I watched Damnation Alley. I'd actually somehow never seen it before.
I sat down here with the intention of writing something about it, but it's so boring. It's hard to think. George Peppard is boring, playing a boring character. Jan-Michael Vincent is rather charmless as Lt. Jake Tanner, the emasculated version of Hell Tanner, the anti-hero of the original novel Damnation Alley by Roger Zelazny. Even Jackie Earle Haley bored me.
The only things that didn't bore me completely were Paul Winfield and the Landmasters, the badass vehicles they use to cross the country.
It takes its episodic nature from the novel, but frankly isn't able to squeeze a drop of drama from any of its episodes.
And that's what I can think of.
Then I stumbled into this post, Hell & Damnation: Looking at Zelazny’s out-of-print novel Damnation Alley (and the movie and what that should have been, somewhat), which says most of what I'd say if I could have brought up the energy.
I may try to wash the taste out by revisiting Hardwired, the tribute to Zelazny's book by Walter Jon Williams that has been a long time favorite of mine.