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March 1976 (USA) See more »
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Mayhem starts when a gang of bikers is accused of a sadistic rape in a small town. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
David Hyry ... Chris
J. Craig Collicut ... Putnam (as Craig Collicott)
Carson Jackson ... Deke
Jan Sisk ... Lynn
Herb Sharples ... John Tyner
Len Speck ... Armstrong
Beatrice Endahl ... Lady in Car
Harry Endahl ... Man in Car
Brooke Evens ... Hollywood
Jill Biggers ... Bride
Ward Clawson ... First Road Ranger
Richard Davis ... Second Road Ranger
Buzz Brown ... Part Time Judge
Audrey Speck ... Tina
Chuck Whaley ... Tiny

Terence McGovern ... Teddy (as Terry McGovern)
Kelly Burke ... TV Reporter
Fred Rex ... TV Cameraman
Ed Pieratt ... Chief
Eric Fisher ... Rookie
Jackie Harbin ... Waitress
Virginia Pieratt ... Nurse
Road Agents Motorcycle Club ... Rival Club (as Road Agents MC)
Ray Gardener ... Captain Freedom
Garret Albright ... Trucker
Howard Reeves ... Officer Piggins

Don Franklin ... Officer Fedorko
Charles Pearson ... First Hearse Driver
William Morrell ... Second Hearse Driver
Anthony Wyrock ... Third Hearse Driver
Pat Monks ... Pilot
Victoria Baue
Nancy Burek
Debbi Dipietro (as Debbi DiPietro)
Richard Duggan
Don C. Howell
Susan Kingsley
David Klim
Joe Pazzanese
James Tulas
Louis Westfall
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nick Nolte ... Chris (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dear 
Thomas Van Dyke  (as Thomas L. Dyke)
Writing credits
William Dear (screenplay) and
Thomas Van Dyke (screenplay) (as Thomas L. Dyke) and
Jim Pappas (screenplay)

Phil Nyus (additional dialogue) and
Robert H. Dyke (additional dialogue) and
James King (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Marvin Lee Camp .... associate producer
William Dear .... producer
Robert H. Dyke .... executive producer
Thomas Van Dyke .... producer (as Thomas L. Dyke)
Original Music by
Michael Nesmith 
Cinematography by
William Dear (photographed by)
Thomas Van Dyke (photographed by) (as Thomas L. Dyke)
Film Editing by
Christa Kindt 
Jerry Wellen 
Production Management
Bob Fish .... post-production supervisor
Michael Kowalski .... production manager (as Mike Kowalski)
Sound Department
Jim Best .... re-recording mixer
Allan Bragg .... location sound
James King .... location sound
Joel Moss .... dubbing mixer
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer: additional sound
James G. Stewart .... dubbing mixer (as Jim Stewart)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bryan Greenberg .... assistant camera
Robert Handley .... gaffer (as Bob Handly)
Terry Kelly .... assistant camera
Jim Wedlake .... still photographer
Other crew
Victoria Baue .... continuity
Dennis King .... production assistant
Robert Skotak .... production assistant (as Bob Skotack)

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Norway:82 min (heavily cut) | UK:86 min | USA:83 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Australia:RC (original rating) (1977) | Australia:R18+ (re-rating on appeal) (1977) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 (cut) | Norway:18 (video) (1980's) (cut version) | UK:18 | USA:R (re-rating) | West Germany:18 (heavily cut)

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Filmed in 1972, not released until 1976.See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
The Great Music!, 29 January 2005
Author: Scott_Mercer from North Hollyweird

I too was fortunate enough to view the screening of this film the other night in Hollywood at the monthly Grindhouse screening. Lots of hippies, bikers and shootings in slo-mo with blood packs spurting a la Peckinpah. Apparently this movie is quite a rare little number. Shot in Detroit in 1974 and 75, released to drive-ins in 1976, and as such I believe we can state definitively that this film marks the very end of the classic "biker film" cycle (no pun intended) started 10 years earlier with "The Wild Angels" starring Peter Fonda, Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern.

One very important fact not mentioned by any of the other commenter's, and confirmed by Mr. Dear, was the fact that the music for this was scored by the great Michael Nesmith. I am a fan of his time in the Monkees as well as his great "solo" records released throughout the 1970's. If you've heard Nez's work from this period, you will certainly recognize his distinctive sound in the music here. I believe most (but not all) of this music was recorded especially for this film, and as such would be a treat to hear for any Nesmith admirers.

How to describe his style? Cole Porter on the Prairie could be one shorthand meme, but that does a disservice to his elegant yet down home music. He combines western cowboy songs, country-rock, blues, Caribbean Pop and lilting, wistful melodies in a unique fashion. Some of the musical themes are what you would expect in a picture like this: some hammering blues-rock and some country truckin' songs. One of the songs was sung by Garland Frady. Nesmith released some LP's by him on his Pacific Arts record label which he operated at that time.

Director William Dear worked further with Nesmith after this. He directed Time Rider, produced by Nesmith, and directed several of Michael's music videos in the 1980's. Dear had a funny line: he looked up Nesmith during an appearance at McCabe's Guitar Shop (local music store and live music venue in Santa Monica) He showed the movie to Nesmith, who said, "This movie is terrible!" "I know, you wanna score it?" "Okay."

Some wise company like Blue Underround or Synapse should contact Mr. Dear and arrange a DVD release of this toot suite! And plenty of bonus materials and a commentary track? Yes please!


Northville Cemetery Massacre is now out on DVD, with THREE commentary tracks and other bonus material! Thank you VCI Entertainment! I'm ordering one right now!

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