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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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Mystery | Thriller

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25 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Autoroute pour la mort  »

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Action & Suspense Classic
29 May 2004 | by (Virginia Beach, Virginia) – See all my reviews

I was always impressed by this film's use of action and suspense. We see the killer's actions, but we don't know why he's going after these Women.

We feel the helplessness of the victim's and the powerlessness of the police to do anything. This is not just another car chase/crash movie. There's Hitchcock like suspense and action that helps the story line, not muddle it into an idiot film like most car chase flicks.

I sure miss this movie and I wish there were plans to put it on video soon. A good film like this needs to be viewed often because it also has a sobering socio-political message to it.

It is also a pity that such outstanding film making has passed away. Too many TV and theatrical film makers are making boring hyper violent films that make no sense and give us car chases and crashes that have no real visual impact other than mindless destruction and sheer stupidity.


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