The Wraith (Special Edition)
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The story is a teenager is murdered by a gang. The gangleader is pretty much a psychopath and him and his gang murdered Jamie, the character who dies and comes back as The Wraith.This was probably motivated by jealousy and a possessiveness of Sherilyn Fenn's character who is not interested in the gangleader at all romantically.
Charlie Sheen's character Jake, previously Jamie in another life, returns to wreak revenge on the gangleader and his gang, who are illegal car racers.The Wraith challenges them with his prototype Interceptor car and one by one the gang end up dead;their cars a wreck. They should each be burned beyond recognition (the only way to identify them through dental records) but strangely enough they are unburnt and their eyes are missing.
The action in this is great, it is one of Sheen's best movies. Standout action scene is where there is a car chase and new cars fall off a semi-trailer onto the road.
The special effects are fabulous where The Wraith disappears. I have seen a lot of special effects in movies and these are one of the most impressive I have ever seen.
Thoroughly recommended for Sheen fans, fans of cars and teenagers.I loved it and I am not a teenager.
The plot is basic: new kid moves to town, and gets interested in a local girl, Keri. The local hot rod gang leader also has an interest in her and decides to protect those interests. Jake, the new guy, finds himself on the other side of death with a new machine and serious axe to grind. The revenge starts with challenges to races, and as the gang dwindles, so the panic increases.
By today's standards, the effects are on the cheesy side, though that does not entirely detract from the movie's charms. The acting is pretty much what you would expect from a fairly low budget movie, though it is certainly not the worst about. Sheen makes a good impression with his portrayal of the Wraith/Jake, with his "boyish charm".
It is a cult classic, and that is what "The Wraith" will probably always be. It appeals to a particular taste, but if you are into unusual films, this could be worth a look. I still enjoy it, a decade and more later. Still a great film to kick back and zone out with.
Featuring a terrific driving musical score from musical legends of the era like Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne and Motley Crue, The Wraith is a movie that epitomizes the old Sicilian mafioso adage that "Revenge is a dish best served cold". But it is also a love story that transcends death with the apparent help of some friendly extraterrestrials that provide the murdered young man with resurrection and some really awesome and deadly hardware. And the most impressive piece of this deadly hardware of course is the superb, jet black Dodge Turbo Interceptor which may be the real star of the show. This was a concept car originally built by Dodge to be used as a pace car on the 1981 Indy Car World Series racing circuit.
The story is set in an area of the US that's had more than its fair share of UFO sightings and the involvement of ETs in the story is alluded to in several different places even though we never see them, unless you look really close and quick. The story revolves around a couple of teenage lovers; Jamie played by Charlie Sheen, and Keri, played by the beautiful Sherilyn Fenn. Unfortunately for them, there is a brutal, psychotic thug gang leader named Packard, who also wants Keri for himself. As psychotic as he is, he really does appear to love Keri in a twisted, possessive way but she certainly doesn't feel the same way about him.Read more ›
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I have not seen this movie in a long time it was great to watch it againPublished 15 days ago by andrea m. frandsen
Probably not the worst movie ever made, but certainly in the club. A nonsensical mishmash of Star Wars, Speed Racer and some sort of ghost story. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Bananaman
The movie showed up quickly, and unharmed. I've been a fan since childhood. So, the "first" viewing was epic!Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
I used to love this movie when I was a kid. Now my son enjoys watching it.Published 28 days ago by Bored Mom of 4