A biker gang called The Devil's Advocates are making their way across the desert living a lifestyle of fun, freedom and brotherhood. This is all well and good until they come across a friendly cult of Satanic monks. Everything starts off well enough, but the bikers don't take too kindly to the monks stealing one of their women to take part in one of their strange rituals. The bikers beat up the monks and desecrate their church before continuing on their merry way, not realising the dark curse which is about to fall on them ...
This movie is a combination of two genres - the outlaw biker film which reached its zenith in the late sixties and early seventies, and the low-budget exploitative horror film, also popular at the time. The problem for horror fans is that its too much of the former and not enough of the latter. When a film is entitled "Werewolves on Wheels", you wouldn't expect to have to wait through two-thirds of the film before the werewolf content really gets going. This is certainly a biker film first and foremost with some very minor supernatural elements inserted. The concept of a werewolf biker gang roving the desert like a pack is a very appealing one, and it's what this movie promises - but at no point does it deliver.
This isn't a badly-made film by any means, and that's part of what makes it all the more disappointing. "Werewolves on Wheels" is a very strange film, and sometimes strange in a good way. Many of the performances are strong and there are some interesting artistic choices, although there is an awful lot of pseudo-philosophical hippy mumbo jumbo going on as well. There are lots of very naturalistic scenes of bikers doing ... well, biker stuff, which the average viewer might find quite dull. It's a shame. There could certainly have been a very enjoyable B-movie here had some different choices been made in terms of plot.
Perhaps fans of outlaw biker films might find something to enjoy here, but for the horror fan there is really very little to sink your teeth into.
There is very little werewolf content in this film until the final ten minutes or so. Even then the mythology is not given a proper exploration. Apparently Satanists have the power to turn people into werewolves, and that's about all that this movie will teach you on the subject.
The werewolf makeup is about average for the era, although it is not given nearly enough screen time, which is a shame.