Okay, so Land of Doom (aka Bad Raiders) may not be the best movie ever made. But it’s not the worst! So it’s got that going for it…
The film starts off with our heroine Harmony (Deborah Rennard, Dallas) giving the usual post-apocalyptic voice over during the opening credits. You know, all about how the Nuclear War ended civilization, save for a few good people fighting against cannibals, scavengers, the plague… blah, blah… BLAH!
We are first introduced to Harmony as her village is under siege by the usual band of blood thirsty, motorcycle riding, leather studded and masked Raiders. As the Raiders rape and plunder her village, and in some cases plunder each other for a chance to rape one of the villagers, Harmony is seen hiding out in either a stable or a black smith workshop. As the Raiders leave, Harmony takes refuge in a nearby cave.
Enter Anderson (Garrick Dowhen, General Hospital) who is already hiding in the cave. It’s never explained how or why the rugged Anderson is hiding out in the cave, but when the untrusting Harmony sees him and begins to leave, Anderson begs her to stay. The reluctant Harmony agrees to share the cave with a blood soaked Anderson who, for as near as I can tell was either shot or stabbed. It’s hard to tell because the pain Anderson experiences in his wound comes and goes so often.
Throughout the night, they exchange in witty banter as Anderson spews out platitudes about rebuilding civilization and helping his fellow man, etc. It’s not until the wounded Anderson shoots a cave snake above Harmony and “saves her life” that Harmony decides to share her food with him. They fall a sleep in the cave…
The next morning Harmony and Anderson wake up (be it in a completely different cave) and strike a deal allowing Anderson to tag a long with the loner Harmony, so long as he doesn’t slow her down.
From there, they set out across the desert wasteland fighting the before mentioned cannibals, scavengers and Raiders. If I had to guess, I would say Land of Doom was filmed over 5 short days. Also, the production company must have gotten lucky and got their hands on some ancient ruins, that they not so cleverly recycle by way of different camera angles, so as to hide the fact that it’s only as big as a 1 city block. It’s actually the only location, except for some miniature scale models used to blow the bridge. What really helps this movie is the generic music score that may have been borrowed from a Ron Jeremy film from the 1970’s.
Though it may be hard to tell, I really do like this movie. I just want you to be well informed before you watch it. It’s a fun film and charming due to the fact that they commit to the world they’ve created. The acting is also rather well done and enjoyable. Land of Doom’s director, Peter Maris would move on to such greats as Viper, Terror Squad, Warpath and 2007’s Zombie Hunters.
I recommend this movie if you, like me, can’t get enough of those Mad Max-esque post-apocolyptic movies. Check out the clip below, and please do share your thoughts!