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"Oh great brothers of the night who rideth upon the hot winds of hell, who dwelleth in the Devil's lair; move and appear." These words are heard quoted from The Satanic Bible by none other than creative consultant and Church of Satan leader Anton Lavey to set the mood for the 1977 supernatural road thriller The Car.
Director Elliot Silverstein never reaches the suspense or perspicacious intensity that Spielberg mastered in Duel and doesn't deliver the excessive thrills and excitement of Roger Corman's Death Race 2000, but The Car some how manages to offer enough impressive stunts, eccentric characters and stylish atmosphere to succeed as a moderately entertaining 98 minutes of vehicular mayhem.
In The Car, James Brolin mustered enough charisma to channel a poor man's Roy Scheider as Chief Deputy Wade Parent—leading the crusade against the demonic death machine with the assistance of his deputy Luke Johnson, played by Ronny Cox. »
- Sean McClannahan
In the wake of the massive hit that was Jaws (1975), studios were foaming at the mouth to replicate its success. Of course, their idea was to take everything that they thought made Jaws a winner and put it in a different setting. Here’s a few that were cranked out by the dream machine: Jaws on Land (Grizzly), Micro-Jaws (Piranha), Jaws, Back to the Water (Orca), Jaws, Back to the Water Again, with Feeling (Jaws II) , and our flick du jour, the little engine that could, Jaws on Wheels – The Car (1977) .
In actuality, Steven Spielberg made Jaws on Wheels before he made Jaws, with the relentless cat and mousecapades of Duel (1971). However, this was 1977 and it was time for an upgrade. Released by Universal in May, The Car was (naturally) laughed off the screen by the critics, and why wouldn’t it be? A demonic vehicle terrorizing a »
- Scott Drebit
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