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The Car (1977)

PG  |   |  Action, Horror, Mystery  |  13 May 1977 (USA)
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A sleek, possessed black car terrorizes everyone it comes in contact with in a small town in Utah.

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While traveling through the desert nearby the small town of Santa Ynez on their bicycles to camp, two teenage bicyclers are murdered by a mysterious black car. Then the car hit-and-run a hitchhiker and the crime is witnessed by the local Amos Clements. Sheriff Everett puts his men in alert and plans road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer. Sooner he becomes a victim of the car and Sheriff Wade Parent begins a hunting of the vehicle that is threatening his town and seems to be impossible to be located. When his beloved girlfriend and teacher Lauren challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home and Wade realizes that he might be dealing with supernatural powers. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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Wade gains a pair of gloves when he is climbing the rope in the canyon. See more »

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Wade Parent: Yeah... yeah, ten years of giving out traffic tickets, and all this in one day!
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Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: I. 'Morning'
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28 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Car is a good example of how restraint in the horror genre can work. It honors the tradition of real suspense movies by hinting at more than it shows, and inferring more than it explains. From the cryptic opening quote by Anton Le Vey to the ending in which the two main characters disagree on whether this is really the end, this "demon car" film keeps asking more questions than it answers. For some, this will bring frustration, for others, it makes the movie that much more fascinating. The "body count" is a total of 10 people, with no explicit scenes. And there are no "anonymous" killings. Each victim is named and acknowledged as a real human being and a loss. This is a refreshing departure from gore-fests. I'd rate it a 7 1/2.


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