Death Race 2000

Artist: Thomas William Chantrell
Format: UK Quad (30"x 40")
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1975


An archetypal cult film that was produced by the legendary ‘B’ movie aficionado Roger Corman, “Death Race 2000” (released in 1975) has crafted something of a legacy. The film is set in a dystopian American society in the year 2000 where the violent and deadly Transcontinental Road Race has become one of the nation’s most popular forms of entertainment.

Produced and filmed quickly so as to profit off the advance publicity for “Rollerball”, the film was decried upon initial release for its controversial subject matter and violence. However it proved to be a financial success earning $5 million with just a budget of $300,000 and has since been praised for its ‘no-holds-barred’ enjoyment.

The UK Quad poster was designed by Thomas Chantrell and perfectly captures the fun though bloody essence of the film. An unsettling image of star David Carridine’s character Frankenstein takes centre stage above a gruesome pool of blood underneath the film’s title.

Chantrell was particularly adept at designing posters for the exploitation and horror bracket where he could experiment as well as use his tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. His design for 1970’s “Taste the Blood of Dracula” (image courtesy of is arguably most akin to his Quad for “Death Race 2000” through their shared use of a blood-spatter effect alongside large-foreboding imagery of the title character. For further information about Chantrell, please visit