The Death Race series of movies shows no signs of, pardon the expression, slowing down. After launching in 2008 with a remake of Roger Corman's original 1975 cult classic Death Race 2000, the modern franchise is now four films deep, with the latest, Death Race: Beyond Anarchy, hitting Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD next week.
This dystopian vision of a future in which prison inmates are forced to compete against each other in deadly auto races — all broadcast on a reality TV program — has remained intensely popular with fans, who have continued to keep it on the road even as the films have veered off the big screen and gone directly to the home market.
Let's watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Death Race: Beyond Anarchy:
Beyond Anarchy is actually, like Death Race 2 (2010) and Death Race 3: Inferno (2013), a prequel to the 2008 movie — but it's also the movie that brings the series to the doorstep, time-wise, of that film. This time out, a new inmate named Connor Gibson (Zach McGowan of Black Sails) is planted in the supermax prison with the express purpose of going head to head with Frankenstein (played this time out by Velislav Pavlov) and taking the legendary masked racer down.
By the time the action is all said and brutally done, the Death Race series will have gone full circle. It will be up to those diehard fans to demand that the series find a way to continue from here, which we imagine the filmmakers and studio will be happy to do.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy is directed by Don Michael Paul and, in addition to McGowan and Pavlov, also features Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon), Danny Trejo (Machete), Fred Koehler (American Horror Story), Christine Marzano (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them), and Terence Maynard (Edge of Tomorrow). Get your motor running and head out to pick it up (or stay home and order it digitally) on Oct. 2.