Owen Gleiberman
August 08, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Hell Ride

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
83 minutes
Wide Release Date
08/08/08
performer
Larry Bishop, Michael Madsen, Eric Balfour, Dennis Hopper
director
Larry Bishop
distributor
Dimension Films
author
Larry Bishop
genre
ActionAdventure, Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a D

Quentin Tarantino has generally been shrewd about giving his trash-movie heroes a second career, but in the case of Larry Bishop, who starred in late-’60s motorcycle-gang flicks like The Savage Seven, his generosity has backfired. Bishop wrote and directed this outlaw wheeler Hell Ride (presented by QT), in which he plays a long-sideburned rapscallion who’s too sexy for his chopper. It’s a claustrophobic dud, full of ludicrously purple tough-guy dialogue and lip-smacking vamps in bikinis (how hot!), with so much monotonous hip violence there’s scarcely room for anything else. D

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