Seeing all of these previews for the new Fox series Drive makes me yearn for a faux reality show that was pitched to the networks but was eventually created into a feature release, now on DVD.
Five contestants are selected from a city in a seemingly random lottery and the winner of the previous series travels to the town to make a total of six contestants. Each series of The Contenders is played within the limits of a chosen city or town. Contestants are provided with a gun, though they may acquire other weapons, and the last one left alive after killing all the other contestants is the winner.
This is madness on the edge of Natural Born Killers – blending media and violence and sadism and marketing to gruesome effect. I still want this to be created as a faux-TV show. I think it would scare the hell out of some people. Maybe somehow throw a pornography angle to make it even more lurid.
There is a baseball bat beating scene that absolutely disturbed the hell out of me – and the expert part was the camera was trained only on spectators reacting as you hear one of the ‘contestants’ beat a young girl (also a contestant) to death with a bat.
Get it at Blockbuster or Netflix today.