Written by: George Pacheco on June 14th, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1972
Director: Jon Donne
Cast: Rene Bond, Ric Lutze, Andy Bellamy, Wayne Chapman, Suzanne Fields
DVD Release Date: June 14th, 2016
Approximate Running Time: 62 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
DVD Release: Impulse PIctures
Region Encoding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
Rene Bond may grace the cover of Impulse’s DVD for the obscure 1972 roughie Bad Bad Gang, but the popular exploitation star actually doesn’t enjoy much screen time here in director Jon Donne’s sloppy, quickie sex feature.
Fuzzed out psych-rock and a clever, homegrown title sequence introduces viewers to a vacationing foursome on their way to the Garden of Eden campsite, two couples who are conveniently presented to us as “Eve”, “Kane”, “Jane” and “Able” before they run afoul of a group of antisocial bikers out for some kicks. Unfortunately, these “kicks” consist of kidnapping, rape and violence at the expense of our Biblical protagonists, all of which are presented to the viewer in an ugly and dirty fashion not unlike that of its softcore counterpart from the same year, “Wrong Way.”
Apart from a couple scenes benefiting from some uneasy synth sounds from the score, Bad Bad Gang is more than fairly tedious to watch, even for fans who normally flock towards this style of Times Square grindhouse cinema. The aforementioned Bond really doesn’t have anything to do with the film after the first third or so, with her frequent costar/boyfriend/suitcase pimp Ric Lutze and Wayne Chapman showing up in most of the scenes with their female biker captors. If anything, Bad Bad Gang feels more like a Lutze vehicle, with Bond likely brought along for the ride, and to sell the film to an audience.
Donne’s film was obviously riffing on the successful biker film success stories of the 1960s, but it never gets out of the gutter to achieve anything worth watching. Granted, 1972 was fairly early in terms of adult cinema and the “porno chic” movement which would hit a few years later, but Bad Bad Gang is really better left forgotten.
Impulse’s tattered and worn print of Bad Bad Gang has certainly seen better days, but the advertisements for the disc do proclaim this version to be the most complete on the market, compared to the shorter version originally presented by Something Weird on their “Dragon Art” series of DVDrs. There is plenty of dirt and print damage abound, with some washed out colors and fuzzy images, but overall doesn’t look terrible, given the scarcity of the source material.
The audio quality actually isn’t too bad, with much of the dialog sounding quite clear and balanced against the soundtrack and background noise. There are no extras apart from a sneak peek at Impulse’s continued “Peep Show” series of discs, making this a purchase recommended only to Rene Bond completists or Ric Lutze fetishists.