The trailer for the direct-to-DVD prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson's Death Race has hit the web. The film tells the story of the famed driver Frankenstein's rise to infamy and features scenes of Danny Trejo and Ving Rhames looking grizzled.
The Death Race franchise ain't high art, but it's never done me wrong. The Corman original was unimpeachable, and Anderson's was a fatal game of Mario Kart run by an eeeevil Joan Allen. Here's the synopsis:
Death Race 2 takes place in the very near future, as the United States economy begins to decline and violent crime starts to spiral out of control. To contain the growing criminal population, a vast network of for-profit, private prisons springs up, creating a lawless subculture ruled by gangs, cold-blooded killers and sociopaths. The worst of these prisons is Terminal Island. Convicted cop-killer Carl Lucas arrives on the Island to serve his life sentence just as ruthlessly ambitious television personality September Jones launches the ultimate reality show, Death Race. A brutal prison yard demolition derby that pits prisoners against each other in steel reinforced, heavily armed vehicles, Death Race offers the winner the ultimate prize: freedom - if he can survive to enjoy it. When Lucas signs up to be a driver, the stage is set for the birth of a legendary racer.
[Via Bloody Disgusting]