I don't know if you young people out there can
ever truly comprehend what a phenom Evel Knievel was back in the
If you grew up in the 70's Evel was like a Mego action figure
come to life. There he was, jumping over cars and busses and fire
and god knows what else. Breaking every bone in his body whenever
he screwed up some stunt. Always clad in red, white and blue.
Always in some souped up vehicle that was like a kids dream car,
or boat, or dragster, or chopper, or rocket sled.
He was like Mick Foley, Johnny Knoxville, Liberace and Captain
America combined. So hell, give him a movie right? And he can
play himself. (George Hamilton played Evel in a biopic. He played
Hank Williams in a biopic as well. What did George have that Satan
needed so bad??) And while we're at it let's get the guy who directed
SLAUGHTERS BIG RIP-OFF, THEY CALL ME MISTER TIBBS, IN LIKE FLINT,
THEM! I WAS A COMMUNIST FOR THE FBI , and DICK TRACY VS CUEBALL
to run the camera. And we need a supporting cast so heck fire,
let's get Gene Kelly, Lauren Hutton, Red Buttons, Leslie Nielson,
Cameron Mitchell and Dabney Coleman. Stir up all these ingredients
and bake for 90 minutes and you get one hell of cinematic soufflé'
VIVA KNIEVEL a safe as milk lil' mildly fun exercise in "Should-have-been-made-for-TVism".
Like fellow groovy curio KISS MEETS THE PHANTOM OF THE PARK it
only exists to show us that the subject of a propaganda piece
like this is the greatest person in the world. In This film Evel
gives loads of his own toys to orphans (a scene that had us all
drooling like the geeks we are… over the toys ya perv.), Reunites
his alky mechanic (Kelly, who proved he was a real actor in INHERIT
THE WIND, at this point he needed money or just loved to work)
with his long lost son, wins the heart of cynical Hutton. He stops
a bunch of bad guys, saves a few lives, jumps over a pit of fire,
and does everything short of feeding thousands of people with
a single sack of Burger Queen take-out. It should be noted that
Evel wasn't a bad actor by the standards of a lot of performances
we've seen, (And I'm looking right at you Vanity!) but ultimately
Viva Knieval exists as reminder of pre-Lucas pop culture.
See, in 1977 George released a movie that ravaged the land, stomping
and burying all the previously beloved idols of kid-dom: Evel,
The Six Million Dollar Man, the giants of Mego, the Famous Monsters
of Filmland, the titans of Sid and Marty, and the planet of apes
who talk like men. All were crushed under a titanic unstoppable
Jedi hoof. Thank god we have this flick as a reminder that true
giants once roamed the earth. And now he's given us his only begotten
son.......Hope you accept Knievel into your life!!
Discuss this baby.
Black Gestapo Black
Girl From Tobacco Row
Rape Squad Join
The Meateater Do
Dixie Dynamite POW!
Run Stranger Run
Horror House On Hwy 5
Behind Locked Doors It's
Nailgun Massacre Some
Bat Pussy It had to
Thunder Alley It is
Blood Freak A Classic
The Geek Bigfoot Porn
High School Ghosthustlers
Frankenstein Island You
SuperCock Not that kinda
The Alienator Feeling
Angel Midnight Fantasy
Vanity and the Beast
Tim Ritter's $0 budget wonder
Nightmare Prof. Tread
still can't sleep.
Shanty Tramp She is sumpin'
If Footmen Tire You...?
Viva' Knievel Evel of
The Killing Of A Chinese
Bookie! Smart Guy.
The Pink Angels Gayness,
The Burning The 80's,
ahhh the 80's.
Q - The Winged Serpant! Larry
Fight For Your Life!
WARNING Racist content
Walking Tall Buford Pusser
in the Hizouse!
Sleepaway Camp Internet
Born Losers Ya Loser!
Shriek of the Mutilated
Bro. George gets busy.
Bury Me An Angel
Gal Biker and more.
The Grim Reaper Reap
Abby One of William Girdler's
Deadbeat At Dawn A
Sonny Boy Carradine,
Great Hollywood Rape-Slaughter
Savage Weekend. Take
Dead and Buried. A Should-be
Hot Summer In Barefoot
Night Train To Terror
I Drink Your Blood Glug,
Vixen Russ Meyer and breasts!
Truck Stop Women Honnnk
Daddy's Deadly Darling!
Flesh Feast Maggots!
Soapy the Germ Fighter!
Why Doesn't Cathy Eat Breakfast?
Moonshine County Express!
The Night God Screamed!
White Dog Racists Pets!
Hunter's Blood City
Slickers get offed!
Devil Times Five Sean
Terror at the Red Wolf Inn
Headless Eyes See It
World's Greatest Sinner
One of the best!
The Baby! Goo Goo!
Summer Camp Nightmare Viva
Attack of the Beast Creatures
Let's Play Dead Incest
Island of Death Vacation
Evil Come, Evil Go! Bye,
Darktown Strutters Get
Poor Pretty Eddie Deep
Miami Golem Jewish Folklore
Tenement NYC Apartment
To Kill A Clown Alan Alda Vietnam Vet!
The Spook Who Sat Next To
The Door Booya!
I Woke Up Early The Day I
Died Mr. Ed Wood.
The Mutilation Man Andy
Copp goes arty on us!
The People Across The Lake
The Woman Hunt Load Up
The Devil At You Heels
These Are The Damned
Crowhaven Farm TV movie