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Quentin Tarantino's "Hell Ride" BluRay £4.95 delivered @ Zavvi
Quentin Tarantino's "Hell Ride" BluRay £4.95 delivered @ Zavvi

Quentin Tarantino's "Hell Ride" BluRay £4.95 delivered @ Zavvi

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Actor Larry Bishop, who made his name in the '60s as the star of biker pictures like The Savage Seven revives the genre with Hell Ride, a rough and raunchy action-drama produced by indie director and cult film aficionado Quentin Tarantino. Bishop, who wrote, produced and directed the film, is also top-billed as Pistolero, chief of the outlaw Victors, who cruise the sun-baked Southwest to avenge a fallen mama. Their target is Billy Wings (Vinnie Jones), head man for the Six-Six-Sixes, and Michael Madsen, David Carradine and Dennis Hopper (himself no stranger to biker flicks) are along to make sure that the job is completed. As pure exploitation, Hell Ride delivers the goods: the cast overacts with relish, and the on-screen excitement is divided equally between chopper action, fistfights and shootouts and plentiful female nudity, all set to a soundtrack of new and vintage fuzztone rock. However, those expecting the complexity and sheer cheek of Tarantino's own features may find the picture a little too retro-minded for their own tastes, and Bishop's pulpy dialogue is more overcooked than Tarantino at his most self-indulgent. Still, those craving old-school cycle movie satisfaction are likely to find that action with Hell Ride

While it contains little of the artistry and none of the nuance of Quentin Tarantino's DEATH PROOF, HELL RIDE is a similarly fun retro romp through the seedier corners of American B-movie history. Written and directed by Larry Bishop (son of Rat Packer Joey Bishop), who also stars, HELL RIDE is a tribute to the biker flicks of the late 1960s and early '70s. The movie follows Pistolero (Bishop) and his two captains, the Gent (Michael Madsen) and Comanche (Eric Balfour), as they booze and brawl their way across the Arizona desert, with the ultimate goal of exacting revenge on a rival gang that murdered one of their members. A healthy mix of throat slitting, coke-sniffing, and naked female oil wrestling makes HELL RIDE one of the more gratuitously sensational films of recent memory; yet if one is able to get past the almost laughably blatant tastelessness on which the movie is built, there is a fairly good time to be had. As the dapper Gent, Madsen proves once again that he could read from the phonebook and still sound like one bad dude, and tip-of-the-cap cameos from Dennis Hopper and David Carradine solidify the film's enjoyably postmodern vibe. Every aspect of HELL RIDE, from the washed-out cinematography to the Link Wray-style spaghetti western surf soundtrack to the pulped-up dialogue, is hyper-stylised and blatantly self-conscious, and that is ultimately what saves the film. If there was even a hint of seriousness here the movie would be unwatchable--luckily, there isn't. Yes, it's completely offensive, and no it isn't going to win over any feminists, but for every BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, you have to have a HELL RIDE or the whole lousy business will just crumble.

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Oh how this man has fallen.

A truly awful film, save your money

The low price is telling - if this boy retired at Jackie Brown, we'd be hailing him as a genius and a sad loss to modern cinema.

Been found out.

This isnt a Tarantino, its a homage to him.

Its made by a guy called Larry Bishop - imdb.com/tit…ino

But i do need to add, i didnt like Death Proof either, i havent made the effort to see Inglourious *******s
though ive heard its pretty good - which is £5 from Tesco's

Death Proof was great, definitely a specific film. I think if you get the concept you enjoy the film. if you expect Kill Bill pt 3 then you will get let down. It has it's place but not his best. As for this I have no idea. I think if you want to persevere with Tarantino watch the extras and find out what he is trying to do and the film making that goes into his films.

Deathproof and Inglorious Basterds were both class, the guy hasn't made a bad film yet in my book.

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Deathproof and Inglorious Basterds were both class, the guy hasn't made a … Deathproof and Inglorious Basterds were both class, the guy hasn't made a bad film yet in my book.



+1 from me too. Inglorious is fabulous.

Inglorious is some of his best work. The guy is still up there.

I think he just produced this, it's crap.

I never understood the backlash towards Deathproof, "It's just people talking" It's Tarantino his films are about the dialogue to me. I think in ten years time DP will be heralded as one of his best.

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I think he just produced this, it's crap.I never understood the backlash … I think he just produced this, it's crap.I never understood the backlash towards Deathproof, "It's just people talking"



Never heard that before...wouldn't expect to either with all the stunt driving going on....and then there's that awesome long stunt scene performed by Zoe Bell. He did produce it yeah, probably gave the director advice though.

This isn't a Tarintino film, the man everyone loves to hate. Deathproof isn't a stand alone film and should never have been released that way.

I've never heard of this film. I thought Inglorious Basterds was OK/mediocre. Liked Grindhouse a lot.
Love the 60/70's classic biker films. Trying to recreate them seems silly and pointless?
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