WEREWOLVES ON WHEELS (1971)
Article 3504 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 2-22-2011
Posting Date: 3-19-2011
Directed by Michel Levesque
Featuring Steve Oliver, D.J. Anderson, Gene Shane
What it is: Bikers and beasts
When a biker gang crosses swords with a Satanic cult, they find themselves under a curse that begins killing off the members of the gang one by one.
I’ve got to be honest; with a title like this one, I certainly wasn’t expecting a good movie. I did harbor the hope that the movie would at least deliver on the one visual it seemed to promise – a shot of a gang of biker werewolves tooling around on their choppers. Not only does the movie never give us that visual, but it plays all mysterious about the werewolf angle, not giving us a good view of one until very late in the movie. And though one of the werewolves eventually does get on his motorcycle and ride around, that’s still only one, and most of the footage is too dark to appreciate. So what we mostly get is bikers doing biker stuff – terrorizing passers-by and living their hedonistic lifestyle. If this is your idea of a great time, you’re welcome to it; it’s a better biker movie than it is a horror movie, for what it’s worth. There is at least one memorable scene, though, in which the gang of bikers disappears into a dust storm; it’s the eeriest moment in the movie.