Motor Psycho (1965) - Rotten Tomatoes

Motor Psycho (1965)

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This exploitation film delivers the typically sadistic and fast-paced action expected from cult director Russ Meyer. Alex Rocco stars as veterinarian Corey Maddox, whose wife is raped by a motorcycle gang. The three hoods are led by Brahmin (Stephen Oliver), who was a Section 8 in Vietnam. They kill an old man and terrorize his wife Ruby (Haji) until she gets away and joins up with Maddox. Together, the two of them hunt down the gang. Brahmin shoots one of them himself, Ruby knifes another, and Maddox blows Brahmin to pieces with dynamite during a standoff at an abandoned mine. The rape scenes are brutal, though not explicit, and Meyer (who appears briefly as the local sheriff) leavens the film with enough campy humor to make it inoffensive. It would have been odious in other hands, but Meyer is somehow able to present scenes in the worst possible taste and still leave viewers smiling. He made better films than this one, but it is still superior to most similar efforts of the time. Coleman Francis and George Costello also appear.

Cast

Alex Rocco
as Corey Maddox
Holle K. Winters
as Gail Maddox
Arshalouis Aivazian
as Fisherman's Wife
Coleman Francis
as Harry Bonner
Haji
as Ruby Bonner
Sharon Lee
as Jessica Fannin
Steve Masters
as Fisherman
E.E. Meyer
as Sheriff
Russ Meyer
as Sheriff
Richard S. Brummer
as Ambulance Driver
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Audience Reviews for Motor Psycho

Often overshadowed by "Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill" (made in the same year), this film has far less camp and more grit... whilst keeping all of the androgyny, as well as better directorial work. Overall, it is a slightly better film for it... it just isn't as gaudy or entertaining. It's depiction of violence, without as much humor, makes "Motor Psycho" more shocking and memorable than it's sister film. A neat piece of trivia: this is the first depiction of a post-traumatic-stress addled Vietnam Vet in film.

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