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Awesome: 11.11%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Average: 0%
Pretty Bad66.67%
Total Crap: 11.11%

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by Chris Parry

"Ed Wood aspired to this standard of filmmaking. Nobody else did though..."
2 stars

A retired soldier (Chris Robinson) wanders into a down-home Middle American town to relax, chill out and do some nice etchings of the locals. Unluckily for him, his appearance coincides with the rise to power of a local biker gang that is recruiting local youths at an alarming rate. Well funded by a drug kingpin and more than a little hepped up on goofballs, gang leader Keeg (Bruce Dern) is a violent and moody mofo. So moody in fact that when he spots the artiste drawing pictures of his gang members, he reacts violently and decides he should show the punk what for. The catch of course is that Pencil-Boy is no pushover and can look after himself.

Some folks say that films like this perpetuated the myth of the biker gang in the 60’s and 70’s, dramatically overplaying the danger of the situation at hand. I say, they didn’t perpetuate the myth, they created it. Bruce Dern did a buttload of these flicks, always playing the same guy, crazy and unpredictable, lethal with the ladies and even more lethal with a switchblade, and but for the occasional exception to the rule, each of these films played on the ‘marijuana will melt your head and cause you to die’ hysteria. Here, a young girl is fed drugs and when she wakes up next morning acts like her brain capacity has dropped by 97%. Sure, maybe she took a bad trip, but stumbling around town, covered in dirt, wearing nothing but FMB’s and a jacket, behaving like you’ve been homeless for 9 weeks is hardly going to be the result.

And that’s the story of this film, overacting and scare tactics designed to inflame the fears of those watching the flick and have them believe that a teenager with a weird haircut is going to rape their children, set fire to their grandmother and plant pubic hairs in their soap. TV news shows work on the same principle – scare the audience and they’ll come back for more – but the problem with this tack is that if the audience has the slightest semblance of intelligence, the film ends up looking like a cross between Reefer Madness and I Married a Teenage Biker Slut.

As the artist, Chris Robinson seems about as comfortable as a public rectal exam on a cold winter day, while female co-star Melody Patterson sets a whole new standard for ‘deer in the headlights’ looks. Small hiccups like walls that shake when they’re touched and characters speaking dialogue that sounds like it was written in Swahili and then translated to English, don’t help put across the idea that this thing is worth watching for anything but purely ‘car wreck curiosity’ value.

It’s total drive-in pap, the sort of disposable film that was undoubtedly shot without the realization that we’d one day be rehashing it on things like cable TV, satellite TV, video and DVD. Certainly it’s barely worthy of any of the above.

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12/21/10 mr.mike Better than most biker flicks 4 stars
12/18/10 Michael LIvingston This Film Rules 5 stars
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  02-Feb-1969 (R)


  02-Feb-1969 (M)

Directed by
  Bill Brame

Written by
  Bill Brame

  Bruce Dern
  Chris Robinson
  Melody Patterson
  Scott Brodie
  Casey Kasem
  Scott Brady

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