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The Death Wheelers (1973)
"Psychomania" (original title)

 -  Action | Horror  -  January 1974 (USA)
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A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Henson ...
Tom Latham
Mary Larkin ...
Abby Holman
Ann Michelle ...
Roy Holder ...
Bertram
Denis Gilmore ...
Hatchet
Miles Greenwood ...
Chopped Meat
Peter Whitting ...
Gash
Rocky Taylor ...
Hinky
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Chief Inspector Hesseltine
Patrick Holt ...
Sergeant
Alan Bennion ...
Constable
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Constable
Beryl Reid ...
Mrs. Latham
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Shadwell
Jacki Webb ...
Mother
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A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an agreement with the devil, if they kill themselves firmly believing in it, they will survive and gain eternal life. Following their leader, they commit suicide one after the other, but things don't necessarily turn out as expected... Written by Guillaume Robieux <robiegpj@sun.aston.ac.uk>

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Seven Suicides - and they roared back as The Living Dead. See more »

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Action | Horror

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The film was almost universally blasted by critics upon its release. One reviewer for the London Times wrote that the film was only fit to be shown at an "SS reunion party." See more »

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When Tom drives his bike through the wall, the wall breaks. However in the next shot you can see the wall behind him completely unbroken See more »

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Jane Pettibone: It's easy to kill live people.
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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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Riding Free
Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Johnny Worth (as John Worth)
Performed by Harvey Andrews
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weak Script, apathetic acting, but strangely entertaining
29 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This film is hindered by a weak script and quite apathetic acting, but somehow it's ridiculousness makes the film work. Unintentionally Psychomania is an amusing farce, the story of a group of bikers who discover the secret of eternal life, and intend to use this gift for nefarious purposes. The gang themselves are meant to be hardened troublemakers, but the scene where they descend on a town to cause mayhem, is hilarious. I would have thought the Girl Guides could cause more trouble. Saying that, the film has some wonderful one liners, and there is fun to be had in watching this oddball of a movie. Best of all is the sequence where the bikers all commit suicide in order to return as invincible, not for them a simple death the varied ways are way overelaborate and funny. Biker Horror is an odd genre, but the film is great fun and worth a look. Finally, the film does has a cracking soundtrack, a strange blend of gothic high pitched keyboards and hip wah wah guitar, that is always lurking and ably partnering the high jinks on the screen.


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