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Death Car on the Freeway (1979)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 25 September 1979
A unknown, psychotic driver uses his van to kill unsuspecting female drivers on the freeway.

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A woman is badly shaken when she is run off the freeway and nearly killed by a crazy van-driver. Her story is not taken too seriously by TV or the police - until another woman is killed in similar circumstances, also by a dark van. The police seem to have no leads, so a TV reporter starts investigating the similarities between the cases. As the deaths mount, she takes hazard-driving lessons. When she finally locates the driver's whereabouts, he's missing, but chases her onto the freeway... Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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He Kills With a Van. Beautiful Women Are His Victims. Until One Meets Him Head On!

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25 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Autoroute pour la mort  »

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The TV equivalent of a drive-in version of "Duel," and okay for what it is.
6 January 2003 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

With Hal Needham behind the camera and Shelley Hack - one of the last of "Charlie's Angels" - in the main role, you've probably guessed that "Death Car on the Freeway" won't be of Spielberg standards. It isn't, but I remember getting some low-brow entertainment out of this TV movie way back when.

Women drivers are being run off the road and killed by a strange man who a TV reporter (S. Hack) dubs the "Freeway Fiddler" because he always plays fiddle music before going into action; she can't finger the misogynist van driver (and indeed we never see the driver, but the resemblance between this and "Duel" pretty much ends there) but she plots to catch him before he can continue his reign of terror. The result: It's (wo)man vs. machine in a race to the death.

Writer William Wood and director Needham don't deliver a great feminist tract, nor is this an actors' showcase; but they do keep the automotive action coming, and it's not a message TV movie by any means. It's basically a pulp novel on the screen, and it's not bad - something that certainly can't be said for some of the director's bigscreen movies ("Megaforce," anyone)?


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