“Mad Dogs from Hell!”, “Hunting down their prey with a quarter-ton of hot steel between their legs!” We’re talking about the NAKED ANGELS, don’t come crossing their way or you’ll be sorry. Just in case you missed out, we’re into sleazy biker flicks, so here’s one more!
Naked Angels is the story of Mother, president of the LA Angels Motorcycle Club, who is released from hospital after a rival gang member has beaten him up. He gets off to a fresh new start by first stealing a motorcycle, reclaiming his old lady Marlene and taking back his color and leader position in the Angels MC.
In search of revenge they ride to Las Vegas to find the Vegas Hotdoggers who are responsible for Mother’s stay in hospital. After raiding a topless bar they find out that the Hotdogger’s member they’re looking for is hiding in and abandoned desert mine in Devil’s Head.
When the Angels finally make it out to the desert, the gang turns against their leader for being cruel and reckless. Nevertheless, they fight the Hotdoggers with motorcycle chains and knives. The Hotdogger leader steals an Angel’s bike but Mother rides him down and finishes him off while the Angels look on and cheer.
After taking revenge on all the Hotdoggers, Fingers and Mother fight it out at the end, but only one can be leader of the Angels.
Technical / Production
Although the cast of Naked Angels is made up of UCLA film students, they were advised by a former Hell’s Angels member which gives the film a gritty real feeling. Financed by Roger Corman and produced by film student David Dawdy, the film utilized Francis Ford Coppola’s camera truck and technician. Written in three weekends the whole movie was shot in only three weeks.
- Released in 1969
- Running Time: 89 Min.
- Distributed by Favorite Films
- Directed by Bruce D. Clark
- Written by Bruce D. Clark, Marc Siegler
- Starring Michael Greene, Jennifer Gan, Richard Rust, Art Jenoff, Felicia Guy, Penelope Spheeris
- Produced by Roger Corman, David R. Dawdy
- Original Music by Jeff Simmons, Randy Sterling
- Cinematography by Robert Eberlein, William B. Kaplan
- Film Editing by Johanna Bryant
The film takes advantage of the neon lightning of Las Vegas as many of the filming sequences occur there. The viewer gets a true historical representation of the state of the city near the end of the 60’s. The film has sequences where the footage alternates between moving action and still photography which gives it an “art film” feeling. Along with the electric fuzz guitar soundtrack, there are many “dream” or “hallucination” sequences at different points in the film giving it a surreal atmosphere. The camera locations on the motorcycle riding sequences give the viewer a point of view that is unusual in these type of moving action sequences.
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