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Hell Ride DVD review

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
October 28th, 2008

Bikes, beer, and booty, Michael Madsen the familiar Quentin Tarantino mainstay, says it right speaking of the biker-guy code, which also happens to be the best description of HELL RIDE. Larry Bishop directs, writes and stars in HELL RIDE and Tarantino applies his worn-out stamp of approval. This movie is no frills, many kills, and little thrills. The story entails the good/evil “Pistolero” played by Larry Bishop, avenging a violent death that happened 32 years ago. While the audience may understand the main-central plot, everything leading up is baffling, including which characters are bad and which are good. This would be fine if it was on purpose, but it is not and the intense biker slang and unexplained nicknames only make it more confusing. This movie is NOT in the vein of DEATH PROOF and PLANET TERROR by any means, since it seems the cover was meant to give that impression. HELL RIDE is not a bad movie, it is just not as impressive as Larry Bishop wanted it to be, and the brain-overload of naked women and vagina-talk does not make up for a lack of original action or a well written storyline. If you want the excess of a soft-core porn with the action of any episode of MYTHBUSTERS, than this is the movie for you.

Despite the short-comings of the film the DVD itself is actually fairly appealing, with a decorative menu art to start from the beginning. The Special Features section of the DVD is remarkable and actually makes you appreciate the film much more. Besides the stalwart Theatrical Trailer and Larry Bishop commentary, the DVD contains separate but informative segments on the making of the film, the babes, the guys, and the choppers of the movie. Each of this is no more than 15 or 20 minutes long but explains more the history of biker-gang movies and their appeal to the makers of this film. You also learn that Larry Bishop was in a number of biker films in the 60’s and 70’s; the one that is mentioned most often and the one that inspired him and Tarantino to make this movie is THE SAVAGE 7. The last and most worthy of note segment of the HELL RIDE DVD Special Features is the Michael Madsen Video Diary on the set. Though I would not go as far as to say that Madsen is a legend or even essential to modern cinema in the past 25 years, he has had some important roles in essential movies; though this is not one of them, his insight is nonetheless charming. If you do decide to rent this movie and the movie leaves you feeling a little ripped off, make sure you watch the Special Features and you will feel at little more content with the dollars you spent on the rental.

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