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May 13

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Alice Comments: Upon graduation from the Unknown Artist Institute you have unlimited opportunities as an unpaid intern in the movie poster field.

Published 1978

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.75 out of 10)
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21 Responses to “Damnation Alley”

  1. Francis Boyle Says:

    The “publishers” of Star Wars. Nuff said.

    Edit: Dammit beaten by the mouseover! Walks of muttering “always remember to check the mouseover”.

    Edit2: Not the artist’s fault I know, but I’d really like my massively awesome all-terrain vehicle to have some suspension options. (Can’t believe I’ve waited 40 years to complain about that.)

  2. A.R.Yngve Says:

    From The Concession Stand That Sold Popcorn During STAR WARS Screenings

  3. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Now A Less-Than-Sensational Paraplegic Pictures Film

  4. fred Says:

    Paul Winfield pretty much sums up my reaction to this cover.

  5. Line Noise Says:

    Is that the Mind = Blown guy in the middle?

  6. Adzel Says:

    From the review: “…accurately describes any cross country road trip where the final destination is Albany.”

  7. THX 1139 Says:

    More like Dumb Nation Rally, amirite?!

    *Raises hand enthusiastically for high five*

    *Puts hand back down when nobody responds*

  8. Bibliomancer Says:

    This is a disaster movie. In more ways than one.

  9. THX 1139 Says:

    @Biblio: Wasn’t it a disaster at the box office thanks to a little movie called… what was that name? Oh yes, Star Wars.

  10. JuanPaul Says:

    I successfully identified three of the actors on that cover before checking IMDB. It’s actually a pretty solid B-movie cast.

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    I can’t speak for the book, but the movie very clearly came off like a cheap TV series edited into a feature-length meh.

  12. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Where bowlers in Hell spend their time.

  13. Alice Says:

    @JuanPaul – It’s not George Peppard’s A-Team. Must be his B-Team.

  14. Tat Wood Says:

    Damnation Alley – the true story of how Scientology wrecked the career of a former ‘Cheers’ star.

  15. Ryan Says:

    Bad cover is suitably correspondent to the bad movie. The movie would have been better if all the scenes containing dialogue or George Peppard’s mustache had been edited out.

  16. JuanPaul Says:

    It’s the story of garbage collection in a violent post apocalypse future.

  17. THX 1139 Says:

    Dominique Sanda looks worryingly similar to Jan-Michael Vincent here.

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Fairly good likenesses of the actors. Not the actress.

    The post-apocalyptic vehicle moldered away quietly in the Valley for decades. (Make your own joke)

    The book isn’t bad, but as everyone knows the movie is.

    @Adzel: LOL.

    @Tat(14): GSS.

  19. Bruce A Munro Says:

    @GSS ex-noob: I haven’t read it myself, but I really can’t imagine any post-apocalyptic road trip written by Zelazny being anywhere near as tedious as that movie.

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @Bruce: I read it about 15 years ago and it was pretty interesting. Moved along at a good clip and had Zelazny’s usual prose style. I didn’t feel I’d wasted my time.

  21. Anti-Sceptic Says:

    This brings back so many memories. When I was a kid I absolutely loved anything remotely sci-fi on tv. When this movie was shown, I was like this is the coolest tank ever! So, poo to all you poo-poo-ers!

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