The Death Wheelers


Adventure / Horror

IMDb Rating 5.8 10 1920


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George Sanders as Shadwell
Robert Hardy as Chief Inspector Hesseltine
Nicky Henson as Tom Latham
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Reviewed by Richard Dominguez 7 / 10

Late Night Memories

Imagine If You Will Me At 13 Years Old And My First TV In My Own Bedroom ... Imagine Working Hard All Week So I Can Stay Up Late Saturday Night And Watch Late Night TV And "Psychomania" Is The Movie I Watch ... My First (Undead, Zombie) Back From The Dead Movie ... Of Course Not The Movie I Remember In The Dark Of A Late Night Saturday But Still Interesting And A Good Watch ... Yes Campy And Outdated This Movie Never Offers A Dull Moment ...

Reviewed by Mark Turner 6 / 10

Biker/Horror Combo Cult Flick

There is indeed a cult following to this movie, alternately titled THE DEATH WHEELERS in some releases. I recall the first time I ever saw the film on a terrible VHS copy put out by one of the really low quality companies that recorded everything in slow speeds to use less tape, the end result being a washed out picture with glitches, static, rolling bars and terrible sound. To say I was unimpressed would be an understatement. And yet I heard and read of people loving this movie and wishing there would be a great print offered by someone. Arrow Video has met that challenge.

The story is fairly simple. A bike gang known as The Living Dead tool around on motorcycles that would leave much to be desired by U.S. biker gangs. With skulls painted on the front of their helmets and their name printed on their leather jackets they terrorize motorists on the road by racing by them or straight at them. Oooo scary.

The leader of the gang is Tom (Nicky Henson), a long haired well-bred and well-dressed young man with a curious interest in life after death. His mother (Beryl Reid) is a psychic who holds séances in their posh modern styled home. She has a servant of sorts in Shadwell (George Sanders). We're not quite sure if he's her butler, confidant or lover but he's there and helps her. It seems she holds the key to eternal life but she refuses to share it with Tom. He does learn what it is though: you simply have to believe you will not dies with every fiber of your being. Yes, that is the secret to eternal life. Really? So what does Tom do with this information? Test if of course. He believes totally that he will live and on a jaunt with the gang terrorizing the locals he eventually drives his motorcycle straight off the bridge. This results in his death. The gang wants him to go as he lived and buries him in the local cemetery sitting astride his motorcycle in an upward position. No coffin and with barely enough dirt to cover him. But remember Tom knew the secret to eternal life. With the sound of motor revving he pops up out of the ground, his motorcycle propelling him forward.

Meeting up with the old gang he shows them he is now invincible. Excited by the news each member then makes the decision to follow suit and they kill themselves one by one only to come back. The only exception is Tom's girlfriend who isn't quite sure this is what she signed on for. More happens but this sets things up for you.

For me the story was really lacking in any meat that should have been wrapped around the bones offered here. Perhaps worse was that the "biker gang" seemed more like a bunch of rich spoiled kids tooling around on scooters than the Harley styled motorcycles seen in most biker flicks of the time or on the open roads to this day. That anyone would find this group frightening if encountered on the roads was something I just couldn't wrap my head around. At times I wondered if Austin Powers would pop up as a gang member.

And yet there is a certain amount of charm to the movie. It showed a time in history when this was the supposed rebel. It's a far cry from what we've seen represented in English cinema since when you look at films like SCUM or LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad one but at least we have something captured on film that shows us what may have been going on at the time.

I give Arrow Video high praises with each new release they offer and it holds true here again. The quality of the print here is such that it made me forget that washed out old VHS version I saw years ago. If there is a fog bank on screen here it is intended rather than a sad state of affairs given us by some cheap video company. In addition to the best version available on disc we have a slew of extras. There's an interview with Nicky Henson, an archive featurette with interviews with the rest of the cast, an archive interview with the music composer for the film, an archive interview with a singer for main song in the film, a new featurette about the company that made the costumes, a short piece on restoring the film and the theatrical trailer.

