The day that law and order went beserk…
Northville Cemetery Massacre (1976)
Wednesday, May 28th
Film starts at 8pm
Lady Jay’s, 633 Grand St, between Manhattan & Leonard, Brooklyn, NY 11211
filmed in 1972, yet not released until 1976…
Mayhem starts when a gang of bikers is accused of a sadistic rape in a small town.
This week’s review courtesy of www.RareCultCinema.com
This unfreakinbelievable 70′s biker flick has become an international motorcycle cult favorite, and as a fan of grindhouse and exploitation, I’m a bit disappointed in myself for not having seen it until recently.
The film takes place in a small bible town where two young lovers decide to roll around in the hay in a barn located nearby a group of fun-loving, long-bearded bikers called the Scorpions (who sometimes stop to help elderly folks with flat tires). A crooked redneck sheriff’s deputy suddenly shows up and savagely rapes the girl (!) who turns out to be the daughter of one of the town’s more respected residents.
The evil police force is none too happy about the motorcycle gang hanging around the town, so they naturally place the blame on them. They then get help from the girl’s father to kill the gang one by one. The war has begun!
There is so much good stuff in this movie (especially the 20 minute, uninterrupted Peckinpah’ish action scene at Northville Cemetery – wow!) and I have no idea how they managed to fit it all in just 84 minutes. It’s an entertaining, thought provoking and unique experience. Well done. So, forgive me Scarface and Casino; I’ve just found a new favorite movie.
The DVD cover claims that it’s “The ultimate biker flick”. It is definitely the biker movie that has made the greatest impression on me. However, I think you’ll love this film whether you have a liking for motorcycles or not. It has extreme violence, lots of gunfire and a cool Patton-inspired speech in front of an American flag, and if you enjoy things that end with “ploitation” chances are you’ll dig this film.
The budget is low, the pacing is a bit poor at times, but the film has that gritty 70′s cinematography and a realistic look where being outdated actually helps to make it better, and the actors are pretty solid – many of them are actually real bikers.
The film is directed by William Dear – who later made more family friendly films like Harry & the Hendersons and Teen Agent, and it’s a very good biker/action/rape-revenge film indeed.
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