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.
“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.