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Northville Cemetery Massacre (1976)

David Hyry , J. Craig Collicut , Thomas L. Dyke , William Dear  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hyry, J. Craig Collicut, Carson Jackson, Jan Sisk, Herb Sharples
  • Directors: Thomas L. Dyke, William Dear
  • Writers: Thomas L. Dyke, William Dear, James King, Jim Pappas, Phil Nyus
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Vci Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000HC2LMQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,832 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Northville Cemetery Massacre" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Digitally Remastered
  • Directors Cut
  • Commentary by Director Thomas Dyke
  • Commentary by Director William Dear
  • Scorpions MC, Detroit Audio Commentary of Behind the Scenes
  • Photo Gallery of the Making of the Picture
  • International Theater Posters, Lobby Cards and VHS Coverwraps

Editorial Reviews

The 30th Anniversary Edition Northville Cemetery Massacre …it takes time and something special for a film to become an international motorcycle cult favorite. Built in Detroit in the early 1970s, independent filmmakers Thomas Dyke and William Dear cast Detroit’s Scorpions Motorcycle Club to star. They wore colors and rode Harleys. Tough, stand-up, action-driven, these bikers were riding the dream. They valued their freedom of the road. They held strong and paid the ultimate price. Freedom: R.I.P. Northville Cemetery Massacre originally released in 1975 has achieved international cult recognition. Influenced by Dennis Hopper’s "Easy Rider" and Sam Peckinpah’s "The Wild Bunch" and reflecting the spirit of the times as the film "Woodstock" these filmmakers chose a biker theme and freedom of the open road. In addition to the picture’s unique POV, the film introduces the early distinctive voice of Nick Nolte for Chris, the lead in the film. Michael Nesmith, formerly of the Monkees, created the picture’s powerful musical score. Rated R this film is one of the most brutally honest and thought-provoking independent movies to come out of the 1970s. We are on the side of the bikers from the very opening scene as they approach and surround an elderly couple with a flat tire on their vintage car. We are expecting the worst; however, the bikers in good spirit change their tire and ride on. This fast-paced, action-packed picture continues to surprise and entertain. Bonus Features: Digitally Re-Mastered| Anamorphic Wide screen – Enhanced for 16x9 monitors| Director's Cut| Director's audio narrative of the making of "Northville Cemetery Massacre"| Director Thomas Dyke Commentary| Director William Dear Commentary| Behind the Scenes audio commentary of members of the Scorpions MC Detroit talking candidly about motorcycles and their roles in making the film| Introducing the voice of Nick Nolte| Photo Gallery| Plus much more!. Specs: DVD9; Dolby Digital; 86 minutes; Color; 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio; MPAA – R; Year – 1976; SRP - $19.99.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VCI Entertainment present "NORTHVILLE CEMETERY MASSACRE" (1976) --- (Dolby digitally remastered) --- Under William Dear (Director/Producer/Screenplay), Thomas L. Dyke (Director/Producer/Screenplay), Michael Nesmith (Original Music) ------ the cast includes Garrett Albright, J. Craig Collicut, David Hyry, Carson Jackson, Nick Nolte (dubbed voice), Jan Sisk . . . . .originally titled Freedom: R.I.P. is considered "the ultimate biker flick." ... Freedom: Ride In Peace ... they wore colors and rode Harleys ... this film is one of the most brutally honest and thought-provoking independent movies to come out of the 1970s.

Introducing the early distinctive voice of Nick Nolte for Chris the lead character in the film ... Michael Nesmith created the picture's powerful film score ... fast-paced, this action-packed biker flick starring a real outlaw motorcycle club continues to surprise and entertain to the final scene ... has achieved international cult recognition, was originally released in 1974 and has never been forgotten ... a tough, stand-up, action-driven motorcycle club, the Spirits, they wore colors and rode Harleys ... our bikers were riding the dream, valued their freedom of the road ... then law and order went berserk, law inforcement crossed the line and unleashed a storm of rage and revenge ... the bikers hold strong and pay the ultimate price. Freedom: R.I.P, which translated means "Ride In Peace".


1. Digitally Re-Mastered

2. Directors Cut

3. Director Thomas Dyke Audio Commentary

4. Director William Dear Audio Commentary

5. Scorpions MC, Detroit Audio Commentary on Making the Movie

6. Photo Gallery of the Making of the Movie

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My family's property is in this movie! April 24, 2011
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I love this film, partly for its campiness, partly for the fact that it's about my hometown of Northville, Michigan. Well, a very bizarre version of my hometown. Very low budget, and a bit heavy on the "generation gap" references, but not too bad of a story involving misunderstood bikers, corrupt law enforcement officials, and vengeance. The opening scene is tense but ends in hilarity; there are a couple rather brutal scenes, and there's even a few homages, including a "Patton" speech in front of a flag hanging in a garage.

If you are a fan of campy horror films, or just b-movies in general, this is a cult classic. Pick it up sometime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic biker movie July 11, 2010
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Better than average biker show with decent music. Real bike club as actors adds authenticity. Cool choppers too!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Freedom: R.I.P. July 16, 2013
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Billed as "The Ultimate Biker Flick," "Northville Cemetery Massacre" fails to quite live up to that hype, but don't let that discourage you; it is one of the more interesting independent biker films of the 1970s. Filmed around Detroit and starring members of Detroit's Scorpions Motorcycle Club, the film has an interesting realism relative to all things motorcycle, but unsurprisingly falls down in the acting and production values departments.

The film opens strongly with a scene in which you suspect the bikers are going to brutalize a stranded elderly couple, but actually end up changing their tire and helping them, thereby establishing them as strong protagonists. If they are the protagonists, it's almost a given that the cops will be the antagonists, and in that assumption you'd be correct. After an unsavory interaction with the evil sheriff in a barn and a trip through a car wash on their bikes (the bikers really did appear to be having fun in their roles) the lines are drawn. While the final conflict does in fact occur in the Northville cemetery, there's an especially good earlier scene in an outdoor theater (which made me for a while think more accurate titles might have been "Northville Drive-In Assassin" or even "Northville Bathroom Triage.")

The compelling action is interspersed with long vistas of Harley-intensive cross-country travel which bog down the pace somewhat. There are also interesting comedic moments in the film (note the house with the periscope in a monk statue which segues nicely to a "Patton"-esque soliloquy in front of a US flag; I will also note that skunk pelts make unusually stylish chapeaus.) The discussion about how you can't rent hand grenades was especially entertaining to me.
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