(1970) is an early filmed version of the story that Robert Sheckley kept re-writing throughout his career where a man is being hunted on a tv game show. It's the exact same premise as The Running Man
, but this take on the story has the distinct advantage of not featuring Arnold Schwartzenegger.
(An aside: I just remember that The Running Man
was based on a Stephen King book. That's shocking. There's paying hommage to another author and then there's outright nicking all of his plot elements. Very fucking shoddy indeed, Mr King.)
Anyway, Irwin Schmidt wrote the theme music and it's great. It showed up on the 2012 excavation of Can outtakes The Lost Tapes
. The opening is all shimmering heat, dazed and sunblind, giving no clue about what is to come. The main theme is a strident and caustic piece of psychedelic surf jazz, and it's got a strange flute interlude. As a single piece of music it's a bit all over the place, probably what's needed for a soundtrack, but that main theme riff is a thing of genius. Schmidt has done a fair bit of film music over the years, I wonder if a compilation of that is in order?Can - Millionenspiel(alt)