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The best part of The Death Rider’s Thrill Show…is to stay alive!

February 17, 2012

Death Riders (1976)

Tuesday February 21st

Film starts at 9pm

Otto’s Shrunken head

538 E. 14th street (A & B)

As always, free popcorn, and $2 Vehicular Bingo for prizes!

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 wonderful and brings to mind On Any Sunday (1971) meets Jackass, in the best possible of ways.

It’s nothing but a burning mass…He’s headed right for it now!

Flaming walls, long jumps over anything and everything, including fair going fans and even the inhabitants of a nudist colony.

What is the Flaming Dive Bomber you might ask…

The suspense is surprisingly nerve wracking as these riders take their lives in their hands to pull off death defying, hilariously named stunts.

Salt Lake City girls are pretty neat

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 film even documents Larry Man, making a new world record jumping 45 people off a 2 foot ramp.

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.

Check out this great site dedicated to the original Death Riders

The soundtrack is also wonderful. If anyone compiles it before me, please let me know!


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

Death Riders can be purchased as part of the Savage Cinema box set.

Watch it online HERE

This film is respectfully dedicated to all whose daring feats cost them their lives

See all the images from the film here: Flickr Photos

Do yourself a favor and hop on down to Otto’s!

– Corinna

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