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The Cars That Eat People (1974)

The Cars That Ate Paris (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Horror | 11 June 1976 (USA)
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 <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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In Paris, the traffic is murder. See more »


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Release Date:

11 June 1976 (USA)  »

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The Cars That Eat People  »

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The opening scenes that feature a couple driving in a car and smoking prominently displaying cigarettes were a parody of a commercial aired on Australian television at the time of the film's original release. Website 'Peterweircave' says of this: "The opening "advertisement", which many viewers seem to take as blatant product placement for Coke and Alpine cigarettes, was actually a spoof in itself. At the time it was made, movies in Australia were often preceded by ads for cigarettes and such. By putting this before the opening credits, Weir was fooling the viewers into thinking this was yet another ad." See more »


When George pays for his petrol he uses paper money that is obviously not Australian. See more »


Arthur Waldo: I can drive!
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Featured in True Love and Chaos (1997) See more »


Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
Played at the church
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Sublimely weird horror comedy
13 September 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

A camp horror classic and Weir's feature debut. It's smart, gross, cheeky, macabre and just great.

Don't watch it if you think low budget is the same as being 'amateurish' because it's not. And if you're not used to Australian English, well, try not to panic. Doesn't matter if you don't get every word - just go with it!

This is the kind of film you don't see much any more, perhaps a product of its era. They weren't thinking much about marketing or target demographics - these filmmakers were just having a lot of fun, experimenting and coming up with something unique. Genre crossing, challenging and freaky, it also taps into some big themes about Australian identity and paranoia.

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