Motor Psycho (1965)

73 mins | Melodrama | August 1965

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HISTORY

The picture marked the feature film debuts of actors Alex Rocco and Stephen Oliver.
       An item in the 7 Jun 1965 DV referred to the picture as The Cauldron, and announced that principal photography had recently completed, listing shooting locations near Blythe, CA.
       Various modern sources indicated these additional alternate titles: Motorpsycho, Motorpsycho!, Rio Vengeance, and Motor Mods and Rockers.
       According to the 18 Aug 1965 Var review, the budget was $38,000. The review deemed the “rape-murder drama” “slick, well-made and initially absorbing,” with “crisp camera work,” but criticized the script’s many loose ends and lack of satisfying payback by Rocco’s character.
       The 11 Mar 1966 LAT announced that the picture was being double-billed with Russ Meyer’s concurrent release, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Kill! (1965, see entry), in multiple runs. Actress Haji appears in both films. The review stated, “both are essentially fetishist fantasies, projected with crude gusto,” but that Meyer is “all tease and no show,” exhibiting restraint by shying away from actual ... More Less

The picture marked the feature film debuts of actors Alex Rocco and Stephen Oliver.
       An item in the 7 Jun 1965 DV referred to the picture as The Cauldron, and announced that principal photography had recently completed, listing shooting locations near Blythe, CA.
       Various modern sources indicated these additional alternate titles: Motorpsycho, Motorpsycho!, Rio Vengeance, and Motor Mods and Rockers.
       According to the 18 Aug 1965 Var review, the budget was $38,000. The review deemed the “rape-murder drama” “slick, well-made and initially absorbing,” with “crisp camera work,” but criticized the script’s many loose ends and lack of satisfying payback by Rocco’s character.
       The 11 Mar 1966 LAT announced that the picture was being double-billed with Russ Meyer’s concurrent release, Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Kill! (1965, see entry), in multiple runs. Actress Haji appears in both films. The review stated, “both are essentially fetishist fantasies, projected with crude gusto,” but that Meyer is “all tease and no show,” exhibiting restraint by shying away from actual nudity. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
7 Jun 1965
p. 13.
Los Angeles Times
11 Mar 1966
Section C, p. 11.
Variety
18 Aug 1965
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Prod asst
SOURCES
SONGS
Theme song by Paul Sawtell and Bert Shefter.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Rio Vengeance
The Cauldron
Motorpsycho!
Motor Mods and Rockers
Release Date:
August 1965
Copyright Claimant:
Eve Productions
Copyright Date:
1 August 1965
Copyright Number:
LP31264
Duration(in mins):
73
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Three motorcyclists--Brahmin, a medically discharged Vietnam veteran, Dante, and Slick--wreak havoc in a California desert town. Cory Maddox, the local veterinarian whose wife was assaulted and raped by the gang, chases the three hoodlums into a desert canyon when the town sheriff refuses to help. Taking with him Ruby, whose husband was murdered by the gang, Cory is bitten by a poisonous snake. Slick is killed by Brahmin during an argument, and Ruby kills Dante when he attacks her. Cory takes refuge in a deserted mine shaft and finds a stick of dynamite. He ignites it and it explodes, killing ... +


Three motorcyclists--Brahmin, a medically discharged Vietnam veteran, Dante, and Slick--wreak havoc in a California desert town. Cory Maddox, the local veterinarian whose wife was assaulted and raped by the gang, chases the three hoodlums into a desert canyon when the town sheriff refuses to help. Taking with him Ruby, whose husband was murdered by the gang, Cory is bitten by a poisonous snake. Slick is killed by Brahmin during an argument, and Ruby kills Dante when he attacks her. Cory takes refuge in a deserted mine shaft and finds a stick of dynamite. He ignites it and it explodes, killing Brahmin. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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