“Bikes, beer and booty” fail to convince critics, get fans excited

You’ve gotta hand it to Larry Bishop. Any film that garners a bad review starting off describing the film as “a biker film, a spaghetti Western, a soft-core porno, a slice of macho poetry” (the review also talks about the chracters: “They act tough and commit brutality and fool around with legions of hot hookers”, hell yeah!) is at the same time – at least in my book – exactly the exploitation-type film I want to see. I’m talking about Hell Ride, starring Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour, Vinnie Jones and the stunning Leonor Varela (she played the sexiest Cleopatra that TV has ever seen). Granted, if you scour the “interwebs” these days, a day before the movie officialy opens in the US of A, you’ll find a majority of not so good reviews for this biker film homage. Roger Ebert destroys it, some call it the worst movie of the summer, an aweful movie,  an in-joke past its expiration date,  a little fuzzy, a half-baked homage, running on fumes, but it seems like even those that gave it bad reviews can’t wait to see it again. And I know why. I haven’t seen it, and I will probably have to wait for the  DVD. But seriously, those old biker films, put me wrong but they certainly didn’t score two thumbs up from major film critics in their days, and what do these reviewers expect from a low budget homage to exploitation biker films? I know what I am expecting: bikes, beer and booty, throw in some cool dudes and funky one-liners, hot chicks and motorcycles, guns and wide angles. If I want deep material, I watch a De Sica movie, I wanna have fun. Larry Bishop told Tarantino.info that anyone interested in sex, violence and fun will like this flick. Our reviewer calls for an MTV best picture award for this. I know this is a movie for the geeks and exploitation lovers out there. I can’t wait to see this, screw the bad reviews, wouldn’t be the first movie that rocked no matter what good old Roger Ebert had to say about it. Read this review. And well at least it’s gonna be able on DVD and BluRay soon as well.

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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

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