The Death Wheelers

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A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in …

ACTORS :  Nicky Henson, Mary Larkin, Ann Michelle

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1973

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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The Death Wheelers  A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don’t necessarily turn out as expected… Motorcycle Maniacs on Wheels

Interesting biker cult film

The Death Wheelers  The British are one of the few cultures with enough savvy to pull off a good cult cycle science fiction scenario.

This one involves a family of a Satanic nature, the mother of whom is prim and proper, and whose other member, her son, is the leader of a Hellish motorcycle gang.

Goerge Sanders is the wild card as the butler figure.

The son learns that he can have an immortal and immoral life of evil just by dying, under the right conditions. The catch is a series of rituals along with an unfailing Faith in your resurrection into Evil.

He paves the way and convinces the rest of his biker gang to join him. It is a small grass roots gang of 2 women and 5 other men. Most are willing, but a couple of them relent.

Ann Michelle excels with a great presence as an evil biker girl. Too bad she wasn’t a heroine more often, but the seventies were not a decade of risk taking, despite what people claim. Stereotyping was a seventies staple.

Still, this film has a great atmosphere to it, a bit of humor, and some creativity, never detracting from the story line.

What does the title have to do with the film? Who knows!

I’ve just watched this great film, and I just can’t believe I haven’t watched it sooner. What a movie! It’s got everything a great seventies horror should have – groovy music (very reminiscent of Air’s soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides), a well-spoken biker gang, hilarious suicide attempts, the living dead, as well as a bizarre occult fascination with frogs. Or were they toads? Who cares. It’s a great film anyway, and I was pleasantly suprised at it’s total lack of sex and gore. It just goes to show that you can have an entertaining horror film without resorting to exploitation.

And as for suprise endings, well, you’ll never see this one coming, I promise you!

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