Take an Easy Ride 1975

director: Kenneth F. Rowles  


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Great Britain

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Take an Easy Ride on a slightly more serious note takes account of the possible predicaments that may be encountered by either party, when young girls hitch-hike alone.

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Available on VHSAvailable on Betamax

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Catalogue Number DPV0003E
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Duration: 38m 22s
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Notes Double-bill with Give Me a Ring Sometime. Read more about this video, which is featured in the book The Art of the Nasty
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by Lee James Turnock
Kenneth Rowles was one of the great 'nearly men' of British exploitation. In 1970, he created a thirteen-part series based around the physical charms of actress Luan Peters called [i]Go Gir[/i]l, but it was promptly shelved and remained unreleased for years. His last directing job was a tribute to Her Majesty the Queen in 1987. 1976 proved to be Rowles' banner year, as he produced the dismal but profitable sex comedy [i]the Ups and Downs of a Handyman[/i] and directed this controversial offering, which started life as a public information film intended for television broadcast before the Wardour Street fraternity heard about it and turned it into a full-blown exploitation quickie, proudly wearing its X rating and occupying one Soho cinema for the best part of a year. If you've ever wondered what a cross between John MacKenzie's [i]Apaches[/i] and Wes Craven's [i]Last House on the Left[/i] would look like, [i]Take an Easy Ride[/i] will satisfy your curiosity. The dangers of hitch-hiking are spelled out in typically sensationalist manner, with two bad girls who think nothing of stealing the tips jar and a knife from a motorway cafe before stabbing some poor sod who was dim enough to offer them a lift, an attractive blonde who finds herself seduced by a middle-aged bisexual whilst her portly husband (sporting a nasty pair of nylon Y-fronts) takes photographs, and a couple of female hippies en route to a rock concert get driven into the woods by a pornography addict who subjects them to a graphic and pretty disturbing ordeal - all shot in the same cruddy, bleached-out, grainy 16mm stock as the Central Office of Information's galvanizing daytime fillers ("I am the spirit of dark and lonely water..."), edited with a breadknife and a pot of glue, and accompanied by library music from the DeWolfe catalogue. Clocking in at just under forty minutes, [i]Take an Easy Ride[/i] doesn't outstay its welcome and is best viewed nowadays as one of the genuine curios of the golden age of British exploitation.