Blu-ray Review: SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS

SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS was produced and directed by Herschell Gordon Lewis from a screenplay by Allison Louise Downe and stars Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Starley, Rodney Bedell, Pat Poston, Jody Pennock and John Weymer.

Wild! Vicious! With motorcycles as their lovers! Experience sights and sounds beyond your very imagining as “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis tackles the biker chick sub-sub-genre with She-Devils on Wheels! Have you ever heard the saying “it’s a man’s world”? Well don’t dare repeat that to The Man-Eaters – a raucous, rowdy and randy gang of female bikers who ride their men just as viciously as they do their motorcycles. When they’re not racing each other to get first pick of the “stud line-up”, these female hellcats are busy terrorizing the town and clashing with the rival male gangs. Billed as “by far the most exciting picture of its type ever filmed”, She-Devils on Wheels sees splatter pioneer H.G. Lewis going full throttle with the most shocking biker flick of its kind – now accompanied by his other vicious gang opus Just for the Hell of It for a thrilling, pulse-racing double-bill!

This 1968 exploitation action-thriller follows The Man-Eaters, an all-girl biker gang that rules the roads of a small Florida town. They rule and terrorize the residents of thissmall community and do things their way. They like to have fun by racing and hanging out at the bar but when an all-male biker gang moves in on their territory things get heat up real fast. The two gangs quickly become rivals and go at it with each other to see who’s the baddest on two-wheels.

Things get nasty and super violent between the two gangs when members begin to get bullied and beaten which just makes things worse. Needless to say, things get extremely bloody for the all-male biker gang because the girls always have the upper hand and play much dirtier than their competition does. To add to the chaos, one of the girls gets romantic with a young man but she’s given an ultimatum and has to choose between her sisters or love. In the end, The Man-Eaters show everyone that crosses them that there’s nobody meaner or tougher than they are, even the cops.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back include movie details and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. You can see the artwork down below and this will only be available on the first pressing. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were good. There was a little grain and a few lines in some scenes but I didn’t have any major issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, She-Devils on Wheels was as terrible of a watch as you’d expect but it’s also a cheesy fun action-thriller because nobody made movies quite like H.G. Lewis did. The concept about this girl biker gang was way ahead of its time because it was a “man’s world” back then and the legendary filmmaker decided it was time for the girls to have some fun and make the men their victims. As far as the acting goes, well, it’s also about as bad as you’d expect but that’s also part of the charm of this grindhouse cheesefest. The thing I like and appreciate most about H.G. Lewis is that he did things his way and didn’t have to answer to anyone and She-Devils on Wheels is a prime example of that. He made whatever kind of movie he felt like making! Even though this is more of a raw action movie, “The Godfather of Gore” was still able to throw in a couple of nasty scenes for his loyal minions and the horror hounds out there. The cool thing about this new release is that we also get bonus feature from H.G. Lewis, 1968’s Just for the Hell of It, also a Florida-set film about a gang of punks leading a small town’s youth down a path of destruction and mayhem. She-Devils on Wheels rides onto Blu-ray on May 21st.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Fullframe (1.33:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English LPCM 1.0 Mono

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The extras include a bonus feature from H.G. Lewis, optional introductions to both films, some audio commentary, two interview featurettes, H.G. Lewis spotlights one of his classic films and a promo gallery that includes two trailers and a radio spot.

  • Bonus Feature! 1968’s Just for the Hell of It! (1.25:26)
  • Introductions to both films by Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • She-Devils on Wheels feature-length audio commentary with H.G. Lewis and Something Weird’s Mike Vraney
  • The Shocking Truth! – filmmaker and Grindhouse Releasing head honcho Bob Murawski on his discovery of the films of H.G. Lewis (10:25)
  • Garage Punk Gore – filmmaker and musician Chris Alexander discusses the films and music of H.G. Lewis (09:12)
  • H.G Lewis on his 1968 film The Ally Tramp (02:58)
  • H.G. Lewis Promo Gallery
  1. She-Devils on Wheels Trailer (01:37)
  2. She-Devils on Wheels Radio Spot (01:00)
  3. The Alley Tramp Trailer (02:34)

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