Sundance Review: Quentin Tarantino Presents Hell Ride
by Alex Billington
January 22, 2008
If you loved Grindhouse, then you're in for a treat. Hell Ride is a biker flick produced by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Larry Bishop that pays homage to the old school biker movies of the 60s and 70s. It's one 83-minute non-stop biker party that exploits the three Bs: bikes, beer, and booty. If you've been anxious for another edge-of-your-seat grindhouse fix until Tarantino and Rodriguez team up again for the sequel (if it ever happens), then this is it! I'll say it plain and simple: Hell Ride was a fuckin' blast!
In Hell Ride, two rival biker gangs, the Victors and the Six-Six-Sixers, have been at war for years. On July 4th, 1976 the Six-Six-Sixers kill and burn the Victors' president's wife, now 32 years later they're getting revenge. The Victors are headed up by the gang's president, Pistolero (Larry Bishop, who played the "asshole on the elbow" guy in Kill Boll Vol. 2), The Gent (Michael Madsen, who played Budd in Kill Bill Vol. 2), and recently added member Comanche (Eric Balfour). The Six-Six-Sixers is lead by Billy Wings (Vinnie Jones), a ruthless biker who uses an air powered crossbow that's as badass as Anton Chigurh's cattle stun gun in No Country for Old Men.
I love movies that can keep up the energy and action the entire way through and never let down and it's rare to find these nowadays. For the exact same reasons that I loved Grindhouse last April, I love Hell Ride. It's full of so much intensity, endless hot women, awesome gun fights, and badass characters that you wouldn't dare mess with. If anyone calls Hell Ride boring, than they've got some serious ADD issues, because this is packed with more guns, tits, and action than even all of Grindhouse. I owe Larry Bishop quite a bit of respect for creating one of my new favorites of 2008!
I said it before and I'll say it again, Hell Ride is a fuckin' blast. I loved every last minute of this film and can't wait to see it again. It's Grindhouse but with bikers and endless hot women. Hell Ride is a full-on 83-minute thrilling ride to hell and back.