This killer list Includes such classics as Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town and Werewolves on Wheels.
I've been watching and reviewing biker movies for RideApart for a while now, and still have barely scratched the surface of sheer number of biker movies that are out there. With Halloween right around the corner, I would like to offer our Top 10 creepy, spooky or scary biker movies, not all of which I have seen, but many of which you can watch right now via YouTube, or Amazon streaming if you are staying in during this cold and damp All Hallows Eve.
1. These Are The Damned (1963)
Castle made a ton of low budget horror movies in the 1960s and 1970s, most with Dracula or Frankenstein in the lead roll. This film features a gang of British leather boys, an evil scientist, and a house full of creepy undead atomic super children. You can watch the trailer below, (try not to get the Black Leather rock stuck in your head) and the whole thing is free on YouTube so check out These Are The Damned right here. "Fear so real, you can touch it!"
2. Psychomania or The Death Wheelers (1971)
The Living Dead are also a gang of British toughs terrorizing the village, when they discover a way to die and come back as undead motorcycle zombies (or maybe vampires?) This part is not really adequately explained, but the gang now has no fear of death or authority and they go on a murder and destruction rampage. This is also on YouTube, the trailer is provided below and the entire Psychomania movie is right here too. This one features some pretty good chase scenes.
READ MORE: Scooter Trash: Psychomania
3. Werewolves on Wheels (1971)
I've already reviewed this movie, and said it would be a good choice for Halloween viewing. Briefly, it is your standard biker movie, but the gang gets cursed by satanist and one of them becomes a vampire. There is also some gratuitous nudity for your enjoyment. The trailer is here, and the full movie here on YouTube.
4. Hex (1973)
This movie goes by more names than an internet troll (I'm talking about you Whitworth), also known as The Shrieking, Charms, and Grass Land, but called Hex on the VHS tape box. With an all star cast including Keith Carradine, Gary Bussey and Dan Haggerty and an ambitious script, this movie is anything but boring. Post WWI, a gang of outlaws roams what remains of the Old West, and runs afoul of the locals and two native American women, who curse them. No trailer is available, but the whole movie is on YouTube for free right here.
5. Race With the Devil (1976)
Unfortunately, Peter Fonda spends most of this movie racing with the devil in his RV, if he was on a bike it would be no contest. A camping trip goes all wrong when the campers witness a satanic sacrifice. There is some awesome flat track footage at the beginning, and then a little off road riding toward the end, but the whole movie is pretty good. The trailer is pretty intense and if it works for you then you can rent it via YouTube for just $2.99.
READ MORE: Scooter Trash: I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle
6. Nightmare Beach or Welcome to Spring Break (1989)
This is an Italian produced, 1980s slasher film featuring a sadistic killer in all black and a motorcycle helmet. He may be the undead leader of a biker gang who was executed for murder in years past. Perhaps the best part is that he has modified his Gold Wing to have an electric chair in the pillion position, though we all know the stator on an 80's bike could barely keep the lights lit. You can watch the opening on YouTube, but you have to pay $7.99 Amazon if you want to watch the whole thing. Perhaps the best part is this...
7. Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town (1991)
An all girl gang, the Cycle Sluts, takes on a whole city full of atomic zombies created by a mad scientist. Unfortunately this is a Troma film, made bad intentionally, and played for laughs. What is Billy Bob Thornton doing in this? Paying his rent without getting a real job. You can watch the trailer, or watch the entire Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town movie for free right here.
8. Blood Ties (1991)
I just reviewed this one on Friday, where were you? This biker gang are vampires, but they are actually the good guys in this made for TV Lost Boys knock off. Watch the trailer here, or the whole movie here on YouTube.
READ MORE: Moto Movie Review - Blood Ties
9. The Violent Kind (2010)
I have not watched The Violent Kind, but the it has got to be better than Dear God No!, which I reviewed a few weeks ago. I believe it is supposed to be a cross between The Evil Dead, and a 1970s biker film, with plenty of mind blowing WTF thrown in for good measure. I will have a review on it in the near future. You can watch the brutal trailer below, or rent The Violent Kind on Amazon for $3.99.
10. Ghost Rider (2007) & Ghost Rider Spirit of Vengeance (2011)
These movies don't have a whole lot of horror in them, but they are just like Halloween candy in that they are easy to consume, and you may regret it later. Nicholas Cage plays a stunt rider who sold his soul to the devil and now rides out as the Ghost Rider on a flaming motorcycle delivering supernatural vengeance. It will be interesting to see if they try to integrate Nick Cage into the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Marvel universe they now have. The trailer for the original movie is here, and the sequel is below. Both are on Amazon to rent for $2.99, the original, and the sequel.
(Lead image by artist Ryan Quickfall)
I'm always looking for new movies, books and other motorcycle pop culture to consume, so drop us a line if you have a suggestion.