The Cycle Savages (1969)
Genre: Action | Drama | Bikersploitation
Country: USA | Director: Bill Brame
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1 | Length: 81mn
Bdrip H264 Mkv – 1280×720 – 23.976fps – 1.57gb
The leader of a biker gang takes exception to an artist sketching them, so he makes plans to crush the artist’s hands.
‘The Cycle Savages’ is 60s biker exploitation trash par excellence! Future ‘Bold And The Beautiful’ soap star Chris Robinson plays Romko, a nice guy artist. Cult legend Bruce Dern (‘The Wild Angels’, ‘Silent Running’, ‘The Trip’, ‘Psych-Out’) plays Keeg, a sadistic noogoodnik biker type. Keeg takes offense at Romko sketching him and his fellow bikers and roughs the guy up. Becoming obsessed he declares he will destroy Romko’s hands if he ever catches him drawing again. Romko recuperates from his injuries with the help of nice girl Lea (Melody Patterson, who sent many a pre-pubescent boy’s heart a flutter when she played Wrangler Jane in ‘F-Troop’). Meanwhile Keeg and the boys carry on with what comes naturally – enticing local high school girls to their pad, dosing them with acid, gang raping them, and passing them on to his pimp brother (played by DJ Casey Kasem, who also co-produced!). Romko begins to fall in love with Lea not realizing that she is being intimidated by Keeg into spying on him. Remember just one more sketch and it’s bye-bye to his hands!
‘The Cycle Savages’ is a cut above similarly trashy biker exploitation movies from this period (e.g. ‘Hells Angels On Wheels’, ‘The Rebel Rousers’) because of the memorable performance by Bruce Dern, one of the nastiest of his whole career! If like me you can’t get enough of vintage Dern action then ‘The Cycle Savages’ is a must see! On top of that, Melody Patterson is easy on the eye (and has some very subtle nude scenes which sadly reveal virtually nothing), and there is a goofy fuzz guitar driven score that sounds like some old square geezer pretending (unsuccessfully!) to be Davie Allen. Great stuff!