She-Devils on Wheels (1968) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Herschell Gordon Lewis
STARRING: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:33 & 1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Arrow Video
Wild! Vicious! With motorcycles as their lovers! Experience sights and sounds beyond your very imagining as “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, Two Thousand Maniacs!) tackles the biker chick sub-sub-genre with She-Devils on Wheels! Have you ever heard the saying “it’s a man’s world”? Well, don’t dare repeat that to The Man-Eaters – a raucous, rowdy and randy gang of female bikers who ride their men just as viciously as they do their motorcycles. When they’re not racing each other to get first pick of the “stud line-up”, these female hellcats are busy terrorizing the town and clashing with the rival male gangs.
She-Devils on Wheels was HG Lewis’ reply to people who wanted to know why he only had men mutilating women in his movies. Here, we have a gang of women who treat men like meat and if they get out of line they kill them. Your usual run of the mill all-female gang as you can probably already guess. Well, things seem all nice and good until one of the girls gets a little sweet on a guy (a major no-no in the group) and then we have an all-male gang that tries to take the turf. It’s all a simple but effective movie that has one scene here with the way someone dies that we’d see used in the remake of Lewis’ Two Thousand Maniacs many years later. So, while it probably isn’t the most blood filled movie the man has done, it does have some good blood and it tells a good story. The story part of this one is probably the best part of it. In with all the crude girl biker action and the occasional decapitation, we also have an almost Romeo & Juliet vibe with the one girl liking men a little more than the rest of the group and being forbidden to do so.
Arrow puts this on a Blu-ray release with top billing here and the movie really does look pretty good and is probably one of the better movies I’ve seen from Lewis. Which keep in mind I’ve seen the most of them at this point. There’s a nice string of extras here, but like in the bigger releases of the director’s stuff that Arrow released, this one also ends up being a double feature with another movie by Lewis called “Just for the Hell of It” also being on this release. A movie that seems to have a very appropriate name given the subject matter and the style of the movie. It’s basically a gang of men and women that are just doing wild and crazy stuff for the hell of it. No matter if it is tearing apart a room or tormenting a blind guy. Both movies have extras here and are for the HG Lewis fans that like a little more story with their gore.
– High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation
– Original Uncompressed PCM Mono Audio
– English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
– Bonus Feature! 1968’s Just for the Hell of It!
– Introductions to both films by Herschell Gordon Lewis
– She-Devils on Wheels feature-length audio commentary with H.G. Lewis and Something Weird’s Mike Vraney
– The Shocking Truth! – filmmaker and Grindhouse Releasing head honcho Bob Murawski on his discovery of the films of H.G. Lewis
– Garage Punk Gore – filmmaker and musician Chris Alexander discusses the films and music of H.G. Lewis
– H.G Lewis on his 1968 film The Ally Tramp
– H.G. Lewis Promo Gallery
– Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil
Quality of Transfer: 86%