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The Death Wheelers (1973)

Psychomania (original title)
An amiable psychopath and leader of a violent teen gang enjoys riding his motorcycle and loves his mother, who enjoys holding séances. He commits suicide and succeeds in returning as the "undead", continuing to terrorize the locals.


Don Sharp


Arnaud d'Usseau (screenplay), Julian Zimet (screenplay) (as Julian Halevy)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky Henson ... Tom Latham
Mary Larkin ... Abby Holman
Ann Michelle ... Jane Pettibone
Roy Holder ... Bertram
Denis Gilmore ... Hatchet
Miles Greenwood Miles Greenwood ... Chopped Meat
Peter Whitting Peter Whitting ... Gash
Rocky Taylor Rocky Taylor ... Hinky
Robert Hardy ... Chief Inspector Hesseltine
Patrick Holt ... Sergeant
Alan Bennion Alan Bennion ... Constable
John Levene ... Constable
Beryl Reid ... Mrs. Latham
George Sanders ... Shadwell
Jacki Webb Jacki Webb ... Mother


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 »


Adventure | Horror


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Did You Know?


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 »


When Jane Pettibone is pretending to be hung from a tree by a rope a caribiner clip is visible behind the rope she is supposedly hung by as she moves around. See more »


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 The Sound of 'Psychomania' (2010) See more »


Riding Free
Music by David Whitaker
Lyrics by Johnny Worth (as John Worth)
Performed by Harvey Andrews
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What does the title have to do with the film? Who knows!
20 August 2004 | by trouserpressSee all my reviews

I've just watched this great film, and I just can't believe I haven't watched it sooner. What a movie! It's got everything a great seventies horror should have - groovy music (very reminiscent of Air's soundtrack for The Virgin Suicides), a well-spoken biker gang, hilarious suicide attempts, the living dead, as well as a bizarre occult fascination with frogs. Or were they toads? Who cares. It's a great film anyway, and I was pleasantly suprised at it's total lack of sex and gore. It just goes to show that you can have an entertaining horror film without resorting to exploitation.

And as for suprise endings, well, you'll never see this one coming, I promise you!

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Release Date:

January 1974 (USA) See more »

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Benmar Productions See more »
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1.66 : 1
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