Welcome to the Grindhouse: The Hellcats/Chain Gang Women
GRINDHOUSE is an American term for a theater that mainly showed exploitation films. Grindhouses were known for non-stop, triple-bill programs of B movies, usually consisting of a double feature where two films were shown back to back. Many of these inner-city theaters formerly featured burlesque shows which featured "bump and grind" dancing, leading to the term "grind-house." Beginning in the late 1960s and especially during the 1970s, the subject matter of exploitation films shown in these theaters often included explicit sex, violence, bizarre or perverse plot points, and other taboo content - biker films, horror films, martial arts films etc. By the 1980s, home video threatened to render Grindhouses obsolete. By the end of the decade, these theaters had vanished from Los Angeles's Broadway and Hollywood Boulevard, New York City's Times Square, San Francisco's Market Street and pretty much everywhere else in the United States. To salute this film revolution of a bygone era, BCI has developed a line of DVD double features that recreate the ephemeral experience of the Grindhouse theaters with a whole new, interactive DVD experience. Featuring back-to-back film presentations, complete with movie trailers, commercials and an intermission, you can now enjoy the exploitative nature of exclusively licensed, cult films in the comfort of your own home with "WELCOME TO THE GRINDHOUSE". Chain Gang Women - Chained like animals...treated like trash! A shocking brutal story of two convicts, whose escape starts a trail of violence, rape and murder and whose women will forever feel the touch of their unleashed primative cravings. Starring Michael Stearns, Barbara Mills and Linda York R - 85 minutes - 1971 The Hellcats - Leather on the outside....all woman on the inside! Viciousness, brutality, excitement, honesty and love are all a part of this fast-paced, action-packed film about female motorcycle gangs...the first of its kind. Starring Ross Hagen, Dee Duffy and Sonny West R - 90 minutes - 1967 - Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1)
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First we get fullscreen trailers for "Chinese Hercules" and "Night of the Bloody Apes" (no "Feast of Flesh" trailer, just a blurb). Now the first feature starts.
"Chain Gang Women" Fullscreen, 1:25:48 in length, decent print, 16 chapters.
I don't know how to express how awful this movie is. The first 7 chapters are just chain gang. No women. In the last 9 chapters we do have two women, both of whom are raped (by indifference?). With 3 minutes left of this fiasco (including credits), we learn that the whole point of this agony was a set up for a cruel punch line. Not a good movie.
Intermission. Fullscreen trailers for "Superchick" and "The Sister in Law". Second feature starts.
"The Hellcats" 1.78:1 Widescreen, 1:23:30 in length, decent print, 17 chapters.
A hippie biker gang smuggles dope for a drug kingpin. The drug kingpin kills a cop. The cop's brother and girlfriend join the hippie bikers to find the drug kingpin. Hum, sounds so familiar... I did enjoy this movie! It's like one of those LSD Dragnet episodes with just the kids and no Joe Friday. Hippie bikers being tough. Hippie bikers being beautiful. Hippie bikers talking like hippie bikers. Stupid macho rituals. Beer drinking galore! No nudity (sigh), no gore, maybe not even any good cussing (that I can remember?). I guess I dug the atmosphere and nostalgia of it all. Shannon Summers sure gives Monica Gayle a hell of a run for hottest patch-eyed bad girl!