Friday, November 18, 2011

She-Devils on Wheels (1968)

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis

Starring: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner, Rodney Bedell, Pat Poston, Ruby Tuesday, John Weymer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Riding their men as viciously as they ride their motorcycles!

Plot: An all-female motorcycle gang, called 'The Maneaters' hold motorcycle races, as well as terrorize the residents of a small Florida town, and clash off against an all-male rival gang of hot-riders.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again? Nah.

This has so much to offer in the way of crazy fun but it's bogged down with lots and lots of meaningless traveling shots - so much so that it drags the picture down a couple of notches. It's only there for filler and it's so typical of biker films. Lose that shit and you've got something along the lines of FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (1968)-lite which means it's pretty fun. Queen is right out of a Russ Meyer picture. She's the tough-as-nails leader of the gang and she's a real ass-kicker. You wouldn't want to mess with her, that's for sure. There's some gore including a decapitation which is really fun. The second half of the already short 82 minute flick is weaker than the first half but that's mostly because of the filler. And there's not a single shot of nudity which is something this picture cried out for. But still, it's worth a look if this seems even remotely fun to you. The Something Weird Video DVD has a few extras. There's a commentary from the director, a sub-10 minute documentary film and the trailer. It's worth a rental.

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