Book Title: Hard Riders an Anthology
Print Length: 216 pages
Genre: Gay, Action/Adventure, Light BDSM, Contemporary
Publisher: Totally Bound
Authors: Jenna Byrnes, L.M. Somerton, Morticia Knight
Posting Date: December 07, 2014
Author Guest Post by Morticia Knight:
The Top 5 Biker Films of All Time by Morticia Knight
When I lived in the San Jacinto Mountains right above Palm Springs, California – there was a highway that wound up from the desert floor. Highway 74 is an amazing scenic ride with lots of twists and turns that ends in the picturesque town of Idyllwild. Even Brad Pitt used to ride his bike there and one of the locals had his picture taken with him when Brad stopped by his convenience store for a pack of cigarettes.
As leather clad and tattooed that all of these bikers were, they weren’t what you’d call outlaws – even if the locals sometimes treated them that way. In my story from the Hard Riders anthology, Biking Bad, it’s set in the Mojave Desert near Palm Springs. While the Motorcycle Clubs I’m familiar with may not have been one-percenters, in my tale the Mojave Sidewinders definitely are.
Here’s a list of the Top 5 Biker Films (in my opinion!) They all have a good element of danger and bad behavior. Let me know if there are others you think should be on this list *wink*
5. Hell’s Angels on Wheels – Starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Roarke
This film from 1967 places Nicholson in the role of Poet, a gas station attendant who’s bored with his life and looking for some excitement. After helping the Angels out in a murderous brawl, Buddy of the MC asks Poet to join. More mayhem ensues with a sub plot where Poet and Buddy vie for the attentions of the same woman. This is one of those films that have developed a healthy cult following over the years.
4. The Wild Angels – Starring Bruce Dern, Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra
I picked this one because it also had that sixties outlaw biker element – plus it had Nancy Sinatra. Nothing says cheese like Nancy. The sixties were filled with biker flicks starring some top names of the day, and I can only hope that we might see some modern takes on these types of outlaw biker films. This one has a wonky plot, but there’s plenty of bad behavior – including murder. But with tags like ‘Their credo is violence!’ and ‘Their God is hate!’ – how can you resist?
3. Terminator 2 – Starring Arnold Schwarzeneggar, Robert Patrick, Linda Hamilton
Okay, stay with me on this. This isn’t your typical tattooed, thumb your nose at ‘the man’ biker flick – but, come on. Those bike sequences between Schwarzeneggar and Patrick are epic, and Arnold really
had a bitchen’ leather jacket. Plus, the cyborgs really do hate the man – just in their own unique way. (Honorable mention goes to Trinity in Matrix Reloaded)
2. The Wild One – Marlon Brando, Lee Marvin
This is a typical Brando ‘tough guy’ vehicle, and he plays it to the hilt. He was right on the heels of Streetcar Named Desire, so this was a great addition to his resume. Since it was set in the fifties, the worst thing these guys did was cause a big ruckus and menace the locals. Gasp!
1. Easy Rider – Starring Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Jack Nicholson
I think most people would agree with this one as it’s such an iconic film. Not only is it revered as a biker flick, but it is an excellent commentary on the free and easy attitude of that generation. In this movie, we get to see the beginning of the Dennis Hopper madman persona, and it’s a treat to watch. The remaining cast all adds to what is a very worthwhile picture, and is a must-see – biker enthusiast or not.
Hope you enjoyed the list, and if you prefer your riders hard – rather than easy – check out the Hard Riders anthology!