“Mad Max meets American Gladiators in the ultimate road war!”
Wow, that tagline promises so much.
Also called Badlanders, this movie moves us to the year 2200. Earth’s ruler is threatened by his brother Himshaw (Jack Wilcox). The rebel leader who is soon sent to Annakin, the prison planet that gives this movie a name, so two of his commandos named Blaine (James Phillips) and Shiba (Kim Kopf) get caught on purpose so that they can rescue him.
Michael M. Foley, who played the big bad guy Broxton, went on to play Tracey “Tracer” Swedom on WMAC Masters, a kung fu fighting show that tried to air around pro wrestling in the mid 90s. It didn’t last all that long. Hosted by Shannon Lee, the daughter of martial artist Bruce Lee and sister of Brandon, it had Ho-Sung Pak (who was Shang Tsung and Liu Kang in the first two Mortal Kombat games), Chris Casamassa (Scorpion from the Mortal Kombat movie) and Michael Bernardo (Nick from the two Shootfighter films). It was created by Chairman/CEO of 4Kids Entertainment Alfred Kahn and their President Norman J. Grossfeld along with Kathy Borland, who in addition to writing the initial episode also was the costumer for Two Evil Eyes, Monkey Shines and Day of the Dead.
Director Armand Gazarian also made Games of Survival, Double Cross, Streets of War and The Searcher. He wrote the script too, which was based on a story by James I. Nicholson, who directed Dark Harvest.
This was followed by two sequels, Prison Planet 2: The Armageddon and Prison Planet III: The Revenge. Neither of those movies share any of the same filmmakers as this movie, nor any of the actors. In fact, they are comedies about two men who steal a king’s pizza and get banished to a prison planet.
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