The Northville Cemetery Massacre

The Northville Cemetery Massacre

Director: William Dear, Thomas L. Dyke Cast: Craig Collicott, David Hyry



The front cover art to VCI's DVD release of Northville Cemetery Massacre proclaims it "the ultimate biker flick," which is probably going a bit far to make a point (The Wild Angels, The Losers or Hell's Angels on Wheels are certainly more deserving of the honor), but it's certainly a better-than-average low-budget wheeler, and this DVD is easily the best home video incarnation of this movie to date. Northville Cemetery Massacre (aka Freedom R.I.P.) has been transferred to disc in the full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and looks reasonably good; the colors are strong and the transfer is as sharp and well detailed as the 16mm source materials permit. But the print is also on the scratchy side and while the pockmarks are usually not very distracting, they're certainly visible much of the time, which may trouble more exacting viewers. The audio has been given a boost for this release, and the Dolby Digital Stereo tracks sound richer and more resonant than they did in the film's VHS editions. The dialogue is in English, with optional Spanish language subtitles. Among the bonus features, this DVD boasts no fewer than three commentary tracks -- a breezy play-by-play from co-director William Dear, a detailed history of the film's production from the film's other director, Thomas Dyke, and a group commentary from members of Detroit's Scorpions Motorcycle Club (who appeared in the film), which sounds as if it was taped while a great many beers were drained in their clubhouse. The disc also includes two slideshow-style galleries of production stills and ad artwork, and trailers for other VCI releases. Fans of vintage biker flicks will want to give this a look -- it offers an unusual perspective on the genre, and it's in better shape than on the film's long out-of-print VHS releases.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/31/2006
UPC: 0089859845529
Original Release: 1976
Rating: R
Source: Vci Video
Region Code: 0
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features

Digitally re-mastered; Director Thomas Dyke audio commentary; Director William Dear audio commentary; Scorpions MC, Detroit audio commentary of behind the scenes; Photo gallery and the making of the picture; International theater lobby cards and VHS coverwraps; Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Northville Cemetery Massacre
1. Peaceful Riders [6:55]
2. Police Harassment [4:04]
3. Bittersweet [9:47]
4. Manipulating Pig [5:36]
5. Fatal Celebration [6:48]
6. The Ecologist [5:19]
7. Drive-in Attack [6:55]
8. Gun Supplier [11:01]
9. Vengeful Father [5:09]
10. Funeral Procession [4:28]
11. Aerail Assault [9:57]
12. Final Standoff [7:17]

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The Northville Cemetery Massacre 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Northville Cemetery Massacre is an underappreciated gem. Massacre, a late entry in the bike movie genre, was released at a time where America was evolving into a post-60's milieu, a time stripped of the naive optimism of the decade before. The basic premise of &amp quot Massacre&amp quot is to switch the &amp quot white hats&amp quot and &amp quot black hats&amp quot , making the bikers the &quot good guys&quot , who appear to be more genuine in their attempt to uphold traditional American values than the pre-ordained societal guardians, or the &quot bad guys&quot in this film, who have been appointed to serve in that role. Featuring some of the most violent, Peckinpah-inspired gunshot blasts ever filmed during the film's bloody denoument, this movie is not for the faint of heart. In most cases though, the film is a rewarding experience, especially for nominal Michiganders.