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The Death Wheelers (1973)

Psychomania (original title)
PG | | Horror | January 1974 (USA)
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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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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Cliff Deakins, Nicky Henson's stunt double, was injured when a stunt went wrong. See more »

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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 »

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Jane Pettibone: It's easy to kill live people.
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Referenced in Cemetery Man (1994) 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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Posh hells angels run riot from beyond the grave
21 February 2004 | by (lancaster, uk) – See all my reviews

Psychomania is probably the only British biker movie ever.

The Living Dead are probably the poshest motorbike gang ever!

Although they are mean, nasty, well spoken (mostly) & angry. They are also sensitive hippie types, who sing, with flowers in their hair! (don't ask me, I didn't make the film :-p ) The music, by John Cameron is awesome, and after 30 years, is finally available on 'trunk records'. The script is, well, cheesey and the plot is fun, for an 'X' rated film. If your wondering about the plot of the film, it's explained fully in three sentences within the first five minutes. In fact, the scrip is the only thing that lets the film down, although it's one of the reasons I love the film so much.

"...and another thing, you can only die once. After that, nothing and no one can harm you."

"WELL WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR?"

The camera work is excellent in places, especially the morgue scene towards the end. The screenplay has a certain 'whit' about it, check out the suicide scenes. There no big flashy stunts, no flashy expensive SFX, but the film is full of good ideas, a splash of psychedelia and was maybe the inspiration behind the cover of Meat Loafs 'Bat out of hell' album cover. Psychomania is well worth a watch. Just sit back, relax, put your tongue in your cheek and enjoy the ride, there's a stone circle in it!


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