A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil.

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Near the small desert town of Santa Ynez, a mysterious black car runs down two teenage bicyclers en route to camp, then it hit-and-runs a hitchhiker with local Amos Clements as witness. Sheriff Everett puts his men on alert and plants road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer, but soon he himself falls victim to the car. Sheriff Wade Parent leads the hunt for the vehicle that threatens their town and seems impossible to locate. When his beloved girlfriend, teacher Lauren Humphries, challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home. Wade realizes he might be dealing with supernatural powers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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Trivia

In order to give "the car" a "sinister" look as requested by director Elliot Silverstein, car customizer George Barris made the car's roof three inches (7.6 cm) lower than usual and altered its side fenders that same length again both higher and longer. See more »

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During the scene where the car is terrorizing the school band practice, a group of cowboys try to distract it. One of them gets knocked off his horse and when we see him fall you will notice that the frame is actually upside-down. See more »

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Wade Parent: Whatever happened to last Thursday? I had it made last Thursday.
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Referenced in MacGyver: Silent World (1986) See more »

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I give it a 10
29 October 2000 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

not because I think it is a perfect movie, but because of all the people who have severely underrated this movie. This is a very well crafted movie. No, its not the best acted movie, but for this type of movie, it is. You have to look at these movies in a relative manner. Its a movie about a mysterious car that goes around wreaking havoc. That is the story. A ridiculous premise but the makers pull it off. No small feat. The actors do a good job and I really enjoyed the direction, especially the long shots out in the desert. See this in widescreen, if possible. It adds a lot to the feel of the movie. James Brolin is very good as the hero and there are a lot of memorable scenes. No, its not a 10. More like an 8.5, but its far better than a 5 average.


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