She Devils on Wheels (1968)
By: J.R. McNamara on January 31, 2006  |  Comments  |  Bookmark and Share
Siren Visual Entertainment (Australia). All Regions, NTSC. 4:3. English DD 2.0 Mono. 82 minutes
The Movie
Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Starring: Betty Connell, Nancy Lee Noble, Christie Wagner,
Screenplay:Allison Louise Downe
Country: USA
Some of the most enjoyable films ever have been gang and biker films: films like Class of '84, The Warriors and The Wanderers. The violence quotient in gang film is usually pretty high, which is why these types of films are high up on the list of Digital Retribution readers. She Devils on Wheels can be best described as being the Forrest Gump of gang films. Not because it has any awards to its name, but because its IQ sits well below 100. The Godfather of Gore, H.G. Lewis has really created a terrible film, that while not everybody's cup of tea, the exploitation fan will probably like it. If you like Lewis films, then there is no reason why you would not like this one as well, as you know what to expect.

The Man-eaters are the toughest all girl gang in the town. Spending their time fighting, cussing and riding, they are led by Queenie, who rules with an iron fist, and if anyone crosses her, that fist will be planted firmly in their mouths. After a few run ins with a local Hot Rod gang, new member Honey Pot is kidnapped and assaulted, but the girls won't stand for that, and exact their revenge!

None of the 'comedy' in the script is funny at all, but the unintentional humor is all over the place. Tough biker gang chicks who can't even put up their own kick stand, the most disorganized fight scene ever to be put on film, the obvious discomfort of some of the girls riding, the WORST theme song EVER and my favorite, the gang member who just can't get her bike started in the background of the race scene. For everything that Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! does right, She Devils on Wheels does wrong. The script for both movies are about as corny as each other, and the acting about as hammy, but the production quality of this production is so low, that it is surprising it ever got released at all. Most of the girls who played the Man Eaters were actual biker girls, although several of Lewis' regulars turn up, such as the incredibly cute Nancy Lee Noble, and Lewis fans will recognize some of the faces and names from films like Just for The Hell of It, The Girl, The Body and The Pill, Alley Tramp and The Blast Off Girls, and towards the end he also manages to sneak a bit of his trademark gore.
The box claims that this movie is digitally re-mastered. If it is; I would have hated to have seen the original print. It is full screen, and really average, some of the problems may have been Lewis' film stock in the first place though.
One of the worst soundtracks ever. In some scenes the voices are so obscured by the sounds of revving bikes that they are completely incoherent.
Extra Features
The theatrical trailer runs for 1 minute and 36 seconds.

The audio commentary is by Herschell Gordon Lewis himself along with the guys from Something Weird Video. Lewis' memory proves to be a great source of information of this film, and he remains entertaining throughout the commentary. The sound quality of the commentary is lacking though. And crackles like a badly tuned radio through the commentary.

Short Subject: Biker Beach Party (12 minutes 56 seconds) is a short film about the joys of being a biker and being in a gang. Funnily enough, the monologue at times is almost touching!!

Gallery of Herschell Gordon Lewis Exploitation Art (2 minutes 23 seconds) is just a slideshow of promotional items from Lewis' repertoire.
The Verdict
Bad dialogue, crappy acting, ridiculous script, sloppy film making…hang on, it's a H. G. Lewis film, of course it has all that stuff. So bad it's almost good.
Movie Score
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