“ Werewolves on Wheels (1971) ** (out of 4) Mildly entertaining Drive-In film is a cross between The Wolf Man and Easy Rider.
“ The last thing that works here is the fire-packed finale, since there's also a full-on fight against a werewolf, torching and more going on to make it entertaining and end on a high note.
“ The unusually diverse cast and enthusiastic amateur creative spirit create an atmosphere more exciting than the majority of contemporary genre filmmaking.
“ Long on stupidity and boredom - short on horror .
“ This one has a couple long stretches where nothing at all happens other than the antics of the gang, and these are really dull and uninteresting to sit through.
“Yes there are burly bikers who become werewolves - but the unexpected is you don't see them as werewolves very much...
“ But in a sense it works better as a f***ed up hybrid, anyway, where low-rent ripping off (or riffing, however you want to call it) Rosemary's Baby goes hand in hand with every single biker movie cliché (minus the cops, which is a plus in this case) that was ever cooked up by AIP.
“ Aside from when a few nude scenes sprinkled here and there occurred, I had to struggle to stay awake seeing this turkey.
“ The short run time doesn't help matters, as it's so unevenly paced it feels much longer due to all the boredom that occurs, and it really needed more to make it feel more entertaining.
“The instrumental guitar songs on the soundtrack are enjoyable.
“ I mean, it's just pointless blather among friends whether at a diner, the desert, or a former church where satanic rituals are performed.
“ What we've got here is the long slow grind, a boring movie with little scenes, and literally a cast of unknowns.
“ That severely reduces the amount of action possible in the film and makes the film's later half seem a little dull.
“The Final Verdict: A cheesy, but still somewhat enjoyable film with some good parts to it and a couple flaws, this one here is really hard to recommend to.
“ An enjoyable oddity.
“ However, it turned out to be simply bad--unwatchable and unbelievably dull.
“ Werewolves on Wheels was mostly a complete waste of time.
“ In fact, it might just be the perfect cure for insomnia!
“ I did find myself incredibly bored by the whole thing and it took me a couple of days to get through it.
“ Do watch this for gratuitous nudity and pretentious "biker-type" terroristic mannerisms.
“Of course, with that title this film is irresistible, but it's also rather dull.
“ extremely entertaining exploitation fun .
“ In fact, it appears that there really was no script or dialog written for much of the film--they just improvised and every improvisation apparently went into the movie.
“Overall, the movie is brain-numbingly dull throughout and even the werewolf scenes are dull--offering no respite for the audience.
“On the negative side, we have a negligible and very familiar story, a poor script, bad acting, and an interminable (and very boring, notwithstanding the jiggling boobies) black magic ritual.
“Get the DVD and listen to the commentary track - the filmmakers talk about how there are about 6 "real" actors and everyone else is crew and actual bikers (this movie does get points for authenticity in look and feel) and it's entertaining to listen to them reminisce about making movies in those days and how the, um, "props" were 100% authentic and the movie was kind of a rolling party that they happened to bring some cameras to.
“For much of the running time this is a straightforward biker flick, padded out with some very bad acting and lots scenes of bikers riding down an empty highway in the blazing sunshine while music blares on the soundtrack.