The first is Brooklyn based writer-director Eric Rivas' love of the older movie. His 2012 film Lost in Coney Island was even more directly related to Walter Hill's flick, telling the story of a director whose plans to remake The Warriors are thrown off-course by a bus crash.
The second is the fact that part of Vamp Bikers was shot in Coney Island, a location used extensively for the 1979 film. And the third is the fact that three actors who appeared in the Hill film - Brian Tyler (Snow), Dorsey Wright (Cleon)and Apache Ramos (one of the orphans) - can also be seen in Rivas' latest.
The film debuts Wednesday, November 27th, at the Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. Speaking recently to a reporter for The Brooklyn Eagle, Rivas noted a major modern day irony for one of his three Warriors alums:
"Wright was in two movies, Hair and The Warriors, but never made another film – that’s why I gave him a major part. It’s ironic, because The Warriors takes place on the subway, that he’s now working for the MTA, but he still does voice-overs. I call him 'the African-American Marlon Brando.'"
Set in the future, Vamp Bikers details the chaos that erupts when a group of Vampires move into an abandoned factory in a town run by Bikers. Among the media lined up for next week's NYC premiere is a major biker magazine.