"Sex, guts, blood, and all men are muthers!" The all-girl motorcycle club the Man-Eaters is a swaggering, brutal bunch who like to be in the driver's seat. They race for first pick among the "stud line" that await them at their favorite watering hole, pound a rival hot-rod gang into the ground in a turf war (and then strip them for good measure), and drag a boy-toy behind their chopper until he's a raw, bleeding pile of hamburger. Why? Because one of their number likes him just a little too much. This wicked, weird, trashy piece of bargain-basement exploitation from gore king Herschell Gordon Lewis (Two Thousand Maniacs
) leaves the details of the Man-Eaters' voracious sexual appetites offscreen but puts their bloody and bluntly violent reign of terror front and center, right down to a wild decapitation. After 10 years of filmmaking you'd think he'd develop a little style, but this is as poorly acted, clumsily edited, and utterly primitive as his earlier blood feasts. There's a cool twangy guitar score and a theme song ("Get Off the Road") that has since become a riot grrrl standard. With a little more polish it might pass as surreal, but this simultaneously campy and nihilistic slice of biker rebel hedonism is undeniably bizarre.
The DVD also features commentary by Lewis, a funky short subject called Biker Beach Party from the swinging '60s, a gallery of exploitation art, and the original trailer. --Sean Axmaker
Red hot mamas from hell! The Man-Eaters, an all-girl motorcycle gang, spend their time terrorizing a local community, race each other for first pick of their male groupie "stud line," and throw raucous orgies in their clubhouse. Led by sexy, but tough-as-nails Queen and big, brutal Whitey, the girls initiate cute little Honeypot into the gang, then start a turf war with Joe-Boy and his group of hot rodders. But when Joe-Boy abducts Honeypot, the Man-Eaters get even by going after Joe-Boy's head. Literally... Outrageous sex and violence courtesy of director Herschell Gordon Lewis (The Wizard of Gore) and a biker drive-in classic unlike any other. To quote Queen, "We don't owe nobody nothin' and we don't make no deals! We're swinging chicks on motors and Man-Eaters on wheels!"