Hell Ride

2008

Hell Ride

Critics Consensus

Hell Ride misses out on the rusting zeitgeist of the biker genre, sucking the glee from a saucy premise.

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Veteran AIP genre star Larry Bishop (son of famed Rat Packer Joey Bishop) directs and stars in this gritty revenge tale concerning a biker gang that rallies to avenge the violent murder of a fellow gang member. An homage to such classic biker films as Chrome and Hot Leather and Angel Unchained, Hell Ride was conceived when director Bishop was invited to Quentin Tarantino's home to view a print of The Savage Seven. Upon realizing that there hadn't been a true biker film in years, the pair quickly contacted Bob Weinstein and conspired to produce a lean and mean two-wheeled revenge flick that would more than make up for lost time.

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Critic Reviews for Hell Ride

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (53)

  • The dialog is clever, nutty and syncopated, with a soundtrack -- of the "C.C. Rider" vein -- which ain't half-bad, either.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It's a claustrophobic dud, full of ludicrously purple tough-guy dialogue and lip-smacking vamps in bikinis (how hot!), with so much monotonous hip violence there's scarcely room for anything else.

    Aug 11, 2008 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Maybe only once every six months am I in the mood for jokey sadism, but this struck me as the right picture for the right time.

    Aug 11, 2008
  • The main problem is Bishop's adamancy on playing the lead tough guy when he's got the face of a shoe salesman.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • [Director Larry Bishop] burdens his film with clumsy art-house ambitions that clash with its embrace of bikes, beer and booty. If any of this sounds amusing, be warned: it's not.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 1/5
  • The script, written by Bishop, barely makes sense. It lacks anything resembling wit, unless you think it amusing that these aging cyclists brag about needing their three B's -- bikes, beer and booty.

    Aug 8, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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  • Nov 25, 2013
    I'd like to open up with the fact, that I'm going to rate this film in a terribly biased manner, based on one simple fact. A simple fact of just two words. Gothic. Strippers. Yeah, there's a strip club somewhere out in the desert full of rather attractive punk and goth girls wearing little to no clothing. But without any further ado, here's my actual review of Hell Ride. There's a couple of Tarantino greats in this film, plus a lot of his flair in the cinematography, but you could tell from the script he had very little to do with the film itself. I was counting on Vinnie Jones to hold it all together, and though he was pretty good, it was a bad role for him. So much of his power and charisma comes from the fact that he's a bad ass Brit and the character of Billy Wings was all American Male, which just didn't work. It was actually Michael Madsen playing The Gent (in the photo above) who stole the show. The fact that every character was a 1%er, meant that none of them were particularly likeable. But it's the sort of movie were it doesn't matter quite so much. The "Sugar" or emotion of the piece was somewhat... lacking. They have this whole mother/son-revenge-betrayal-tearjerker thing going on, but honestly it was hardly worth it. They didn't put enough effort in, they just took up their quite short amount of footage by bothering to include it. I don't know, maybe I missed something but it really seemed a bit of a cop out to me. Take all the senseless violence, bikes and copious nudity, it's very obvious that this movie's target audience is male. Which I have the good fortune of being. Still though, they're often the movies that you sort of watch once and then leave, but I'll see how it goes. Having the main character also be the person who directed the film can be awkward, so maybe this is part of the reason for some of its short-comings. But you still have to respect the guy for doing both in a full budget film. If you're looking for a short action film that can't pick its pace, filled with liquor, tits, petrol, testosterone and Western music, then it's pretty perfect, but if you're looking for anything else in a movie, maybe go elsewhere. I didn't really feel it was a waste of time though, and I did enjoy it, just not special. 51% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2013
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  • Jul 29, 2012
    tries to be a fancy biker movie but it fails miserably. the writing is all over the place & the film is just a waste of the talent involved. quentin tarantino should of played a hand in the writing to help keep the film moving at least.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2011
    I originally saw Hell Ride when it first was released, and despite a good enough cast (aside from Eric Balfour, who is the worst actor here) the talent is waste on-screen. The film has nothing going for it; the plot is paper thin, a total mess and is poorly constructed. Hell Ride tries too hard to be Easy Rider, but fails. The film fails all together. Fails as competent piece of cinema and as an action/biker film. Director Larry Bishop provides us with little substance. Hell Ride had potential, but Larry Bishop doesn't know to effectively build a clever story for this film. The film is sloppy, unimpressive and it doesn't have any redeeming qualities. Hell Ride could have been a great film. I mean the cast here is pretty impressive you have such acting legends as Dennis Hopper and David Carradine. Unfortunately their talent is wasted on such a poor film. Hell Ride is a poorly crafted film that fails to really entertain. The story is sloppy and the cast are wasted. Above all, director Larry Bishop doesn't know where to take the story, thus it fails at being an effective, thrilling and entertaining film. This film could have been something very good, instead because of the scripts limitations, the film ends up being very bad, and the cast is wasted. There's really nothing interesting in Hell Ride, and it is actually one of the worst films that I have seen. The film tries too hard at being a clone of Easy Rider, and it fails. I hated this film.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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