Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, looks to Feb. 21 as the street date for a new 2K restoration of director Don Sharp’s 1973 Brit-flick mixed-genre film release of Psychomania. The film arrived in the domestic theatrical market place in January of 1974 as The Death Wheelers.
Released by Scotia International — during their short-lived distribution life cycle in the early 1970s — The Death Wheelers joined the likes of Horror Express, The Baby, Pancho Villa and Suburban Wives (among others) before dropping out of sight.
The influences of Peter Fonda’s Easy Rider and his earlier biker film, The Wild Angels, have been melted with Kubrick’s 1971 film release of A Clockwork Orange and some of the Amicus Productions that were popular at the time (The House that Dripped Blood, Tales from the Crypt, etc.) to form this wholly unique biker-horror tale.
Tom (Nicky Henson — The Conqueror Worm, The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones, etc.) is a blend of Peter Fonda and Malcolm McDowell, with a pedigree for the occult that is only revealed as the storyline progresses. Once that is revealed his penchant for violence and mayhem takes on a whole new level … the ultimate evil!
Bonus goodies include a new video session with Nicky Henson, archived interviews with composer John Andrews and singer Harvey Andrews, a vintage featurette titled “Return of the Living Dead,” a newly-prepared featurette titled “Hell for Leather” and a look at the film’s restoration process.