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The Car (1977)

PG  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  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

The main theme in the movie was a reworked version of the traditional Catholic "Dies Irae" - part of the Requiem Mass. Berlioz used this theme in the 5th movement of his "Symphonie Fantastique." Many other classical composers use this melody which was very well known to audiences up until the C20th. See more »

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The dispatcher says the car has been spotted heading "north on Interstate 12". Even-numbered Interstate highways run east-west, and Interstate 12 is entirely within the state of Louisiana, running along the north side of Lake Ponchartrain. See more »

Quotes

Everett: Are you gonna stand there philosophizing, or are you gonna buy me a drink? You're not smart enough to do both.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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Dies Irae, Dies Illa
Traditional, thought to be written by Thomas of Celano
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WARNING!!-Please ignore all reviews on IMDb-Just watch the film and judge for yourself.
11 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If it wasn't for the fact that this site is a great reference point...I would just give up ever consulting IMDb again. 'The Car' is an exquisite, dark, modern B-Movie CLASSIC. The consensus of people that would rather give 2007's 'Transformers' a virtual 8/10 and this absolute peach a mere 5 has just about done it for me. I just give up. Honestly...I advise anyone with a half gram of sense to do the same. Does this review system actually represent the mainstream of movie goers? Or is it merely indicative of the moronic, populist, dumbed-down tripe that marks "great CGI" and "All-Star Casts". I'm beginning to feel more and more that its the latter. Increasingly, it seems there is a stockade consisting of all celebrity line-ups and patchy plots repaired by Mac Monkey Special effects, that effectively provide a barrier between us (the viewer) and any real talent.


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