Fans of ’70s British horror films are well aware of the 1973 film Psychomania, also known as The Death Wheelers! Director Don Sharp gives us not just a film about a ruthless gang of bikers, but undead bikers! Sharp gave us a The Kiss of the Vampire (1963), Devil-Ship Pirates (1964), and Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) for Hammer Studios, but also gave us two treasures that don’t get enough love, Witchcraft (1964) and Curse of the Fly (1965).
But with this crazy tale, we get a gang of bikers that make a pact with Satan to come back from the dead, then terrorizing the locals! Of course, they have to kill themselves to get that return ticket, but these are ruthless, motorcycle deviants, so that’s not a problem, right? Okay, so these might not be the toughest biker gang out there, but that is part of the fun. Strange fact is that actor George Sanders, who plays the father of the gang leader, who is immortal in the film after his suicide pact, would take his own life for real, shortly after this movie was finished.
Now thanks to Arrow Video, Psychomania will be raised from the dead one more time, this time on Blu-ray! They have done a 2K restoration from preservation negatives, with a high definition (1080p) and standard DVD presentation. The extras will include an all new interview with Nicky Henson, who stars as the leader of the biker gang. There is also archive interviews with actors Henson, Mary Larkin, Denis Gilmore, Roy Holder, and Rocky Taylor, composer John Cameron, and singer Harvey Andrews, who sang the song Riding Free.
There is also a new featurette on the company responsible for the costumes for the movie, as well as a look back at the film’s restoration. Throw in a theatrical trailer and a reversible sleeve with artwork by the Twins of Evil, and you’ve got yourself an awesome edition for your collection.
This will be released on Feb. 21st.