For the episode, see MST3K 209 - The Hellcats.

The Hellcats is a 1968 biker/crime film directed by Robert F. Slatzer, who also co-wrote and co-starred.


A motorcycle gang called the Hellcats buries their deceased leader Big Daddy while being watched from a distance by police officers and mafia members. The mob had used the Hellcats to move narcotics from Mexico into California. Unbeknownst to the gang, the mob had Big Daddy killed when it was discovered that he was an informant for the police. They also kill the investigating detective.

The murdered detective's brother Monte, a sergeant in the United States Army, returns from active duty and learns of his brother's death. The murdered detective's fiancée Linda and Monte read about the Hellcats in Dave's notes and decide to get revenge. Posing as a biker couple, they meet the Hellcats at a dive bar called the Moonfire Inn. Monte has difficulty getting respect from the gang's new leader Snake, but his gruff, defensive attitude seems to impress Sheila. She is the driving force of the Hellcats and their contact with the mob. Monte and Linda attend a party where the Hellcats drink heavily, looking for chances to gather information. One of the mobsters arrives with orders for Sheila. When he turns aggressive after being rejected by Sheila, Monte comes to her rescue and manages to get a look at the note with Sheila's orders, learning that the drugs originate in Mexico.

The gang takes the party to the country, where they continue to drink, dance, and take drugs. A rival gang arrives and their leader challenges Snake to a bike race which devolves into a brawl. After Monte stops the brawl, the Hellcats question his toughness. To stay in their good graces, he accepts a test of endurance with Snake. Each man is tied by his feet to an all-terrain vehicle while he holds onto a bar tied to another ATV. Both riders engage their engines and the man must last at least fifteen seconds being pulled between the two. Snake loses, and Monte gains the respect of the gang and has sex with Sheila. Linda retreats to the main party area and is offered heroin by one of the Hellcats. With evidence of the Hellcats' drug-running, Linda accepts an invitation from Sheila to join her on her ride to pick up more drugs from their supplier.

Sheila and Linda collect the drugs from their supplier, hiding the stash in a motorcycle that is impounded by the police after an accident. Sheila reports the news to her mob contact, who demands the Hellcats retrieve the drugs. The plan fails, and Sheila, Linda, and Monte all converge at the mob headquarters. They are all subdued and tied up.

Sheila escapes and calls the other Hellcats for help. The mobsters take Linda and Monte to the docks, where they are thrown into a garbage barge to die. The Hellcats arrive, fight the mobsters, and free Monte and Linda as the police arrive.

With the situation resolved, Monte and Linda go their separate ways.


  • Ross Hagen as Monte
  • Dee Duffy as Linda
  • Sharyn Kinzie as Sheila
  • Robert F. Slatzer as Mr. Adrian
  • Sonny West as Snake
  • Tony Lorea as Six Pack
  • Eric Lidberg as Hiney
  • Bro Beck as Detective Chapman
  • Shannon Summers as Rita
  • Gus Trikonis as Scorpio
  • Tom Hanson as Moongoose
  • Anthony Cardoza as Artist


  • Some of the music was provided by Davy Jones and the Dolphins. [1] This is not the same Davy Jones from The Monkees.
  • The producer of this film was Tony Cardoza, long-time collaborator of Coleman Francis. This was Cardoza's first film after parting ways with Francis. It was originally a story about a lesbian biker gang but Cardoza had it re-written.
  • Cardoza bragged the film made $12 million in the days of $1.50 movie tickets.

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