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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Under the Radar: Hell Ride

If I told you nothing about this movie and played it for you without the credits, and then asked you to guess who made it, a few names would come to mind. You would probably say Robert Rodriguez or Quentin Tarantino. It seems like it could have been on the same bill as Planet Terror and Death Proof in the Grindhouse film back in 2007. 

While Robert Rodriguez had nothing to do with this project, Quentin Tarantino was the executive producer on "Hell Ride". An Action packed throwback to the rough and wild exploitation biker films of the late sixties. The film is directed by Larry Bishop. I'm not aware of any other work from Bishop that I know of, but so far so good! He brings a good style to this bloody and gunfighting revenge story. 

And if all that goes on deaf ears, the cast is a good enough reason to check this movie out. Starring Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 2), Vinnie Jones (Kill Bill Vol. 2), David Carradine (Kill Bill Vol. 1&2), Eric Balfour (Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Remake) and this movie puts Dennis Hopper back on a motorcycle for the first time since "Easy Rider. The whole cast is amazing including the many strippers and biker babes we meet along the way. I really liked Vinnie Jones throughout this film! We see him in Kill Bill Vol. 2 as Bud's (Bill's Brother) boss at the strip club. You remember... "Take off that shitkicker hat". That guy! I'd like to see him in more things in the future. 

I liked and recommend this movie. It's a fun, stylish, and violent revenge story that would have been shown in a drive-In forty years ago. It's full of action but also has a twisting turning story as well. I found it at the cheap bin at Wal-Mart. (Yes, i know it's Wal-Mart, but politics aside...they have the best deals on movies, sorry) 

In summary, if you like the films of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, then check this one out! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

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