Directed by: William Dear, Thomas Van Dyke
Stars: David Hyry, J. Craig Collicut, Carson Jackson
Also known as: Freedom R.I.P
Description: Mayhem starts when a gang of bikers is accused of a sadistic rape in a small town
For fans of seventies exploitation flicks, Northville Cemetery Massacre is a must! The film is typically thin on plot, but this isn’t important as directors William Dear and Thomas L. Dyke have ensured that the film is packed with the important stuff – that being gunfire and tons of blood!
The film appears to take influence from Easy Rider in that it features a troupe of bikers coming under scrutiny from the local community and police force simply because they ride bikes and don’t have jobs, but it’s clear that most of its inspiration comes from the robust violent flicks that were all the rage throughout the seventies. I don’t doubt that this film was a major influence on Walter Hill’s popular gang flick The Warriors.
The plot focuses on a gang of bikers (calling themselves a biker’s club). The local police force is none too happy about them hanging around the town, and after a brutal rape is committed; the blame naturally falls on the gang. A number of their troupe are slaughtered by unknown gunmen, and after their rival gang is dismissed as suspects; the real culprits come to light…