Gas! -or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It.


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610.11 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 18 min
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English 2.0
23.976 fps
1 hr 18 min
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Reviewed by classicsoncall3 / 10

"To you it may be deadly, but to us, it's really a gas!"

Well, I watched the whole thing but I can't really say what it was all about. The picture resembles one of those episodes of 'The Monkees' television show from the Sixties, and since this came out in 1970, maybe it took some inspiration from that program. The working premise has to do with a deadly gas that has eliminated the world's population over the age of twenty five, thus setting up a preview of 1976's cult hit, "Logan's Run". Basically, from what I could gather, the story pits a band of hippie, counter-culture, New Age zealots against a team of high school football players led by a would be warrior named Jason (Alex Wilson). A handful of names who became better known after appearing in this travesty include Cindy Williams, Ben Vereen and Talia Shire, but how they landed here will remain a mystery to my mind. With all that, it should come as no surprise that Roger Corman was the director here, working off a screenplay by George Armitage. It's a rare Corman film I'll rate higher than a '5' here on IMDb, a rare exception being 1960's "House of Usher" with Vincent Price. For perspective, this was probably a little better than his "Last Woman on Earth" and about on a par with "Attack of the Crab Monsters". And lest I forget, appearing as well, fresh off their 1969 gig at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair, you'll see and hear Country Joe McDonald and his band, but whether that adds or subtracts from the ambiance of the film you'll have to decide for yourself.

Reviewed by mark.waltz2 / 10

The idiots end up running the Asylum, so just deal with it.

I don't care what era anyone is from, but if mature adults were to discover that it would be people 25 and younger running the world and they had to deal with it as well as being a minority if they manage to survive the deaths of people their own age (26 and above!),something tells me that they would face death Wish happiness rather than live to deal with it. This cult film is one of many dozen anti-establishment films of the late 1960's and early 70's with youth culture taking over simply because a mysterious gas accidentally released by the military has killed anybody over the age of 25 you get to see a few elderly people's courses on the street, but for the most part, it's just the young and the restless and rebels without any cause. That's basically all there is as plot because it's only a series of events that occur when a group of survivors leave Dallas and end up in New Mexico where they are confronted by the varying anti-establishment leaders who have very different ideas of how things will be run.

Among the cast are Bud Court of Harold and Maude, future TV sitcom star Cindy Williams, established Broadway veteran Ben Vereen and a young Talia Shire several years before "The Godfather". Their talent is not in question but they have not been giving discipline direction or a real strip to work from, so they really do not get to established fully developed characters. When the leaders of these varying anti-establishment groups try to speak in mature ways, they all just seem absurd. In fact, there are more moments of just absurdity than reality, and the only way to get through this is to look at it from an absurdist angle.

Of course this was made by filmmakers far older than 25 so the script doesn't always make you think that you were talking with people older than these characters parents. A scene with a group of young natives returning the unwanted elements of what the government gave them to make a living could have had more of an impact had the young native male been presented more naturally, given subtly offensive gay characteristics that are eyebrow raising. As a part of film history, this is important because it shows the strong feelings of the youth of this time with great hatred against the establishment but ironically forced to create a new establishment that showed that nothing had changed but the date, the average age of the population and especially the decrease in population.

Reviewed by nogodnomasters8 / 10


Not since "She" has there been a more bizarre post apocalyptic movie. In this "Logan Run's" film everyone over 25 dies. leaving the world divided in various outlaw anarchist group. The story centers on a hippie couple who preach open love on their way across Texas to Pueblo to find the oracle and "The Answer." They follow billboards as one was traveling on I-95 to "South of the Border."

The various gangs include those with golf carts and a those who "rape, kill, and loot" dressed up as a high school football team complete with an marching band and cheerleaders.

The humor was offbeat which explains the 4 stars. In one scene the woman says "Let's create and ancient legend...anyone who bathes naked in this pool of water after the first cold wintry wind will find the key to happiness." At this point her boyfriend finds a hotel key on the ground, "Sands Casino and Hotel, Las Vegas.

The film talks about sex and rape but doesn't show anything "R" rated. Young girls screaming being chased and thrown on a bed is about as risque as it gets.

No f-bombs that I recall. I watched the film for free on "Epix Drive-in" which normally doesn't edit anything out.

This is a Roger Corman film with regrettable roles by Cindy Williams, Ben Vereen, and Taliha Shire. Mike Castle who played Burroughs in this film went on to become the Claw salesman in Galaxina.

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