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Jamie, killed by neighborhood thugs, returns as a mystical figure named Jake (The Wraith) to gain revenge.

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Rughead
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Oggie
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Minty
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Waitress
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Storyline

Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not - the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard's criminal gang. Written by KGF Vissers

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An evil force took his life... Now an unearthly power has brought him back. See more »


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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This film contains recognizable elements from a clutch of other popular films: lights flying along lonely roadways and up into the night sky (1977's Close Encounters of the Third Kind), heavy, mechanical breathing from a lone menacing figure dressed in an all-black body suit (Darth Vador in 1977's Star Wars), road pirates terrorizing a wasteland territory in their modified cars (1981's The Road Warrior), waving a handkerchief between two cars to start a two-car road race (1955's Rebel Without a Cause) and a dark car from Hell (1977's The Car). "I don't know, but whoever he was, he's weird and pissed off!" is a strikingly similar line to one spoken in John Carpenter's The Thing in 1982. See more »

Goofs

When Rughead steps in front of Oggy's car and the Turbo to set off Oggy's race, Oggy's side mirror shows him wearing his helmet. In the next shot when he is shaking hands with Skank he is wearing no helmet but his sunglasses instead. See more »

Quotes

Keri Johnson: [after The Wraith has transformed into Jake] Jake!
Jake: [smiles] You know who I am.
Keri Johnson: [pause, then she realizes the truth] Jamie!
[She runs into his arms and they embrace]
Jake: This is as close as I could come to who I once was.
Keri Johnson: It's close enough.
[They kiss]
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Referenced in A Tale of Two Sillies (2014) See more »

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SCREAM OF ANGELS
By Nick Gilder and Eric Nelson
Performed by Nick Gilder
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Lost and found!
5 January 2004 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Well, this movie is one of those half-forgotten gems of this cool decade. As a child I use to rent this movie over and over again but then I forgot it's name when I grew older. Recently, when I started to look for old cult 80s, I stumbled upon this little nice saga. The story is ridiculous but quite entertaining (I love revenge ;)) and there are many strange plot-holes through the whole movie. So why bother renting or buying this old s*** you may ask? Well if you are a child of the 80s and saw it back then, it can bring back some nice memories. If you are from that time but have not seen it, you MUST see it. Everyone else, just see it and enjoy a movie with one of the greatest cars ever on screen. For those who have seen it I just must make some statements of some of the major flaws in the film. How come that the police just let the thugs steal all the nerds cars in a small town like this? (very strange) And why don't the stupid morons see that they're next to die on the list when their buddies fall off one buy one. No fear at all...=) Well... all and all a funny flash-back. You know from like ten minutes into the movie how the end will be, but you'll KEEP on looking...


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