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"The Car" is so extravangantly cheesy as to be almost surreal. To really understand the greatness of "The Car," one must compare it to John Carpenter's "Christine," another haunted car film based on one of Stephen King's weakest novels. I've seen "Christine" once and really don't care to view it again. I've seen "The Car" many times and will watch it every chance I get.
Accurately noted by several reviewers, "The Car" is really "Jaws" on land. This souped up automobile is a sleek black Lincoln possessing a fog horn and a bumper the size of Wilford Brimley's mustache. It runs over bikers, hitchhikers and tuba players with hungry ease, tormenting the local yokel police force with demonic glee. The cast is the key here, with small town policemen James Brolin, John Marley and Ronnie Cox joining forces with dynamite expert R.G. Armstrong to corner The Car and blow it kingdom come. These actors have been around the block a few times in films far better than "The Car," but their experienced presence adds a note (albeit a small one) of respectability to the precedings.
But before this salty crew goes after the metallic Beezlebub beast, The Car must terrorize a high school band, Brolin's hometown squeeze Kathleen Lloyd (whatever happened to her?) and several unlucky travelers in the wrong place at the wrong time. Needless-to-say, car insurance companies were left mightily frustrated after The Car paid a visit to Santa Ynaz.Read more ›
Great cinematography, superb score and another EXCELLENT car designed by the George Barris, King of the Customizers and the man who brought you the General Lee, the 60's Batmobile, the Munsters car and Starsky and Hutch's Torino.
Because the photographer makes full use of the 2:35 widescreen in all shots, this one is a must for widescreen - don't settle for the fullframe copies that are circulating or you will definately miss one of the most redeeming aspects of this film!!
Only mistake I saw was that they really should've given a bigger part to the Native American Deputy as there was alot he could have added to the story.
The sound of The Car when the motors running and the horn honking terror seal the deal on this well made flick. Get it on DVD now........
Classic moments include the CAR struggling unable to cross onto "hallowed ground" to get it's victims and the ultimate fate of the Satan's ride.
Futurama satirises "The Car" and "The Howling" in an episode called "The Honking." The made-for-TV Herbie remake with Bruce Campbell has a "Car" homage with an evil VW beetle made by Nazis.
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Damned good action flick. Pristine video and audio... SOME have called it
CHRISTINE with a better car. I agree with whomever said it's like JAWS...
without the fish.
Saw this back in the day glad to find it again!!! Like to see it Pime!! (hint,hint)!Published 8 days ago by jeff
This movie is awesome and will leave you on the edge of your seat. It is definitely an oldie but goodie.Published 18 days ago by Andrea
It is nice every once in a while to watch a bad movie that you actually liked many years ago. It reminds you of how starved we were for any kind of tv entertainment back when there... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Scott K. Miller
I was able to appear in this movie as a kid, with my brothers, when it was filmed in St. George Ut. Thats why it gets 5 stars, the level of actors was amazing :-)Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
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