Knightriders | Chicago Reader


George Romero's 1981 attempt to escape his own curse of the Living Dead is a romantic fantasy, centered on a group of itinerant stunt bike riders who think of themselves as King Arthur and his court. They replay the legend, with the Sir Lancelot figure (Gary Lahti) stealing Guinevere (Amy Ingersoll) away from the gallant, doomed king (Ed Harris). Romero seems to be trying to cultivate some positive values to play against the rampaging misanthropy of the Dead movies, but this film, too, hangs on a fierce rejection of contemporary American society, and ultimately its romantic vision is far from a happy one. At two hours and 26 minutes, it's a little wearying; it falls into that uncomfortable category of excessively personal works.

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