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Janne the Director’s Favorite Rare Movies Top 100 List #43: Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970)

April 12, 2011

janne the director from lunki and sika wearing a The Shield logo t-shirt43. Gas! -Or- It Became Necessary to Destroy the World in Order to Save It (1970)

By coincidence (or caused by a lazy list maker) this one has got a lot in common with the previous movie on the list.

Here the world gets hit by a gas-s-s-s that kills everybody older than 25. But instead of 80’s fetishes you get your 70’s fetishes drained.

There are a lot of different sides to producer/director Roger Corman, the man that got an honorary Oscar for making serious Edgar Allan Poe movies, crazy comedies, cheap horror and action; and could make movie classics like Little Shop of Horrors in only three days of shooting. But the side of him that made this is the one I like the most – the funny, political and naive Roger Corman. But never mistake being naïve for being stupid.

Here he just lets loose on society and lets those free lovin’ freedom lovin’ hippies have their way with the world. And it turns into an almost Rod Serling-esque tale of be careful for what you wish for but told as a Looney Tunes comedy with gun fights…. But instead of guns you yell out western actors and whoever yells the biggest name you shout wins. Lee van Cleef!

And we have one of my favorite scenes when two cops are chasing a hippie into a church and the hippie manages to hide by dressing up like a priest. When they ask him if he have seen a hippie and he request the police to describe him the police say: Long hair… weird clothes. Looks like a real trouble maker. And then Roger Corman cuts to a statue of Jesus. No, it hasn’t been anyone like that around the church for years.

PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 44. Night of the Comet (1984)

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