(reposting from December 2010 for posterity’s sake, and because there is a rumor Supervan is being rebooted.)
A man named Clint enters a solar-powered van equipped with a laser called Vandora into a competition known only as Freakout.
Van-ploitation films hit a new high (or low) with 1977’s Supervan. The dialogue is horrible, yet sparse, it relies mainly on CB chatter and even then it’s poorly overdubbed. The majority of the shots are designed so you can watch each sweet van after airbrushed van pass by.
Oh, did I mention it was shot in St Joseph and Kansas City? (known in the film as Vansas City)
Vandora was designed by Hollywood car-customizing legend, George Barris. He designed The Batmobile, the Clampett’s jalopy, KITT from Knight Rider, The General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard and Vandora.
On the way to Freakout, Clint and pals are chased relentlessly by cops and bikers. But each time, they avoid capture and/or death by using Vandora’s solar-powered laser.
When they finally reach Freakout, (the predecessor to the still-active MO Vanstock), Vandora and gang relax, smoke drugs, show off their vans, jam on some tasty tunes and watch a wet t-shirt contest judged by Charles Bukowski…yes, the poet.