The Cars That Eat People (1974)
"The Cars That Ate Paris" (original title)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Horror, Mystery  |  June 1976 (USA)
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The small town of Paris, Australia deliberately causes car accidents, then sells/salvages all valuables from the wrecks as a means of economy.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Mayor
Arthur Waldo
Kevin Miles ...
Dr. Midland
Rick Scully ...
George Waldo
Max Gillies ...
Danny Adcock ...
Kevin Golsby ...
Insurance man
Peter Armstrong ...
Joe Burrow ...
Deryck Barnes ...
Al Smedley
Edward Howell ...
Max Phipps ...


A small town in rural Australia (Paris) makes its living by causing car accidents and salvaging any valuables from the wrecks. Into this town come brothers Arthur and George. George is killed when the Parisians cause their car to crash, but Arthur survives and is brought into the community as an orderly at the hospital. But Paris is not problem free. Not only do the Parisians have to be careful of outsiders (such as insurance investigators), but they also have to cope with the young people of the town who are dissatisfied with the status quo. Written by Mark Thompson <>

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Release Date:

June 1976 (USA)  »

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The Cars That Eat People  »

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In April 1974, Australian Distributor Roadshow Film Distributors offered to distribute this film after the picture had failed to find a distributor. In May 1974, after a successful campaign at the Cannes Film Festival, Roadshow pulled-put of distributing this movie. See more »


At the end of the movie (when the people leave the village) you can see a green Austin A30 Van. The same car is crashed earlier by a car trying to jump over the Austin using a ramp. The whole front is crushed so there is no way it can be repaired. See more »


Arthur Waldo: I can drive!
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Quirky, dark film surprises
6 June 2012 | by (Wellington, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is a well made, at times bleak, dark and funny film - you never quite know what to expect. This is no more obvious than with the start of the film which commences with what appears to be a sexed up cigarette commercial (the kind that would have invariably preceded the film when it was in cinemas) featuring a hot couple blasting about in their convertible. This all ends very, suddenly and very badly and decades later Tarantino would steal/borrow the same device and make it the pivotal moment in Deathproof...

The film drifts along introducing you to a fairly bizarre town called Paris in the Australian countryside and there is a lot of brooding and suspense but it doesn't really build because you never know quite what is what or what will come next.

The film terminates with a fantastic scene of violence that I will not reveal in any detail here. It really, really appealed to my sense of humor and I hope it does yours - if you take the time to see it.

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