Monday, February 26, 2018

Death Riders (1976)

Director: Jim Wilson

Composer: Jerry Styner

Starring: Henry Trumblay, Bud Boerma, Joe Byars, Jim Cates, Ron Cheesman, Larry Mann, Jim Moreau, Floyd Reed Jr., Floyd Reed Sr., Danny Reed, George Sisson, Rusty Smith, Bob Spears

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Meet the Death Riders ... As They Attempt the Most Dangerous and Terrifying Stunts Ever Seen on Film!

Plot: This documentary follows a traveling troupe of daredevil stunt drivers performing wherever there's an audience.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

Well that was disappointing.  What should've been an exciting and thrilling look at daredevil stunt drivers ends up being about as bland as you can get.  It's not boring but then it barely achieves being entertaining.  The guys in the troupe are camera shy to an extent that makes for a lackluster interview.  They seem like regular Joes, down to Earth types that like to goof around only what we see isn't all that fun to watch...except for when they perform for a nudist colony!

It's a fuzzy picture but you can make out the biker jumping over a sea of butts.  That was a fun segment but it took up about five minutes.  The stunts can be fun but they repeat them which can get old.  What makes it worse is that there are a lot of close up shots of the stunts rather than the camera stepping back to allow the viewer to see it as you would if you were there.  These guys aren't doing this in their backyards; there's a big audience watching every time.  The lousy VHS print I saw didn't help at all.  It's practically unwatchable for the night scenes.  I came to this for the stunts and it was a let down.  It's even worse when watching this as a movie.

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