Werewolves on Wheels (1971) – Film

“Werewolves on Wheels”

Movie #16 of the 2020 31-Days of Horror.

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A biker gang called “The Devil’s Advocates” is riding through the desert when they decide to stop at a monastery to pay their respects to the devil. The Monks there offer them bread and wine, which end up being drugged. While the bikers are passed out, the Monks perform a satanic ritual, involving Helen, the gang leader, Adam’s, old lady.

This is a horror/exploitation film about a biker gang who think they’re pretty bad ass and make a mockery of worshiping the devil, until they run afoul an order of Monks who actually do. It incorporates enough of the usual tropes from the outlaw biker and traditional horror genres to satisfy both. The biker gang even has a psychic/spiritualist named Tarot who “reads the cards” and warns them that something is wrong, which, of course, they ignore. The audience might recognize D.J. Anderson a.k.a. Donna Anders, who plays Helen, from Count Yorga, Vampire.

It’s a decent film, though a slow burn. The final reveal of the werewolves make-up is typical of the style at the time. The score is great. The cast includes some actual bikers, rather than actors, in gang, and some “hippies” from a commune near to where the movie was filmed, as the Monks.

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