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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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"The Car" was specially built for this film by renowned automotive designer George Barris who had built many special vehicles for the film and TV industry including the Batmobile for Batman (1966). Publicity for the picture stated that Barris had built cars for such celebrities as Cher, Sonny Bono, Liberace, Clark Gable, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Evel Knievel. See more »

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When the Sheriff first talks to the abused wife Bertha at the police station, her bruises change from one scene to the next. See more »

Quotes

Amos Clements: [complaining about Morris' french horn] And if I hear another sound out of that thing, I'll ram it so far up your ass, you'll be farting music for a year.
John Morris: [thoughtfully considering the idea] Wouldn't that be fantastic? Farting music. For a year!
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Dies Irae, Dies Illa
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The Devil Passed His Driver's Test!
4 January 2000 | by (Venice Beach, CA.) – See all my reviews

What a flick. I just bought the widescreen edition and watched it to celebrate the new century. Let me briefly list a few of its many strong points, most of which are essential to the success of the 1970s "Killer Object/Animal" horror subgenre:

1. Colorful small-town (desert, Southwest-y) flavor. A parade or similar celebration (rodeo, picnic) should occur. 2. Quirky dialogue. 3. John Marley acting beligerent. 4. A Panicked Crowd Scene, with folks dashing for their lives as the demonic beast/machine/inanimate object heads their way. 5. A smart-alleck hippie who meets a horrible end.

Seriously, though-- this film isn't "scary" in the traditional sense, but its true power lies when you really start thinking about the car itself. Where did it come from? Is the Devil driving? And is it plaguing our major characters because of their sins? (i.e. Ronny Cox as an alcoholic falling off the wagon, James Brolin as a single parent trying to keep his daughters happy as he dates sexy Kathleen Lloyd.) What I'm saying is at its heart, this is a creepy, unsettling film with some really strange philosophical/religious questions at its core. And how many horror films can claim that? A solid 7/10.


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