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The Peace Killers (1971)

It’s the fuzz tones, man.  It’s all about the fuzz!

What would you do if a producer came up to you and your cousin and said he’d give you $100,000 to make a movie, but it had to be a biker flick and it had to be R-rated?  You’d make that damn movie, of course.  Thus, The Peace Killers, written by Michael Berk and directed, edited, and filmed by Douglas Schwartz (who would later create Baywatch), was born.   

"The Peace Killers announces its arrival with both momentum and biker-fueled craziness"


Full of crazy characters, nutty hats, and solid cinematography from an almost blind cinematographer, The Peace Killers arrives on blu-ray thanks to Scorpion Releasing and delivers a film that, while not the greatest, is certainly not the worst biker flik made during this time in America.  Think of this film as a cultural artifact!  

Opening with bikers being chased by the police across the hills of Southern California, The Peace Killers announces its arrival with both momentum and biker-fueled craziness as it makes its way toward the peace loving commune that is at the center of this flick.  

After all, these movies were once all the rage - with aerial helicopter footage of bikers going this way and that across the screen and exciting back country rides - The Peace Killers attempts to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack with a little bump of hippie power.

You see, these bikers hate all the volkswagen-driving hippies and for good reason.  Rebel (Clint Ritchie) and his gang, which includes one rider who has a pink-bodied ride (made to look like a naked woman, tits and all) lost their Motorcycle Mama, Kristy (Jess Walton), to a peace-loving commune a few months back.  She’s haunted by their raping and pillaging ways, preferring instead the peace, love, and group sex philosophies of Alex (Paul Prokop) and his sensual explosions.

When an accidental meeting of her and her brother, Jeff (Michael Ontkean of Twin Peaks fame) at a convenience store clues the filth-laden bikers to the commune’s whereabouts, she finds herself back on the run from the bikers.  They want what they once had and will stop at nothing to get her back with them, even by force.

With a harmonica-led, bluesy soundtrack at its core, these bikers follow Rebel’s confederate flag straight into the peaceful (and usually naked) commune.  These guys have all been riding in the sun for too long and it shows!The Peace Killers (1971)

And now, thanks to the information given to them from their torturing ways, they are gearing up to bring death and destruction to the commune!  So, while the bikers rape their way through the commune, Kristy escapes via horseback and, yup, the bikers eventually follow!  Is there no limit to their bloodlust?  Apparently, not.

Brutal and ravaging, The Peace Killers does exactly that . . . and crucifies any chance for peace in the valley.

Now available on blu-ray at Ronin Flix.

3/5 beers

The Peace Killers (1971)

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scorpion Releasing
Available on Blu-ray
- November 12, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Starring Clint Richie and Michael Ontean, rebellious young bikers go after a young girl on the run and reign hellfire down onto a peaceful commune in this cult classic!  Originally released in 1971, The Peace Killers can now be brought to your front door thanks to Ronin Flix and Scorpion Releasing.  And it is now in glorious HD!

Video:

Presented in a crisp 1080p transfer, the new HD scan of the original film elements is a thing of pristine beauty.  The film is dominated with reds and greens that absolutely burst with color.  It’s a low budget film, for sure, but the desert backgrounds burst with new details and a nice level of clarity.  Black levels are solid and skin tones are natural. Shadows are defined and the film has a new depth previously unseen.  Mostly shot during the day, the California location practically buzzes with gasoline bursts.

Audio:

Audio wise, the DTS-HD MA 2.0 mono soundtrack is clear and the dialogue is never lost or hard to hear.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Listen to the commentary from the cousins who created this cult flick.  Their stories about the filming of the movie are perhaps more entertaining than the flick itself.

Special Features:

Fans get a new commentary, a new on-screen interview with the makers of the film, and a trailer.

  • Audio Commentary by director Douglas Schwartz, screenwriter Michael Berk and actor Gary Morgan
  • Interview with Schwartz and Berk
  • Trailer

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 3/5 stars
  Video  3/5 stars
  Audio 2/5 stars
  Extras 3/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

3/5 stars

The Peace Killers (1971)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
88 mins
Director
: Douglas Schwartz
Writer:
Michael Berk
Cast:
Clint Ritchie, Jess Walton, Paul Prokop
Genre
: Action | Crime
Tagline:
They ride to love... They ride to kill!
Memorable Movie Quote:
Theatrical Distributor:
Transvue Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
October, 1971
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
November 12, 2019.
Synopsis:

Siblings Kristy and Jeffrey are buying supplies at a remote desert gas station when some members of a biker gang come cruising in. The bikers recognize Kristy, who used to be the main squeeze of the gang's leader before she ran away. The pair get away, but the bikers find out that they're living in a nearby commune, and start making their battle plans to bring Kristy back.

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