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The Death Wheelers (1973)

Psychomania (original title)
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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Shadwell
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Mrs. Latham
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Tom Latham
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Abby Holman
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Bertram
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Denis Gilmore ...
Hatchet
Ann Michelle ...
Miles Greenwood ...
Chopped Meat
Peter Whitting ...
Gash
June Brown ...
Mrs. Pettibone
Lane Meddick ...
Rocky Taylor ...
Hinky
Alan Bennion ...
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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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The Dead Still Ride...the living howl in TERROR! See more »

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Adventure | Horror

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January 1974 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Future long-serving EastEnders (1985) cast-member June Brown (Dot Cotton/Branning) can be seen in the non-speaking role of the grieving Mrs Pettibone at her daughter's funeral service. See more »

Goofs

One of the chase scenes where the bikes are followed around a road, pre 1959 road markings are seen. While it is possible older style UK road markings were still in existence in 1972, they would not have been on main roads. This probably confirms that the road used was a test track for motor vehicles rather than national highways. See more »

Quotes

Chief Inspector Hesseltine: From the look of those skidmarks, something must have forced him over. Did you get anything out of the witnesses?
Sergeant: Yes sir. Exactly the same story from all of them. Two motorcyclists jabbing at his tyre with a knife.
Chief Inspector Hesseltine: Any identification?
Sergeant: Yeah, The Living Dead again.
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Featured in Riding Free (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Riding Free
Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Johnny Worth (as John Worth)
Performed by Harvey Andrews
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a delightful, kitschy film
1 January 2003 | by (Matango Island West) – See all my reviews

This is a movie you cannot watch without smiling due to its many kitschy, laughable elements. The only son of a wealthy old English family of frog-worshippers heads a bike gang called the Living Dead that discovers how to come back from the Great Beyond by wishing really, really hard. Hijinks ensue as the bikers kill themselves one by one and come back, ready to commit better mayhem than they ever could when alive because now they are indestructible. The story features unbelievably short skirts on all the girls; a hippy folk song about the glory of living and dying as a biker; young moms being terrorized by the Living Dead as they push prams in their go-go boots and hot pants; interior decor that inspired the makers of 'Austin Powers;' and arcane frog-worship ceremonies that ultimately lead to the undoing of the gang. Never a dull moment.


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