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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Video Beaverhausen: She-Devils on Wheels

Dykes on bikes ~ before they even had a Gay Pride parade to kick off!

This 1968 sexploitation flick is, basically, a poor man's Faster, Pussycat! Kill, Kill! Yes, you have read that correctly.

The 1965 Russ Meyers saga
had many virtues, including gorgeous black-and-white cinematography. Herschell Gordon Lewis' She-Devils on Wheels is shot in color ("Blinding Color" as its original print ads would have it), but all  rather amateurishly and with no particular style.  The acting in She-Devils makes its Pussycat counterparts look like Oscar-worthy performers. And, for a 90-minute flick, Lewis has padded it out with long, monotonous shots of the girls riding their Harleys around aouthern Florida (where the film was made).

In this film, the gals are made out to be bisexual dominatrixes. They have men line-up for them to choose as their boy toys for the night.  Then, naturally, they have have a race on their "Hogs" to sort out who gets whom.

The plot, such as it is, involves dueling "families" as the chicks must fight a male gang who encroach upon their turf.

Totally trashy and equally campy. The extreme hairdos alone qualify it as camp! Beautifully bad acting, especially by Betty Connell as Queen, the leader of the pack who must face many challenges. She's like a dime-sore Liz Taylor in her part. And by 200+-pound Pat Poston as Whitey.

Director Lewis is best known for his gore films, like Blood Feast and 2,000 Maniacs (the rock group took this name from his film). S-DoW is gore free. It's the director's second-highest grossing picture, after his BF. Clearly an influence on John Waters.

No Summer of Love for these gals!

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