Warlords of the 21st Century aka Battletruck!

Gas is at 4 dollars a gallon here in the U.S. It seems like it’s rising daily. Obviously oil is very important in all of our daily lives but it won’t last forever. Unfortunately, the upcoming Oil Wars predicted by the 1982 post apocalyptic Road Warrior-esqe flick Warlords of the 21st Century, aka Battletruck, directed by Harley Cokeliss is going to jack prices sky high. If what this film says is true, it’ll top out at $59.99 a liter before it becomes a rare commodity that roving bands of soldiers will destroy small villages for.

Battletruck refers to the heavily armored semi truck that carries Straker (played by James Wainwright) and his maniacal military crew in search of oil across the nuclear wastelands that cover North America. When one of Straker’s female members, Corlie escapes, she is rescued by Hunter (Played by Michael Beck – Swan from “The Warriors). Hunter is a tough as nails loner that answers to no one but himself. He also drives a bad ass motorcycle with a bunch of stuff piled on to it to make it look futuristic.

Hunter takes Corlie to the nearby village of Clearwater to get settled in and meet up with the townspeople, as he prefers to live alone. There she meets up with Rusty (played by John Ratzenberger – Cliff Clavin from “Cheers”) who is on her side and wants to keep her in the village, although there is some opposition. After the townspeople adopt her as one of her own, Straker and his gang come in and raid the town looking for her. Hunter decides that he’s going to take matters into his own hands and extract some loner justice on Straker and his men, building a battle truck of his own, with the help of Rusty. Adding to the difficulty, there’s also a rat in the mix that Hunter will have to deal with. Can Hunter save the people and take care of Straker? Only his bad ass motorcycle, mini battletruck and awesome soundtrack can decide that!

I have to say I was a little surprised when I found out that Michael Beck and John Ratzenberger were in this. I didn’t expect a movie called “Warlords of the 21st Century” to have any talent, let alone two guys that I knew of and easily recognized. The acting is pretty good considering the material, and the production work was done really well too.

Some things to notice is that whenever Hunter is riding on his motorcycle at high speeds, jumping little rock clusters and gliding around dustry trails, he always wears a black mask attached to his helmet. That way they can mask the identity of the rider, and Beck can appear to be the driver whenever necessary. Another is that the actual battle truck itself is pretty sad looking. I think they could have spent a little more work on it to make it actually look menacing. As it stands, it’s basically a Semi with a ram welded onto the front, and some louvers on the windshield.

Warlords of the 21st Century is a great name, but BATTLETRUCK is even better. I think they should have marketed it as that in the U.S., they would have made a killing. With a name so awesome, it ends up being an average movie with good production values and convincing acting performances by most of the key players.

Oh, and if you’re a fan of Kenny Loggins 80’s music without the vocals, you’ll really love the scene where hunter drives his hunk of shit jalopy on it’s test drive through Straker’s camp. Pure AWESOMENESS! I think they spent half the budget on the explosion in that scene and the ending scene.


8 thoughts on “Warlords of the 21st Century aka Battletruck!”

  1. Hahahahahahahahaha … FUCK?
    Seems like U don’t know JACKSHIT about how heavy 3/8 inch PLATE steel actually “IS” eh?…
    with your “puddlin reference to?
    Another is that the actual battle truck itself is pretty sad looking. I think they could have spent a little more work on it to make it actually look menacing. As it stands, it’s basically a Semi with a ram welded onto the front, and some louvers on the windshield.
    Hahaha – U’r useless KENWORTH’s were easily BROKEN BACKED by the weight…
    It eventually “ran” on a hugely strengthen Pacific Logging Truck Chassis … AND… FYI…
    Clearwater Village?
    Close By…
    Close By what?
    “Hunter’s “homestead” (prop) was on the hillside of The Old Man Range… – nearly THIRTY MILES – south west of the Clearwater Village site…
    PLUS- his bike?
    It was a Honda SL125.
    Oh… and “when’ he rode away from his “home” … he rode SOUTH EAST…(away from the “village”…
    Then… strangely “lept’ sideways… and travelled a distant RURAL farm access road… ten miles EAST of both…
    A quick 180deg flip … & he was RIDING N?W of both… then?
    The final half mile…
    HE was (suddenly) “whisked” eight miles N/E
    To arrive on my Grandads Runhold – the CLARE estate
    (& the “dome” was FULLY inside my fathers old orchard)

    P.s… – the Huge “boom” & resultant FIRE… shown at the start of the movie… as well as IN the granade down the “lifted” rock scene…
    WAS DONE at th very end of filming…
    AND Hunter4s Funeral…
    (Simply as the weather was “perfect” at that time)


    Alexandra CLOCK HILL “Lookout” allows view of Battletruck “FILM”
    (ALL BATTLETRUCK SCENES- apart from final destructive cliff-fall)

    Video filmed in 2009

    Galloway …
    JUST six miles on a gravel road – seperated these two “film_props” ..
    PLUS… ONLY a few small farm paddocks were “between” the Striker campsite (OIL_DUMP) & where the lower reaches of the 500acre runhold started – upon which… (at other end) Clearwater Village’s “film_prop” was located…

    Video taken in 2009

    Distant Overview (in 2009) of “remains” of Clearwater village area

    Video taken in 2009

    Would you “like’ me to make you a slideshow video … OF all the family photos …
    We owned this area … for OVER FIFTY YEARS… and three of my family – “played” as extras in the film…
    PLUS… between the end of filming in 1978 …
    Until my Uncle passed away last year?
    I have litterly hundreds of photos… OF THE REMNANTS of the BATTLETRUCK (film) “props” slowly decaying across the years…

  3. Oh & P.S…
    The “filming” was ALL DONE
    In Central Otago … (NEW ZEALAND)

    In 1978

    (of the “initially_completed” film)


    It was ‘Projected’ upon the Alexandra Memorial Theatre’s Screen
    (in 1979)
    Later… (before being released overseas)

    It was deemed “more” appropriate.. to call it?

    WARLORDS .. of the 21st Century
    (thats why – there is the “aka” … BATTLETRUCK)

  4. Oh.. footnote…
    ? Half the budget… as you so kindly refer…
    WENT to paying the top two or three actors…


    Hahahaha – !!!
    It was a HUGE PILE… of Old useless worn-out tyres,
    Tossed fairly carefully upon as BIG a collection of OLD ORCHARD FROST_FIGHTING_POTS …
    (mostly filled with waste motor oils from all the local garages & service stations… ALONG with about 1,000 litres of POT_OIL
    … being OUTLAWED a couple of years before – by the local “clean_air_acts” … and were simply a rough mix of Kerosene, Deisel & various waste_oil “mixtures”
    (As actually – this was the ONLY method.. that allowed the orchardists to dispose of that NOW useless “crapload” of waste_oil)

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