Monday, November 10, 2008

Hell Ride (2008, Larry Bishop)

Hell Ride is a film I first heard of through its association with Mr. Quentin Tarantino. After seeing a trailer online I knew it was something I'd be interested in , basically an over the top, violent, exploitation/biker film.

Here's where I give a brief synopsis of the film. A group of bikers called the Victors, led by Pistolero (Writer/Director/Co-producer Larry Bishop) go in search of...wait, what were they searching for? I remember there was a box or something. Oh and Dennis Hopper and David Carradine appear too. Vinnie Jones is super bad-ass as the rival gang's leader. Michael Madsen as Gent and Eric Balfour as Comanche are very good too, as Pistolero's right hand men.

As you can tell, I don't really know what the film is about. But you know what? It doesn't really matter. The film succeeded in accomplishing what it was trying to: make a modern day exploitation biker film. I knew Hell Ride would be extreme, but I wasn't expecting this. The only thing more shocking than the amount of violence, profanity and (soft-core worthy) nudity is the fact that the film received an R rating and can be purchased at your local Walmart. I have seen plenty of sleazy films, many have been banned all over the world and few of them can hold a candle to Hell Ride. With all that being said, I really enjoyed the film. Hell Ride is chock full of many genre veterans, all of which are in fine form here. I'll admit that I had never heard of Larry Bishop until this film, but I can promise I'll be seeking out more of his works. I guess you could call the muddled story a little disappointing but the film makes up for it in many other ways.


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