Cyclemaniacs assaulting and killing for thrills!
Tuesday May 4th, 8pm
Arlo & Esme 42 E. 1st street (between 1st & 2nd ave)
Motor Psycho (1965)
Russ Meyer’s film Motor Psycho follows a hooligan gang of three bikers who tear around on little Hondas and create havoc for other people’s women. This film is the male counterpart to the hell raising, go-go dancing vixens of Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill! Which was made and released later that same year.
Brahmin (Stephen Oliver), the leader of the gang on a 1964 Honda CT 200 is a deranged Vietnam vet (interesting as a character detail since the film was only made in 1965). He’s ruthless and not entirely right in the head. Stephen Oliver’s other biker credits would later include Wild Riders and the Cine Meccanica favorite, Werewolves on Wheels.
Dante (about Brahmin): Crazy!
Slick: Yeah, like Rasputin
Dante (Joseph Cellini), the most oversexed member of the gang, rides a 1965 Honda Trail 90. He’s the guy that always takes the shenanigans too far.
Slick (obsessed with his transistor radio and not much else) rides a 1963 Honda C 105 H. His most notable scene is one where he stops to call his mom to check in, while the gang is in mid assault of a poor young hostage. He’s not the smartest tool in the shed.
Leaving broken women in the dust of their bikes, they seem unstoppable, until they mess with the wrong man’s woman.
Cory Maddox (Alex Rocco), a horse veterinarian (yes there are many a stud joke) finds his wife, Gail (Holle K. Winters) has been attacked by the gang, while he was out fending off a “sex maniac” client, and he vows vengeance on the delinquents.
On his search, Cory comes across an odd, bickering married couple on their way to Hollywood. Buxom Ruby (Haji later to appear as Rosie in Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill) and her ancient husband Harry (Coleman Francis).
Stopped on the road with a flat, the couple has a run in with the gang. Harry is all too willing to give them his Cajun bride to save himself, but Dante finding a gun in the back of the truck shoots Harry by accident. Knowing that by graduating to murder they have gone too far, Brahmin shoots Rudy and leaving her for dead, blows out the tires on the bikes to evade capture, or perhaps throw off the cops, and they take off in the couple’s truck.
Cory arrives on the scene, patching Rudy up (turned out all she needed was a band-aid on the forehead), and takes her along with him.
After some chasing, the gang gets Cory and Rudy trapped in the desert. They bond over a bizarrely sexual snake bite scene, where Rudy is forced to suck the poison out of Corey’s leg…Suck it! Harder, harder! Now spit!
While Corey is hallucinating from the poison, Dante comes after Rudy. She, unlike the other girls who’ve had run ins with the gang, uses her womanly “Meyer” wits to fool him. She unbuttons her dress pretending to like it, but as soon as she can, stabs him in the back.
“When the war is over, we will all enlist again…”
Brahmin who’s beginning to slip into a weird war flashback, mercilessly shoots at the pair. He hits Rudy in the chest (of course) and the Corey drags her to a mine entrance where he pleads with Brahmin to stop. He’s clearly flipped and rants about lost comrads and no mercy for the enemy.
Finally, Cory fashions a bomb out of dynamite lying around the mine entrance and puts poor Brahmin out of his madness.
Cory: For what? Damn near getting you killed?
See obsessive Cine Meccanica screen shots from the film HERE
Snake bite cure