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The Wraith 1986

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Jake is killed by neighborhood thugs, and returns as a mystical figure (The Wraith) to gain revenge. Starring Charlie Sheen and Randy Quaid.

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Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes
Runtime:
1 hour, 32 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Science Fiction, Thriller, Romance, Action, Horror
Director Mike Marvin
Starring Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes
Supporting actors Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Matthew Barry, David Sherrill, Jamie Bozian, Clint Howard, Griffin O'Neal, Chris Nash, Vickie Benson, Peder Melhuse, Jeffrey Sudzin, Michael Hungerford, Steven Eckholdt, Elizabeth Cox, Richard Alexander, Christopher Bradley, Joan H. Reynolds, Anthony Auriemma
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: VHS Tape
This is an excellent movie. I just recently saw this on cable and it reminded me of the fact.Charlie Sheen really is an excellent actor and the female lead in this, Sherilyn Fenn is a pretty, talented and appealing actress.I can't say good enough things about Sheen and Fenn. One thing I didn't like about this film was that you don't see a lot of Sheen in this even though he is the lead actor.
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.
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Format: DVD
I once watched this 5 times in one day. I was young and stupid....not to mention really bored at the time. Luckily, it was a pretty good movie, so it was not such a chore to get through.

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.
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THE WRAITH is one of those films that definitely cannot deny its 80s heritage. With a soundtrack laden with 80s greats like Bonnie Tyler, Ozzie Osbourne and Robert Palmer among others, the movie is a homage to those delightfully corny times. And the hairdos...Clint Howard's pompadour, Nick Cassavettes "bad guy" look; the punk look of Skank, and of course Charlie Sheen's nice guy fluff. Not to mention the divine Sherilyn Fenn in her pre-Twin Peaks day. The movie opens with something coming from outer space that morphs into a hot car and a costumed driver. We learn that a gang of punks (led by the irrepressibly vile Nick Cassavettes) have murdered a young man who was messing around with Nick's honey (Fenn). Soon the guys are picked off one by one by the mysterious driver in the souped up car and Sheriff Randy Quaid sets out to find out who this mysterious stranger is. Viewers will figure it out pretty quickly, but THE WRAITH is an entertaining movie, with little unpredictable twists, but the sense of poetic justice is satisfied and that 80s soundtrack is pretty exciting.
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A great film in my opinion. This was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up; it has everything a kid would love: a killer car and a killer gorgeous babe. I would not consider this film to be a "B rated" film It is not a high end polished film, and is somewhat of a budget movie. However, for what this film was meant to be, it is good. Now that I am older, I mainly re-watch this film to see the main actress and her interaction with the protagonist played by Charlie Sheen; I don't really watch it for much else beyond that at this point, as the film is fairly dated in terms of the cars that are in it. Overall, the writing of the movie's script is pretty good, and the acting is overall good too. Most of the film's actors have had successful long term Hollywood careers, which is noteworthy. This is a simple story, that was ultimately copied in the movie "The Crow." The plot of the story is this: The protagonist was killed by a guy that was jealous of the protagonist's relationship with the girl that he wanted. The protagonist comes back to like in another, yet similar looking body, to avenge his death in a killer sports car, and to reconnect with the girl that he loves. This movie also has a good soundtrack. Sherilyn Fenn, the film's main actress, looks absolutely stunning in this movie: the kind of girl that dreams are made of, and she is reason enough to watch the movie.
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