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Satan's Sadists1969

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  • passes the bechdel test
Tom Weaver, author of The Psychotronic Encyclopedia of Film, writes, "Terror on wheels haunts the highways as a gang of psycho bikers, the Satans, prey on the helpless in the most desolate parts of the California desert. The sleazy riders invade a roadside cafe where bloodshed ensues, with only customer Johnny and waitress Tracy escaping the murderous carnage. The Satans set out in pursuit of the two witnesses unaware that Johnny is a trained-to-kill Vietnam vet who is a deadly one-man match for the maniac killers. Al Adamson's SATAN'S SADISTS is the jewel in the trashploitation king's crown, mixing hippie hopheads, choppers, whacked-out violence, LSD trips and groovy music. Russ Tamblyn sheds his 'boy next door' screen image as the kill-crazy gang leader Anchor, supported by drive-in cinema's all-time great casts: John 'Bud' Cardos (with mohawk), Robert Dix (with eye patch), Greydon Clark and Regina Carrol (the future Mrs. Adamson) as 'The Freak-Out Girl.' Buckle up and brace yourself for 'probably the grossest biker movie of them all.' "

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This is, IMHO, the "Citizen Kane" of trashy biker flicks. Al Adamson reached down deep as he was desperate for a hit after a couple of misfires, and was suitably pissed off enough to get down and dirty with no apologies.

Russ Tamblyn of "West Side Story" fame, also was on the skids and about to become a footnote to cinematic history, but he delivered as well; and probably as a result, would get a choice part in "Twin Peaks" years later.

As Joe Strummer said of the "London Calling" sessions which catapulted the Clash to "the only band that matters" status: "Desperation. I recommend it." This film reeks of desperation, and gives it that classic "anything goes" drive-in vibe probably many of you out there know and love. Even better, it was released at just the right time, when all the hippie peace and love stuff was giving way to self-absorbed narcissism and the "Me Decade," which gives it the veneer of a true underground cultural artifact.

Al Adamson is a terrible director on the whole, but even a stopped clock gets lucky when the stars are properly aligned. Yeah, that's a mixed metaphor, but appropriate for Adamson.

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This is, IMHO, the "Citizen Kane" of trashy biker flicks. Al Adamson reached down deep as he was desperate for a hit after a couple of misfires, and was suitably pissed off enough to get down and dirty with no apologies.

Russ Tamblyn of "West Side Story" fame, also was on the skids and about to become a footnote to cinematic history, but he delivered as well; and probably as a result, would get a choice part in "Twin Peaks" years later.

As Joe Strummer said of the "London Calling" sessions which catapulted the Clash to "the only band that matters" status: "Desperation. I recommend it." This film reeks of desperation, and gives it that classic "anything goes" drive-in vibe probably many of you out there know and love. Even better, it was released at just the right time, when all the hippie peace and love stuff was giving way to self-absorbed narcissism and the "Me Decade," which gives it the veneer of a true underground cultural artifact.

Al Adamson is a terrible director on the whole, but even a stopped clock gets lucky when the stars are properly aligned. Yeah, that's a mixed metaphor, but appropriate for Adamson.

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Review coming up on theaterofguts.com here's a sample "There's Acid (Greydon Clark, who also wrote the script, he's shitty genius film maker in his own right), here he looks like a fake Lee Hazlewood. It's kind of interesting that a fake singing duo like Hazlewood and Sinatra are in the same movie, they should've put on a trashy Reno tribute act to fund some of the budget! "

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More trashy Reno tribute acts...and more biker flicks!

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AS BIKE MOVIES GO ITS PRETTY GOOD DECENT DIRECTION BUT DEPRESSING AT THE SAME TIME TOO MANY MELANCHOLY SCENARIOS NOT VEY POSITIVE AT ALL I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS ONE GET HAPPY WITH AT ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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3 1/2 Entertaining psycho-biker gang trash with lots of violence, drugs, sex, hilarious 60s slang dialogue, costumes with violet granny glasses and leather bellbottoms, and a groovy sound track. Better than other Adamson movies I’ve seen, with only about 10% of this actually being terrible (such as the incompetently shot night scenes). Fun.

fun. drive in classic.