Hell Ride is very weird movie, one moment you think that it’s utter crap and the next hell_rideyou’re like wow this actually cool. It rides on a wave that Tarantino, Rodriguez, Coen brothers created, so you can see a lot of motives stolen from their movies, although this is a relatively specific movie. Executive producer Quentin Tarantino and director/main star Larry Bishop wanted to create a very stylish exploitation homage movie. What they ended up with is something that’s neither here nor there. This surreal place that the movie found itself in is perfectly reflected through the atmosphere. They wanted every scene to ooze that pulpy super-cool vibe, something that’s pretty noticeable in Quentin’s later work. Sometimes they pull it off, sometimes they don’t. However, one cannot deny that there are extremely interesting setups that can be and will be analyzed by generations to come. One might call it unintentional intentional luck.

He goes by the name Pistolero and he’s one mean son of a bitch. During the seventies he was the leader of a biker gang called Victors, but after a rival gang killed his woman, he decides to leave the biker life and start a different career. Years have passed, but Pistolero’s hatred for the rival gang 666ers and people who murdered his girl is still as hot as the first day. He decides to reform Victors and seek revenge against the 666ers.

First thing you will notice are the old guys and young girls. It looks strange to hear some of the things they are saying in their efforts to seduce these old school bikers, but this just adds to the overwhelming wtf feeling that Hell Ride generates. The story is pretty simplistic with obvious twists and lame dialogue. Just another addition to the mess. The casting for this movie was pretty spot on, with several of the high profile, cool looking actors doing their best with the material. Vinnie Jones, David Carradine, Michael Madsen and Eric Balfour were great, while Larry Bishop was, well, Larry Bishop. He shot a number of movies during the sixties and most of the featured the same story of bikers looking for trouble. Quentin called him up for Kill Bill 2 where he met Madsen and this is how the movie came to be.

Director: Larry Bishop

Cast: Larry Bishop, Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones, David Carradine, Laura Cayouette

Fun Facts: ‘Peter Fonda’ was offered a role, but declined saying he was ‘done with biker movies.’


IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411475/

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