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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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Jan / Jan Claussen
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Lieutenant Haller
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Lynn Bernheimer
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Mr. Frisch
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Ray Jeffries
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Mr. Blanchard
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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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Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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25 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Autoroute pour la mort  »

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Trivia

Shelley Hack's TV debut. See more »

Goofs

During every freeway chase/attack scene, the involved vehicles constantly appear in different lanes with different vehicles surrounding them in each shot, especially when the killer and victim are both traveling in the far left lane - interior close-ups always show them suddenly in the center or right lane with new backgrounds. See more »

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Great little TV movie about a crazed car killer
9 March 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DEATH CAR ON THE FREEWAY is one of those atmospheric US TV movies that were made throughout the 1970s and seemed to fizzle out around 1985 or so, when all TV films became safe, sanitised and terminally dull. Still, that's not the case with this film, which is a great little exercise in suspense as it tells the story of a crazed van driver who enjoys killing women drivers in car accidents.

The film is low budget, sure, but it's a lot of fun and it contains all the right elements for a good thriller. The murderer is a spooky, Michael Myers-alike who we never really get to know or understand, which makes his actions all the creepier. The sound of a fiddle has never been so sinister as it is here.

The film was directed by Hal Needham, a noted stuntman, so needless to say the car chase scenes are exemplary, with some pyrotechnic effects that beat the hell out of modern-day CGI ones. The intriguing cast list incorporates George Hamilton, Peter Graves, and Frank Gorshin, and there's a neat cameo from Sid Haig too. Shelley Hack is a likable heroine, fighting sexism in the workplace while tracking down the maniac. No, there's nothing to dislike about this film whatsoever...


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