Northville Cemetery Massacre
Riding the Dream ... until law and order went berserk!
The bikers are the heroes and the lawmen are the villains in this vintage action drama. The Spirits are a motorcycle club who ride the highways and country roads of Michigan; while they look rough, wear beat-up denim and favor Harley Davidsons, the Spirits are good guys at heart, more likely to help a stranger change a flat tire than rough him up. Northville Cemetery Massacre is a 1976 motorcycle exploitation film written and directed by William Dear and Thomas L. Dyke. Nick Nolte did an uncredited voice over for the film's lead actor, David Hyry.
Has there ever been a good motorcycle gang movie? Sorry, "motorcycle club".
This movie is one big shooting gallery with lots of blood packs being exploded. The shootout at the O.K. Coral pales in comparison. It's a ridiculous movie that is ripe for riffin'. I never knew a helicopter could sneak up on anyone. The ending will have you scratching your head.
The voice dubbing is so poor that some characters move their lips for entire sentences with nothing being heard. Nick Nolte even dubbed the Jon Voight lookalike.
Mike Nesmith of The Monkees wrote the music.
Unless you're a fan of low-budget, exploitation films, avoid Northville Cemetery Massacre. Just bury it six feet under.
A damn entertaining biker film co-directed by William Dear, who later helmed HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS and ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD. However, with all the bloodletting, the film has more in common with his later SIMON SAYS, featuring Crispin Glover murdering people.
NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE probably has a better script, though, telling the story of a biker gang framed for the rape and assault of a young woman -- that was actually committed by a crooked cop, who leads a vigilante squad against them. It all leads to an entertaining climax at the titular cemetery, with plenty of Peckinpah-esque slow motion. The ending is a bit disappointing, but what a ride. Dear should shed blood more often.