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It's a "van movie," Meaning it exists solely because custom vans were a fad for a while there. Carpeted interiors, 70's-style lounge furniture for drinking and doin' DRUGS on, beds (for SEX!) - the vans back then were pretty cool, actually. Sigh.
See? Right there - this stuff speaks to you on a very primal level. The theme song sings our souls: "I don't mind I'm not a wealthy man/ coz I'd rather be ridin' high in my Supervan..." SUPERVAN splices late-70's custom-van culture into the teen-sex-comedy template and the result is pure crap. But crap with charm! The time-capsule aspect alone is worth the price of admission, and the showcasing of a multitude of too-sweet rides is another one in the plus column.
The comedy is bad. BAD. Cringeworthy to an "I'm not even mad - that's amazing" extent. The van full of gay men, JEEsus GOHD! don't get the opportunity to camp up the movie nearly enough, and there are a few characters that give one the feeling that their scenes were cut. Yes, their scenes were terrible, but I wanted to see what kind of hijinx an oversexed blonde-maybe-hooker can get up to at a Van-in. I want to KNOW! I might even have traded a shot of the gay men running in terror from the horny farmer's daughters for it. No I wouldn't.
I haven't even mentioned the futuristic title beast, Vandora. Look at the box cover, you get the idea. Watch it and think of how uncomfortable this thing would be to drive - hunching over to avoid the slope of the windshield, that 1st-generation-Nintendo-controller-sized steering "wheel"...Read more ›
After the execrable opening theme song ("I'd rather be ridin' high in my Supervan!") Clint runs afoul of some very lame bikers over the affections of Karen Trenton (Katie Saylor,) while for some reason his van and one of the biker's bikes are crushed in a rogue car crushing machine. (I'm not clear on how exactly that happened, but now that I think about it, I don't care.) There's lots of jaw-droppingly bad dialogue ("They say a pirate's spirit never dies...") and extraordinarily bad acting. Luckily Clint knows an MIT-educated genius, Boseley (Tom Kindle,) who designs him a solar-powered supervan named "Vandora," actually designed by the king of car customizers George Barris. Barris, who made the original Batmobile and worked on shows such as "The Munsters," "My Mother the Car," and "Knight Rider," also appears as himself here as the chief judge of Freakout.Read more ›
Made at the pinnacle of the tiresomely simple 1970's van culture craze, this low-budget action flick follows custom van driver Clint Morgan (Mark Schneider) in his dumb van.
The production values are low and the story flavorless, even the hokey action scenes aren't original enough to be amusing on any level.
However, its low-budget custom van culture camp, generic humor and (thankfully) short running time save the film as an unintentional 70's comedic piece.
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Major disappointment was expecting more but turned out cheesy I wouldn't recommend for anybodyPublished 5 months ago by Randy Harmon
I have always been into custom vans and this movie brought back some great memories from that time in my life. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone into vans.Published on November 18, 2013 by Gregory M Scalzo
This is probably the greatest movie about a super advanced van ever made. Just look at that cover art and tell me you disagree. I dare you.Published on November 5, 2013 by John Spence
it was a good movie i had seen it at a drivein back in the seventies it was cheesie then but i still liked itPublished on July 29, 2012 by b w
I thought this was a good B-Movie. The picture is not all that great at times. And folks there is a plot to this
movie. Read more