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The Wraith (1986)

A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

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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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pantyhose | gang | police | death | sheriff | See All (70) »

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If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

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A Aparição  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,402,535, 23 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mystery Science Theater 3000 star Felicia Day has stated this is her favorite bad movie of all time, and would love to feature it on Mystery Science Theater 3000 someday. See more »

Goofs

When cars come off the car carrier at 1hr22m in, you can see a plate with a single dent from the thumper (an explosive FX device) to pitch the cars off the trailer. See more »

Quotes

Packard Walsh: And, uh, Skank, do me a favor, will ya? Get rid of that zombie-piss you're drinkin' before it turns you into a mushroom!
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Referenced in Ride of the Future (2010) See more »

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WHERE'S THE FIRE
Written and Performed by Tim Feehan
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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mindless fun
27 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Let's be serious... this movie isn't meant to win an Oscar. It's just supposed to be fun and in my opinion succeeds on every level. The script is hokey, yet there are some really tender moments, like when Billy Hankins realizes who the Wraith really is. The acting is OK but this isn't Shakespeare. This movie is a great escape. Plus the revenge angle is definitely cool. The ending is actually a little reminiscent of "High Plains Drifter", where there is that one unspoken moment where fantasy and reality blur. This is actually one of my favorite films of the 80's. Sure it is massively dated, but, interesting none the less. Just a side note.... one of the waitresses at the drive in is a young Brook Burke of Wild On and Rockstar INXS fame!!!


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