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Written by Jay Creepy   
Monday, 19 November 2012
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AKA: Desert Warrior, Die Solo-Kampfmaschine, Fuego, Guerreiros do Deserto, Les guerriers du future, Les roues de feu, Ruedas de fuego, Vindicator

Directed by: Cirio H. Santiago
Written by: Frederick Bailey
Produced by: Cirio H. Santiago, Armida Reynolds
Cinematography by: Ricardo Remias
Editing by: Gervacio Santos
Music by: Christopher Young
Special Effects by: Jesse St Dominic, Cecilly Braun
Cast: Gary Watkins, Laura Banks, Lynda Wiesmeier, Gary Taylor, Joe Mari Avellana
Year: 1985
Country: USA/Philippines
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 1h 21min

Distributor:
Medusa Home Video

Blooming post apocalypse movies -- I’ve always had a love for films like this ever since I watched "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" upon its release in the 80’s and tried to look like Max.  You see, I don’t mean things like "Planet of the Apes" or "Day of the Triffids," I mean dirty low down dust bowl films like "2019: After The Fall of New York," or "Rats: Nights of Terror."  I mean "Threads," "The Omega Man," or for a more modern feel, "The Road" and "The Book of Eli."  What I really love are the wasteland movies.  Big cars all ratted out with gangs or mutants ("Mad Max 2," "Spacehunter:  Adventures in the Forbidden Zone," "Metalstorm").  Whilst hunting out such beauties you do find some wasteland flicks which are just, well they’re just waste!

With that in mind, welcome to the post apocalypse world and welcome to
"Wheels of Fire." It has used "The Road Warrior" as its hero and blueprint.  In fact it has everything that the previous George Miller film has except for imagination and quality.

We meet Trace (Gary Watkins) who dresses like Wolff from "Spacehunter" crossed with, yes Max and also has a car like Max.  One difference is he has a sister called Arlie played by Playboy model Lynda Wiesmeier (incidently she was also in the original "Teen Wolf" but not as a main character).  They are part of a wasteland sand and mountain settlement where the small population pass the time gambling on fights with steel pipes.  Trace manages to humiliate some bloke who looks like an early version of Machete and soon we are treated to car chases down the dusty roads in ratted out vehicles.  Every shot screams rip off to the point that it stops being funny.  Trace guns his Intercep….. I mean his car and starts running the others off the road.  Arlie has a ridiculous habit of laughing every five minutes as toy cars are blown up here and there.

They suddenly see a big gang of leather clad warriors lead by a brute called Scourge getting closer.  Trace and Arlie split and drive off different directions as the big gang of eighties looking wrestlers and gimps give chase.  “We got ‘im where we want ‘im!  Asshole!” says one of them when suddenly Trace is there with a flamethrower.  Tons of burning stuntmen run around in circles crying.  However the numbers grow and they all have machine guns.  Not to worry because unlike them, Trace never misses with his gun and he really loves his flamethrower.

Arlie is caught by the gang.  Soon her breasts are exposed as the men fight her to the ground.  For her age her breasts are worryingly saggy and large.  Soon she’s cuffed to the bonnet of a car topless and screaming.  Lynda Wiesmeier spends most of her time from this moment topless.  “Let me go you miserable faggot!” she screams at Scourge back at the bad guy camp.

Of course we then have more gunshots and more motorbike stunts as Trace takes the whole gang to war.  He’s not alone either he’s teamed up with Stinger (Laura Banks) who has a pet hawk.  The two of them also rescue a woman from a race of underworld Andy Warhol lookalikes with white faces -- they’re called Sandmen.  This girl is a telepath.

If we compare this film to another low budget post apocalypse epic like "Rats: Nights of Terror," where "Rats" wins out is it’s watchable and when the story falters the action is striking and not too forced.  It’s jaw dropping in its badness but at least it tries to be original in its badness.  Plus its ending is simply outrageous. 
"Wheels of Fire" is hard to explain if you haven’t seen it as to how it feels as a movie.  It quite simply poses and smiles.  The story is what it is, no shocks or anything and the characters don’t try to be anything beyond a basic description in the script, other than being really cocky!  It’s one scene after another of action and cornball clichés.  Oh my god, they even chuck in a comedy relief midget called Mud or Pug, and a town of peaceful folk building a “rocket ship” to find another planet somewhere.

We noticed there’s a bad guy who looks a bit like Chuck Norris who never seems to have a microphone near enough when he speaks, sounding instead like Randy Savage (RIP) chatting away in a tunnel.  Meanwhile Scourge’s gang kills some people and capture Trace.

Out of nowhere it seems there’s an army called The Ownership with cannons, launchers and flying stuntmen.  There’s more excuses for Arlie to reveal her flopping chest and we’re actually robbed of a battle between Trace and Scourge due to a truly anticlimactic death scene.

We really wanted it to end about a third of a way through but we stuck it to warn you all of this apocalypse.  Arm yourselves and be ready to beat this film back from your home.  Speaking of which, it can only find its way into your home via video tape or late night TV since it has never had a DVD release and hopefully it isn’t prime for a rediscovery (there’s a skater DVD with the same name).  Medusa Home Video released it a long time ago in the UK with a totally "Mad Max 2" cover to the smallest detail that Gary Watkins has gained a lot of muscle for the artwork and there’s a truck below him that I don’t think even appeared in the flick.

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Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

Wheels of Fire Medusa Home Video VHS screenshot on Severed Cinema

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