director Al Adamson
Before this, I’d only seen one other of director Al Adamson’s samples of trash cinema, Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971). In comparison with that, Satan’s Sadists is downright Oscar-worthy.
Russ Tamblyn stars as a psychopathic leader of a vicious motorcycle gang, who rape and murder and wreak havoc in the small towns and hills in the country in which they rove. Oh but they run afoul of an ex-Vietnam veteran who has survival skills upon which to turn, running into the hills with a pretty waitress, they escape the slovenly, ruthless gang, while many others are not nearly so lucky.
For all the body count and violence, it’s actually kind of soft on the gore, making it not nearly so shocking or outrageous as it might be. But it’s an entertaining romp of villainy from the dark side of the hippie scene. It also features some groovy tunes by garage act, the Nightriders.
If anything, I was surprised how decent a film this was in comparison with Dracula vs. Frankenstein. It’s certainly nowhere as laugh-out-loud awful or oddly murky as that one. I don’t know how it holds up against the other outlaw biker films, since I haven’t seen too many of them. But it’s a pretty fun affair for what it’s worth.