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Hell's Bloody Devils1970

  • 3.8
Advertised as being about "a wild psycho gang always looking for trouble," HELL'S BLOODY DEVILS sits in the annals of Al Adamson biker flicks between the notorious SATAN'S SADISTS and she-devil opuses THE FEMALE BUNCH and ANGELS' WILD WOMEN. But in fact it was originally a non-biker film shot before any of them. In 1967 the director filmed old Hollywood hands like Broderick Crawford and John Carradine in an espionage thriller to be titled either OPERATION M or THE FAKERS. But no one wanted the result. Two years later, the filmmakers took a bunch of young unknowns and some real California bikers to shoot new scenes about a band of neo-Nazi hog straddlers who "ride hard, live hard and love hard." They spliced the two elements together and voila! One very haphazard narrative (and moderate drive-in hit) was born. Parts of DEVILS was shot on the Spahn Ranch which, in the year of its release, would become notorious as home for hippie cult leader Charles Manson's murderous "family." Should this raise the sleaze factor too high for delicate viewers, know that there is a wholesome interlude with a man in a spotless white suit: don't miss the cameo appearance by none other than Colonel Sanders, who got to plug his KFC restaurants on-screen in exchange for feeding the cast and crew for the entire production. By the time DEVILS wrapped, you can bet most of them never wanted to eat fried chicken again. - Dennis Harvey

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This is actually a much better movie than it should be. Sure, at times you can really tell that it's two (or more!) movies smooshed up into one, but it has a momentum that keeps the whole thing crawling forward.

It is true that if you are expecting a "biker pic" then you will be bitterly disappointed. But the scenes with what bikers the movie has are deliciously seedy and sleazy and well worth your time.

Broderick Crawford is his usual turgid, sweaty self. The scenes with him radioing the positions of the bad guys to his operatives is brilliant in its own goofy way. Nobody barks like Broderick!

And just what the hell was John Carradine doing? Sure, the rest of his work on Adamson's original 1967 flick is probably sitting on the bottom of a land-fill somewhere, but just what the heck was he supposed to be? Comic relief. The only relief is that the scene in the pet shop isn't any longer!

And the less said about Col. Sanders, the better.

Still...great drive-in fare. Enjoyable and kinda exciting in places. The Nazi angle was timely (the return of fascism in the 60s and 70s must have been horrifying for survivors) and used to good effect. Recommended!

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This is actually a much better movie than it should be. Sure, at times you can really tell that it's two (or more!) movies smooshed up into one, but it has a momentum that keeps the whole thing crawling forward.

It is true that if you are expecting a "biker pic" then you will be bitterly disappointed. But the scenes with what bikers the movie has are deliciously seedy and sleazy and well worth your time.

Broderick Crawford is his usual turgid, sweaty self. The scenes with him radioing the positions of the bad guys to his operatives is brilliant in its own goofy way. Nobody barks like Broderick!

And just what the hell was John Carradine doing? Sure, the rest of his work on Adamson's original 1967 flick is probably sitting on the bottom of a land-fill somewhere, but just what the heck was he supposed to be? Comic relief. The only relief is that the scene in the pet shop isn't any longer!

And the less said about Col. Sanders, the better.

Still...great drive-in fare. Enjoyable and kinda exciting in places. The Nazi angle was timely (the return of fascism in the 60s and 70s must have been horrifying for survivors) and used to good effect. Recommended!

3 members like this review
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one of the best bike films I have ever seen this reminds me of the hells angels series of films adam roarke in most of them thephotography was very precise and the contunity and script very plausible..i also thought the soundtrack was very well placed and extremely appropriate for the film excellent ending. it also was helpful to have two heavy weight actors like Broderick Crawford and vetran actor john carradine no too mention colonel sanders of kentucy fried chicken.must see this one!

yeah......i dig it man....really cool

I won't put it down subjectively. IF you are expecting a biker movie only a fraction is about bikers.