BY BLAINE MCLAREN
****THIS IS AN UPDATE TO THE ORIGINAL REVIEW THAT I POSTED BACK IN APRIL****
Back in 2011 there were a lot of throwback movies flooding the market of indie horror. Most of them were full of digital damage and parading under the moniker of “Grindhouse”. Some of them were good, but most of them were pretty bad and thought they could hide their inexperience by force-feeding a nostalgia that most of us never experienced. Amongst these generic titles was a little movie called “Dear God No!” It was a return to something that was (almost) fetishistic in its approach to authenticity. Director James Bickert opt to shoot the flick on 16mm film and delivered a slick, but endearingly flawed film about bikers and booze. Five years later we are finally being treated to a sequel and I couldn’t be happier to be revisiting this gang of sadistic bikers from hell and the mayhem they cause.
The story picks up right after the last film with our antiheroes, The Impalers. They have been brought back from the dead and are being employed by the doctor that they once terrified and tried to kill. They are addicted to a reanimation serum that helps them survive, making the boys slaves to the Doctor and his Austrian cohort, Klaus (played by the one and only Laurence Harvey). The past wrongs made by the gang seem to have caught up with them unleashing an army of hitmen, rival gangs and unspeakable creatures their way. Now they must keep it together, survive and try to have a little fun while they do it.
“Frankenstein Created Bikers” is the best kind of sequel, deciding to take the kitchen sink approach rather than just retreading what we enjoyed the first time around. Mr. Bickert amps up the gore and nudity to disarming levels, while still offering a smarter and more polished film than the last. Nothing feels cheap in this movie (except human life) and the choice to shoot in 35mm only adds to the slick production value. Jett Bryant returns as the leader of The Impalers and holds his own in a film full of great actors. His natural charm and charisma plays out well, giving the audience a guy to get behind. As polished as this film is they never lose sight at what it is, it is a sleazy biker flick with greasy dudes and naked chicks with machine guns. Make no bones about it, this is a 125 minute epic of exploitation and excess! I Cannot stress how fun this flick is and urge you to check it out for yourself. Frankenstein Created Bikers is currently only playing film festivals, but I will update as availability is announced.