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Motorpsycho! (1965)

Three bad boy motorcyclists get kicks raping women and generally being a nuisance. When they rape a veterinarian's wife, he takes exception and pursues them, teaming up with a Cajun woman ... See full summary »

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Russ Meyer

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James Griffith (story), Hal Hopper (story) | 4 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Haji ... Ruby Bonner
Alex Rocco ... Cory Maddox
Steve Oliver ... Brahmin (as Stephen Oliver)
Holle K. Winters Holle K. Winters ... Gail Maddox
Joseph Cellini Joseph Cellini ... Dante
Timothy Scott ... Slick (as Thomas Scott)
Coleman Francis Coleman Francis ... Harry Bonner
Sharon Lee Sharon Lee ... Jessica Fannin
Steve Masters Steve Masters ... Frank
Arshalouis Aivazian Arshalouis Aivazian ... Frank's Wife
Russ Meyer ... Sheriff (as E.E. Meyer)
George Costello George Costello ... Ambulance Doctor
Fred Owens Fred Owens ... Rufus, Gas Station Attendant (as F. Rufus Owens)
Richard S. Brummer Richard S. Brummer ... Ambulance Driver (as Richard Serly Brummer)
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Three bad boy motorcyclists get kicks raping women and generally being a nuisance. When they rape a veterinarian's wife, he takes exception and pursues them, teaming up with a Cajun woman whose husband they killed. The leader of the gang, a Vietnam Vet, begins showing signs of being a few slices short of a loaf. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Cyclemaniacs assaulting and killing for thrills! Bike riding Hoodlums Flat-Out on their Murder cycles.

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Motor Mods and Rockers See more »

Filming Locations:

Mojave Desert, California, USA

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$38,000 (estimated)
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Mono
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Russ Meyer directs a straight thriller. Almost.
4 April 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Motor Psycho is probably the closest Russ Meyer ever got to making a straight thriller. While earlier RM roughies like Lorna and Mudhoney featured disturbing rape scenes, Motor Psycho features two implied gang rapes. The second of which is a house invasion scene that wouldn't look out of place in a 70's exploitation movie. Censorship laws of the time meant that these scenes were never overly graphic; however, they are definitely pushing the boundaries for the time and are undoubtedly nasty. Similar to Lorna this film also has a distinct lack of humour, with the odd exception such as the moment where Haji sucks the poison out of Alex Rocco's leg in a clearly sexual way. But generally speaking the sexual side of proceedings are more alluded to and there's really next to no nudity on offer here, perhaps understandable given the often nihilistic tone.

Motor Psycho is perhaps most notable in Russ Meyer's canon for two things. Firstly for introducing Haji, who as ever puts in another feisty performance as a Cajun woman married to a slob played by Coleman Francis (director of the anti-classic Beast of Yucca Flats). Secondly, the movie is a clear precursor to the superior Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, RM conceived that latter movie as a version of Motor Psycho but with three female criminals. Ironically, given Pussycat's status nowadays as RM's most famous film, Motor Psycho was much more successful commercially on release. But the test of time has been kinder to Pussycat. Although a good film, what holds Motor Psycho back is that, with the exception of Haji, the ladies do not have significant roles. RM needs his women to take centre stage, and this is as male-dominated as an RM production gets. Acting is generally good, with Stephen Oliver convincing as an unhinged Vietnam vet, Meyer himself appearing as a hilariously un-PC law enforcement officer, Alex Rocco is decent as the hero and Haji is ace (just love that accent). So, in summary, not a classic Meyer but without doubt a superior 60's exploitation effort.


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