This movie may not be everyone's bag of tea but it is definitely worth a watch. Horror fans will want to add it to their collections. Movie fans will want to give it a glimpse. And those of us who found the film in the dollar bargain bin years ago on VHS will now have the chance to see it in much better shape than we did all those years ago.

Reviewed by gavin6942 7 / 10

Forgotten British Horror

A gang of young people calling themselves the Living Dead terrorize the population of their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will return and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things do not necessarily turn out as expected...

The film started out as a production from Benmar Productions, which predominately made Spaghetti Westerns in Spain (such as "Captain Apache") but also produced "Horror Express" the year prior. Then along came this script, which was either titled "Psychomania" or "Death Wheelers" (sources seem to disagree equally on the "correct" title). Interestingly, today "Horror Express" is a minor classic, but "Death Wheelers" is forgotten. Why?

All the right ingredients are here for the perfect blend of cult classic and respectful film. On the respectable side, you have DP Ted Moore, who had shot several James Bond films and had already won an Oscar for "A Man for All Seasons" (1966). Would an Oscar winner make a bad film? And composer John Cameron is well known for his many film, TV and stage credits, and for his contributions to "pop" recordings, notably those by Donovan, Cilla Black and the group Hot Chocolate. So say what you will, but the camera and sound are as good as any big budget film.

On the cult side, you have a great cast of B-movie veterans: Denis Gilmore (Village of the Damned), Nicky Henson (Witchfinder General), Beryl Reid (Dr. Phibes Rises Again) and more. While none of them are big names, that role is filled by George Sanders, a giant in the world of cinema (who, quite frankly, was slumming it here in his final role). Some key moments -- such as the baby in the supermarket -- make this a timeless exploitation gem, and you have to give them credit for beating Roger Corman's "Death Race 2000" (1975) in some respects.

When you talk about low budget films, it is dun to note where the (little) money goes. Interestingly, the film's single biggest expense was the mechanics, because (according to Nicky Henson) eight full-time mechanics were needed to keep the motorcycles running. The studio could not afford top-end bikes (especially if they were going to be wrecked), but probably spent almost as much getting these lesser bikes to stay operational. The only expensive cast member was legendary actor George Sanders, so shooting was scheduled around him to get him off the set in five days.

The biggest unforeseen expense may have been for stunt man Cliff Deakins, who might have ended up in the hospital three times during filming if the on-set stories are correct. He found himself hitting walls (and water) harder than intended. According to IMDb, this film is his only credit, which really leaves me wondering where he came from and where he went.

Apparently, this movie was almost universally hated in the 1970s, both by critics and the cast. Respect has grown for it ever since, and rightfully so. While not outright scary in any way, and without the deepest plot or dialogue, it really is a fun, twisted film and a great concept. The subgenre of "supernatural motorcycle riders" is small, but "Psychomania" is definitely better than either of the "Ghost Rider" films.

As always, Arrow Video brings us the best possible version of the movie in terms of picture and sound, and pack in the extras. We get a brand-new interview with star Nicky Henson and "Hell for Leather", a brand-new featurette on the company who supplied the film's costumes (which is more interesting than you might think). Brought over fro ma previous Severin release, we have "Return of the Living Dead", an archive featurette containing interviews actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder and Rocky Taylor and "Sound of Psychomania", an archive interview with composer John Cameron. Heck, we even get "Riding Free", an archive interview with 'Riding Free' singer Harvey Andrews proving he can still play (and sing) the tune decades later.

A very brief feature (roughly 2 minutes) us "Remastering Psychomania", a look at the film's restoration from the original 35mm black and white separation masters. If you're like me and are still learning the difference between 2K, 4K, interpositive, and other terms of the Blu-ray era, this is a great crash course on what is done to make an old film pop like new.

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