Gas-s-s-s (Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It)

B

(out of 5)


Roger Corman combines environmental activism, counterculture exploitation and something of a response to Easy Rider into a flat, forgettable comedy.  In the near future, after a deadly gas has been released by irresponsible military might that causes anyone over 25 to immediately grow old and die, a hippie meets a girl at school and they immediately hit the road.  Escaping the authorities, they have a Wizard of Ozlike adventure of increasingly bizarre experiences in the parched, post-apocalyptic southwest landscape, including cowboys who have turned bandits, a college football team who have turned the game into a battle to the death, and Edgar Allan Poe himself before finally making it to a peaceful commune where everyone can just get along.  Early performances by notable actors like Talia Shire (here credited as Tally Coppola), Cindy Williams and Ben Vereen are perhaps worth your curiosity, but the film is a boring mess (and its final edit was taken from Corman, which might explain this) and much of its satire was done in a similar vein to much greater effect in MASH the following year.


San Jacinto Productions

USA, 1970

Directed by Roger Corman

Screenplay by George Armitage

Cinematography by Ron Dexter

Produced by Roger Corman

Music by Country Joe and the Fish

Production Design by David Nichols

Costume Design by Vana Carroll

Film Editing by George Van Noy


Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s