Damnation Alley (1977) (Blu-ray Review)


Damnation Alley (1977)
Director: Jack Smight
Where to get it: Shout factory

A small group of survivors at a military installation who survived World War 3 attempt to drive across the desolate wasteland to where they hope more survivors are living. Hopefully their specially built vehicles will protect them against the freakish weather mutated plant and animal life and other dangers along the way. This film does include giant scorpions! I think anyone can get at least a little fun and joy out of a film that has giant man-killing scorpions!

This was of course based off a book of the same name. And it does tell the simple, yet interesting story of a small group of people who have survived a nuclear massacre. It’s a slow moving story, but it’s a story that does find it’s way to keep your interest if you keep with it. These people go from one place to another, meeting new people and new dangers. Some are more intense than others, but the part of the movie where they run across some crazy country folks seems to play more like a scene from The Hills Have Eyes when you take the setting and such into account. And if you didn’t know, that’s a very good thing. The film also has a young Jackie Early Haley in it. That’s interesting to see in it’s self.

The film also has some cool color themes coming and going. It’s from the 70s, so it’s not visually stunning by any means, but it is interesting. I think if the movie has a real fault it’s the slow moving nature of it. I think the film’s pace does nobody any favors and can make things a chore to get through once the action or drama has slowed down. The actual transfer of this film is a bit soft in areas. The film has random pops and scratches, but fans of this movie won’t be getting this any better than this. It may be a love it or hate it movie, but it’s not so bad as far as post apocalyptic movies go. I just wish it had more giant scorpions!

(6/10)