Manu Family Vacation and an Actor’s Tribute to Roger Corman

Manu Family Vacation and an Actor’s Tribute to Roger Corman

So, what does actor Manu Bennett have to do with a dystopian vision of the future in Peru?

Bennett, best known for his portrayal of Azog in the Hobbit, has an official Facebook fan page, and it is chock full of photos of his family vacation in Peru. They stayed at the luxurious Aranwa Hotel in Cusco, toured the Sacred Valley and visited Peruvian artist/sculptor Pablo Seminario in Urubamba.

But his FB banner doesn’t feature that vacation,or Azog, or Deathstroke or Crixus, or any other of his movie or TV roles.

It’s all about Hollywood Indy legend Roger Corman, a founding father of low-budget, high-concept cult classics.

It’s a tribute to Corman, who turned 90 on April 5th.

Manu, it turns out, is climbing into the driver’s seat as Frankenstein, the unbeatable stock car driver from hell, a la Corman’s 1975 classic B-movie Death Race 2000.

It’s the remake, Death Race 2050.

Filming started in Peru in February and it co-stars Malcolm McDowell, playing the “Chairman.”

“The new movie updates the concept of automotive gladiators earning points for killing pedestrians and their fellow drivers,” The Hollywood Reporter reported… in Peru, where such road rage warriors do very nearly exist. (Well, the drivers are getting much better than they used to be… but the reputation still sticks.)

The movie is co-produced by Coreman’s one-time protoge, Peruvian director Luis Llosa of Anacanda fame. Lucho Llosa pitted J.Lo against B-horror monster snake in Peru’s Amazon jungle.

This sequel is planned as a direct-to-video film that will be available on Blu-ray and VOD.

Indy film Death Race 2050 shot in Peru

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Authored by: Rick Vecchio

Rick Vecchio, Fertur’s director of development and marketing, was educated at the New School for Social Research and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He worked for Pacifica Radio WBAI and as a daily reporter for newspapers in New Jersey, New York and Massachusetts. Then in 1996, he decided it was time to realize a life-long dream of traveling to Peru. He never went back. While serving as Peru country manager for the South American Explorers from 1997-1999, he fell in love with Fertur's founder, Siduith Ferrer, and they married. Over the next six years, he worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press. Meanwhile, Siduith built the business, which he joined in January 2007. Now he designs custom educational and adventure tour packages for corporate and institutional clients, oversees Fertur’s Internet platform and occasionally leads special trips, always with an eye open for a good story to write about.

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