Werewolves on Wheels

Biker movies were all the rage in the late sixties and early seventies. Riding the coattails of Easy Rider is not an easy task. So what is a director to do to put a unique spin on his biker movie? Why you add a werewolf to the mix. Voila, you got yourself an instant classic. Werewolves on Wheels is sure to get your attention for a genre on the decline in 1971. Too bad this movie faded into the sunset of obscurity.

You know it is a sure sign when a movie is remembered for its director and none of the actors.

Directed by Michel Levesque.

Starring: Steve Oliver, Donna Anders, Gene Shane, Billy Gray, Barry McGuire, and Owen Orr.

A biker gang visits a monastery where they encounter black-robed monks engaged in worshipping Satan. When the monks try to persuade one of the female bikers, Helen, to become a satanic sacrifice the bikers smash up the monastery and leave. The monks have the last laugh, though, as Helen, as a result of the satanic rituals, is now possessed and at night changes into a werewolf, with dire results for the biker gang.

“Don’t let the poster art fool you; it’s not quite as cool as it looks. In my opinion, there are not enough actual werewolves riding motorcycles to justify the title. But it’s an interesting glimpse into the life of “outlaw bikers” with a supernatural twist, mixing in a little black magic, Satanism, and a groovy soundtrack.”

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Fun Fact:

Werewolves on Wheels’ notable actor is Billy Gray who played James “Bud” Anderson, Jr. in Father Knows Best from 1954-1960.