Years before Jason Statham channeled his Shakespearian training for the lead role in the remake, David Carradine walked off the set of the hit TV show Kung Fu and dropped into the driver's seat of Death Race 2000. He portrayed, with great pathos, the stitched-together anti-hero, and death race driving champion, Frankenstein, whose chief rival was the snarling Machine Gun Joe Viterbo (Loved by thousands, hated by millions!), better known to most of us as Sylvester Stallone. The Roger Corman-produced film was a cult hit, and got plenty of press for its unflinching depiction of sadistic violence, copious quantities of ketchup-based blood, and cornball dialog. It was sort of Gumball Rally meets Deathproof, with a little bit of 8mm home-made snuff film thrown in for good measure.