From The Grindhouse Cinema Database
Biker themed exploitation genre films. The roots of the biker genre began in 1954 with The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando. This was a Hollywood production and was a major hit among audiences. It introduced us to the bike riding rebel, which appealed so much to the alienated youth of the 1950's. Years later in the late 1960s, Biker films were made incredibly popular by low budget directors like Roger Corman who pulled in drive in and grindhouse audiences with his own biker classic starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra called The Wild Angels (1966). Corman saw biker films as modern day westerns and with the decline of American Western films in the late 60s, Corman capitalized on the idea.