I haven’t seen a new biker movie in years. So, I guess I’ll be renting the DVD when “Hell Ride” hits the stores. A crummy biker movie certainly isn’t worth a trip to the movie theater, but it might be worth a 2 or 3 buck rental.
Quentin Tarantino has attached his name to this movie, although he seems to have had no actual role in producing it. Dennis Hopper plays a role in “Hell Ride,” thus connecting the movie back to the hippie/biker classic “Easy Rider.”
Characters in the movie sport names like “Pistolero,” “Machete,” and “The Swede.” Perfect. Check out a trailer from the movie here. Gratuitous violence and sex guaranteed!
The poster has all the themes you’d hope to find in a biker movie. Note the motto across the top: “The Rebellion Against All There Is.” The color scheme of the poster invokes flames and heat. Boobs and butt cheeks figure prominently. Biker exploitation movies fall just short of belonging to the porn genre.
Were biker gangs the creation of Hollywood movies? You could certainly make a case for it. The press loves biker gang stories, and manufactures them if real ones can’t be found.
The plot seems pretty thin. From Wikipedia:
“Larry Bishop stars as bad-ass biker Pistolero… who along with The Gent and Comanche… hit the road to avenge the death of Pistolero’s old lady Cherokee Kisum... by the 666ers, a rival motorcycle gang.”
You need just enough plot in a biker movie to get from one action scene to another. After that, it’s roaring bikes, middle fingers, boobs and butts, gang fights and blood spattering. Back when I was a kid, I watched these movies while seriously impaired. I’m sober just about all the time these days.
I’ll let you know what I think of this flick once I rent the DVD.