One of God's great gifts to the modern cinema was the biker exploitation flicks of the late 1960s. Packed with drugs, graphic violence, extreme immorality, titties, and motorcycles, films such as The Wild Angels, Hells Angels on Wheels, Satan's Sadists, and more made big bucks at the drive-ins. Check them out if you like, but be warned: These films are unfit for most high-minded Portlanders.
Regardless, one of the names you'd often see in the cast lists was actor Larry Bishop, who was in tons of '70s crap TV, but became a cult figure by playing nasty bikers in The Savage Seven, Angel Unchained, and Chrome and Hot Leather. Naturally, such a figure would catch the attention of trash auteur Quentin Tarantino, who later cast him as the a-hole strip club owner in Kill Bill: Vol. 2. It was Tarantino who convinced Bishop to use his talents to write, direct, and star in Hell Ride, an updated homage to the B-movie biker flick—and one that has violence, immorality, and titties aplenty.
Bishop plays Pistolero, the president of the Victors motorbike gang, who's leading a war against the 666ers—the bikers responsible for the death of his woman. His plan of revenge is complicated by mistrust and deceit within his own organization—particularly from his right-hand man, "The Gent" (played by a terrific Michael Madsen), and his new left-hand man, "Comanche" (Eric Balfour), who has his own reasons for payback.
Hell Ride has a much more confusing plot than its late-'60s counterparts: There are far too many characters who are far too filthy to tell apart, and the machinations of both gangs are labyrinthine in scope. On the other hand... TITTIES! And lots of 'em, along with sweet gruesome violence and fun cameos from Dennis Hopper and David Carradine. So forget about silly things such as "plot" and "morals"—just hold on and enjoy the ride.