The best part of The Death Rider’s Thrill Show…is to stay alive!
Tuesday December 14th,
Film starts at 9pm
Otto’s Shrunken head
538 E. 14th street (A & B)
Meet the Death Riders … As They Attempt the Most Dangerous and Terrifying Stunts Ever Seen on Film!
This documentary follows a group of fearless young men as they criss-cross the country with a motorcycle rodeo clown named Squeeks, performing their “Death Riders Motorcycle Thrill Show” at local fairs. The film is absolutely endearing and brings to mind On Any Sunday (1971) meets Jackass, in the best possible of ways.
Flaming walls, long jumps over anything and everything, including fair going fans and even the inhabitants of a nudist colony.
The suspense is surprisingly nerve wracking as these riders take their lives in their hands to pull off death defying, hilariously named stunts.
The Death Riders work hard and play even harder. Downtime is spent, taking cowboys up on challenges to ride the bull, carnival rides with pretty local girls and taking the bikes out in the dirt of the vast American deserts.
The director of photography for Death Riders, Vilmos Zsigmond also shot Sugarland Express and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. It’s the photography that really makes this film great. Long wistful shots of American landscape, close up shot of adoring fans on the edge of their seats in the bleachers, and pensive silent moments of the boys before they put their necks on the line.
Sunshine Baby – Terry Stafford
Broken Bones – Tommy Cash
The Glory Train – Pat Boone
Live for Now – T.D Sheppard
Death Rider – Dorsey Burnette
Junkyard Serenade – Porter Jordan
The Love of My man – Diane Jordan
Highway Country Blues – Kenny Seratt
I Hate to Drink Alone – Jerry Naylor
Sunny Side Up – Terry Stafford
This film is respectfully dedicated to all whose daring feats cost them their lives
See all the images from the film here: Flickr Photos