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Hell Ride (DVD Review)

19 Oct, 2008 By: Rachel Cericola

Hell Ride

Street 10/28/08
Box Office $0.2 million
$19.97 DVD, $29.95 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for strong violence, sexual content including graphic nudity and dialogue, language and drug use.
Stars Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen, Vinnie Jones, Larry Bishop, Julia Jones, Eric Balfour, David Carradine.

Larry Bishop’s bit cameo in Kill Bill Vol. 2 and his famous bloodline (he’s Rat Packer Joey Bishop’s son) must have impressed director Quentin Tarantino. The cult favorite stands behind this homage to classic biker flicks and hot chicks as one of its executive producers.

Of course, that’s just one of the many big names in the credits for the non-stop Hell Ride. Despite the huge cast, writer-director Bishop put himself in the lead as Pistolero, a biker out for revenge on those who killed his lover, Cherokee Kisum (Julia Jones). However, the hunter and his crew are also the hunted. See, the killers in question, also known as the 666, have regrouped under the watchful, scary eye of Billy Wings (Vinnie Jones) and Deuce (Carradine), who are hell bent on retrieving some long-lost drug money.

With style that’s straight out of the Planet Terror playbook, this trippy flick is very Tarantino-esque, meaning it’s not for sensitive ears or the faint of heart. In other words, expect a lot of nudity, knives and gasoline. Also expect Madsen, a Tarantino mainstay, as The Gent, one of Pistolero’s partners-in-crime.

The film clocks in at less than 90 minutes, but the DVD is still chock-full of special features, including the obligatory making-of featurette and commentary. However, other extras are neatly divided into “The Babes of Hell Ride” “The Guys of Hell Ride,” and even “The Choppers of Hell Ride” — in case your head was ready to explode from the orgies, arrows and other endless action.

Just make sure to check out “Michael Madsen’s Video Diary,” a shaky-cam tour that looks partially like a cheesy music video, but show’s the actor’s less-monotonous side.


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