Chrome and Dust was written as if it was a movie or television series, and it couldn’t have been conceived without some influence from those mediums. When I need a fix, or if I need to get into the mood to draw ratcars and fuel-injected violence, instead of reducing the spectacular Mad Max series to background noise, I turn to the following list…

5. Resident Evil – Afterlife

While this can be shrugged off as a Zombie-genre or sci-fi action flick, it owes it’s entire aesthetic to the Godfather of P.A. flicks: The Road Warrior. Yes, there’s the high tech bad guy lab underground, yes, there’s still almost supernatural enemies rendered in eye-popping special effects. What workes for me is the look, of course. Nice chopped up autos, some cool costume designs, and a group of people fighting for survival in a wasteland created by man. Not to mention it’s a pretty fun flick anyway.

4. The Book Of Eli

No magic, no sci-fi, no monsters. Just a man on a mission from God, and a special man at that. Marvel as Denzel dispatches crazy cannibals and toughs as he spouts scripture and kicks ass in the name of the Lord. Makes you wonder what it would have been like if there WAS a sequel to Pulp Fiction in which Jules travels the road, helping people. We are talking about Sam Jackson. Anyway, this is Denzel, and it’s a pretty fun flick.

3. Damnation Alley

From out of 1977 comes a hokey tale of survivors of nuclear holocaust who ride around in an armored transport akin to the mobile home in stripes. There’s lots of desert, and lots of fall-out: you MUST see the exciting chase where Jan Michael Vincent and his friend flee on their dirt bike from the ravenous, oversized, radioactive scorpion. A SCORPION. A-Team’s George Peppard also stars. See it on YouTube here:

2. The Road

You want a desperate struggle for survival in a post-holocaust world? There is no story more dire, or touching, than this one. I can’t recommend the book strongly enough, as every sentence by Cormac McCarthy is engineered to garner a response of gloom, dread, and woe. I also recommend chasing this movie with a comedy of your choice.

1. Escape From New York

The same year that The Road Warrior came out and blew our minds regarding what the future held after the gas ran out and all the discos closed for good, John Carpenter offered alternatives to democratic government, the penal system, and outrageous real estate prices in Manhattan. He also defined the new breed of anti-hero in one Snake Plissken: A bad-ass with a soft spot. For himself. Wise cracking and hard-fighting, Kurt Russell’s Plissken just wanted to be left alone in a totalitarian world, call things as he saw them, and never losing his temper, or his cool.

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