Watched this one tonight. I never cared to see the first movie, but I ran across this one for super cheap and figured what the F. Pretty much crap, but sort of fun. Surprisingly, the insane desert cannibal people just aren’t creepy and or scary at all! Just the concept of people living out in the middle of nowhere and eating passersby creeps me out, unfortunately the crazy desert fuckers in this film look like extras from Conan the Barbarian and act like the lobotomized dudes from Planet of the Apes, which is not scary… at all. Plus, I just didn’t buy that they were cannibals. A couple animal skulls thrown about and a bunch of goofy junk sculptures does not a cannibal make. I’m not a Wes Craven nerd or anything but I’ve seen Last House on the Left, and goddamn if that movie didn’t have some of the scummiest unnerving characters around. Not happening here.
Noteworthy scene: So at the beginning of the movie you witness this guy having all these flashbacks that consist of snippets of scenes from the first film. Later on you sit through some more flashbacks, only this time from a woman. AND then a little later you get a flashback sequence from the DOG. DOG FLASHBACK. Fuck yes. In case the other two survivor’s memories weren’t enough to get you invested thank god the dog remembers the crazy desert cannibal fucks that killed the rest of its family years ago. To be fair the dog was apparently the bad ass of the original movie, and he turned out another bad ass role in this one as well. Biting dude’s necks and pushing them off cliffs n’ shit. I kind of wish he got more screen time over some of the humans.
Super stoked to watch this thing. The cover looks so gloriously awesome/terrible. There’s a good chance it might turn out to be mostly bad porn though…
This was a weird one. The story follows a bratty teen biker gang who spend most of their time ramping motorcycles off tiny hills and pulling shitty pranks out in public. Turns out the biker gang’s leader’s mom practices some weird “frog” black magic shit, and he overhears her telling the butler the secret to immortality, which turns out to be pretty simple. Kill yourself. The catch is just before you commit suicide you have to be thinking “I really really really really want to live.” Pretty much the whole gang kill themselves in a myriad of lame ways and come back to life, and then a bunch of other shit happens…which mostly result in a lot of closeup shots of bullfrogs.
I went into this expecting some campy 70s zombie-biker goodness ala “Werewolves on Wheels”, which this movie is not. This movie is part psychedelic motorcycle porn, part hippie musical, part slowly paced gothic British drama, with a touch of a frog fetish.
Noteworthy tidbit: It’s possible this film was the inspiration for the Ghost Rider comic character. The comparisons are obvious and this film predates the comic by a year, AND during the hippie musical scene the dude singing refers to Tom the leader of the biker gang as “Ghost rider”! Purty sweet.
Also, the director of this film committed suicide shorty after its completion. He thought this shit was REAL.
C. came over last night with a hankerin’ to watch a movie that popped up on her Netflix recommendations. That recommendation turned out to be EASY WHEELS (1989), a movie about a group of biker chicks raised by wolves that kidnap babies and leave ‘em in the forest to be raised by wolves as well. Toss in an apposing men’s biker gang who’s mystical leader has the power of clairvoyance due to a metal plate in his head and you got yourself a party! Surprisingly zero nudity, instead you just get lots of really well framed shots of killer 80s hairstyles and biker chicks blowing up shit with homemade grenades.
The highlight moment for me was when She-Wolf, the all-girl biker gang’s leader, goes to the forest and asks her wolf grandmother, who is actually a wolf, for advice on love, and the wolf responds with these sounds that are supposed to be wolf language? but just sound hilariously stupid.