Beyond Thunderdome, which is a testament to the enduring appeal of the franchise. However, whenever there’s a successful film franchise you’re bound to find movies that try to capitalize on its success by copying them in almost every conceivable fashion. But it could be worse. At least those filmmakers are trying to copy something that’s cool, right?

If your appetite for desert wasteland destruction can’t be slaked by Mad Max movies alone, try checking out these seven obvious ripoffs.

7. Battletruck

“The year is 1994. . .after the oil wars. . . after the destruction of the cities. . . Batteltruck!” This was actually part of the voiceover for the 1982 science fiction movie Battletruck (also known as Warlords of the 21st Century), and it should give you a pretty good idea of the caliber of the film. Battletruck basically tried to copy Mad Max in every way possible way, but failed miserably from a cinematic standpoint. The only real difference between the two plots is that the hero in Battletruck rides a motorcycle instead of a V8 Interceptor, and the film was shot in New Zealand instead of Australia. Via

6. Equalizer 2000

There really isn’t much plot behind this movie. It takes place in a post-nuclear Alaska where a fascist group, known as The Ownership, clashes with rebels in hopes of controlling a super weapon called the Equalizer 2000. Engines roar, guns blaze, and people die — it’s all very much in line with the Mad Max movies. Even the Wikipedia page for Equalizer 2000 touts it as “one of the many Mad Max ripoffs which were prevalent in the mid 1980’s.” Via

5. 1990: Bronx Warriors

This Italian science fiction movie isn’t just a shameless rip off of Mad Max, it borrows heavily from The Warriors and Escape from New York as well. The plot revolves around a 17-year-old girl who happens to be the heiress to a giant weapons manufacturing corporation. Because she’s unable to face the guilt that comes with inheriting a morally problematic company, she runs away to the violent wasteland that is The Bronx. 1990: Bronx Warriors is the epitome of cheesy 80s action movies, but it’s almost worth a watch just to see how fabulously bad the dialogue is. Via YouTube

4. 2019: After the Fall of New York

Another movie from the Italian post-apocalyptic genre, 2019: After the Fall of New York takes place after a nuclear holocaust has ravaged the entire planet and left the remaining inhabitants unable to procreate. Humanity’s last hope for salvation is a mercenary on a mission to save the last fertile woman on Earth. As the movie goes on, things get more and more Mad Max-ified as biker gangs and rusty, dust covered battle cars start coming out of the woodwork — but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Via

3. Steel Dawn

If you’ve ever watched Road House and thought to yourself, “this movie would be way better if it took place in a desert and everyone carried swords”,  then Steel Dawn is probably right up your alley. It stars Patrick Swayze as a wandering swordsman named Nomad who is search of the man who killed his mentor. Part way through the movie, things start becoming a lot more like Mad Max as Nomad comes across a gang attacking a small town for their local water supply and decides to step in and protect them. Although Steel Dawn is definitely lacking in originality, there are some bright spots, like desert-car jousting and a pretty good final fight scene. Via

2. Warriors of the Apocalypse

After a nuclear war wipes out most of human civilization, a wanderer must lead a group of nomads in search of the fabled “Mountain of Life” in Warriors of the Apocalypse. This movie is basically The Road Warrior in an Amazonian setting. There is, however, one awesome thing Warriors of the Apocalypse features that the Mad Max series is sorely lacking — laser eyes. Lots and lots of laser eyes. Pew pew! Via

1. Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

If the movies Mad Max and Krull had a baby, it would probably look something like Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn. The story is about a space ranger who’s in search of an intergalactic criminal named Jared-Syn. When he finally tracks him down on the dustball planet of Lemuria, he discovers Syn is leading a group of ruthlessly territorial nomads who have started a holy war to drive inhabitants from their land. Now, only the space ranger can stop Jared-Syn and save the people of Lemuria from a life of slavery. Metalstorm is clearly a blatant ripoff of Mad Max. Just looking at the main character almost forces you to do a double take because his appearance is almost identical Mel Gibson in The Road Warrior. He also drives around in a armored SUV that looks like it was purchased directly from the set of Mad Max. But the best part of Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn has to be the misleading title because, as you’ll see if you ever take the time to watch it, Jared-Syn is never actually destroyed in the movie. At the end he just hops on his space-bike and teleports to another dimension or something. It’s magnificent. Via
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