torture and desert suffering like PASSION OF THE CHRIST:
Mayan fashion and gauntlets of brutality like APOCALYPTO:
and I see Gibson even has a new film in pre-production called HACKSAW RIDGE, and I gotta say– MAD MAX has always had plenty of hacksaws! Clearly, therefore, the auteurist "Genesis," if you will, of the Gibsonian worldview was born... in the THUNDERDOME!
Speaking of which, the Thunderdome is terrific.
Is that a human catapult/sex swing?
...though I have to tell you, for a movie called BEYOND THUNDERDOME, there's only one scene set in the Thunderdome. Bit of a disappointment, there: I wanted a full, feature-length Aussie/Ozzie kumite.
This is a fascinating film, however; and while it's possibly the weakest of the MAD MAX trilogy, it's never uninteresting– it's like Terry Gilliam and Alejandro Jodorowsky collaborated on an 80s grindhouse flick that thinks it's LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (they even hired the legendary Maurice Jarre to do the score, and he inexplicably quotes LAWRENCE, WEST SIDE STORY, and the "Klingon Theme" from STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES)
and she forces Mel Gibson audition to be her backup dancer (or maybe it was her assassin? all I remember is that she said "You're the first to survive the audition!").
Anyway, that's just about all I have to say, except to add that there's an actor in it whose first name is "Angry" (Angry Anderson, singer and activist), and that counts for something. Here's hoping for an eventual sequel called, MAD MAX: 100% THUNDERDOME.