|DEVIL'S ANGELS (director: Daniel Haller; screenwriter: Charles Griffith; cinematographer: Roger Moore; editors: Kennth Crane/Ronald Steiner; music: Mike Curb; cast: John Cassavetes (Cody), Beverly Adams (Lynn), Mimsy Farmer (Marianne), Maurice McEndree (Joel-the-Mole), Buck Taylor (Gage), Marc Cavell (Billy-the-Kid), George Sims (Leroy), Leo Gordon (Sheriff Charlie Henderson), Paul Myer (Mayor), Russ Bender (Royce), Buck Kartalian (Funky), John Craig (Robot), Richard Anders (Bruno); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Burt Topper; MGM limited edition (AIP); 1967)|
lurid and tasteless biker pic."
by Dennis Schwartz
lurid and tasteless biker pic. Tries to cash in on
the popularity of Roger Corman's Wild Angels.
Director Daniel Haller ("Monster of
Terror"/"Pieces of Dreams"/"My Sweet Lady") can't even
get a good performance from John Cassavetes, who has a
faraway look throughout as if he dreaming about being
in a more substantial film.
Cassavetes) is the world-weary leader of the
California biker gang called the Skulls, who takes his
dwindling in numbers gang (from 200 to 26) and his
biker gf (Beverly Adams, the wife of Vidal
Sassoon) to the open spaces of the West Coast to
look for an outlaw sanctuary like Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the-Wall.
On the way to paradise they break a fellow lunatic
biker (Buck Kartalian)
out of jail, loot a convenience store, wreck a
vacation couple's truck and destroy a small town
called Brookville. After the gang is falsely accused
of raping a naive teenage girl (Mimsy
Farmer), who foolishly follows a
biker to the beach, the gang wants to destroy the town
as payback for the insult. The 26-man gang calls for
help from another nearby biker gang, and 200 bikers
destroy the town and intimidate the fair-minded
sheriff (Leo Gordon), the
ignorant mayor (Paul Myer) and the
piggish town leader (Russ Bender).
end, a disillusioned Cassavetes
rides off in the sunset alone. He makes a few
grimaces, which I believe means that he recognizes
he's been in a crappy pic.
REVIEWED ON 5/12/2015 GRADE: D
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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