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Wheels of Terror (1990)

A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marcie Leeds ...
Luis (as Carlos Cervantes)
Detective Drummond
Henry Kendrick ...
Kellogg (as Henry Max Kendrick)
Sharon Thomas Cain ...
Amy Donaldson (as Sharon Thomas)
Jacob Kenner ...
Julie Hasel ...
Girl on Bus
Kimberly Duncan ...
Kimberly Donaldson
Mindy Spence ...
Stacy Harrison
Jon Conrad Pochron ...
Motorcycle Officer
Kirk Nelson ...
Kristina Betts ...
Girl Victim
Bill Yarbrough ...
Girl's Father
Roger Rook ...


A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate chase to catch the criminal. Written by Winnowill <an209309@anon.penet.fi>

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Evil waits. With the motor running.


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Terror in Copper Valley  »

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1.33 : 1
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The story was initially going to take place in Napa Valley, California. This was changed to Arizona at the last minute for budgetary reasons. See more »


The cars consistently change from '71 to '74 Dodge Chargers. See more »


Laura: Where's Kim.
Stephanie: That's funny. She was right behind me.
Laura: Well, maybe her mother picked her up.
Stephanie: She was right behind me when we came out of the school. If her mom was going to pick her up she would have said something.
Boy on bus: I guess her mom picked her up alright.
Laura: Are you sure?
Boy on bus: I saw her get into her car.
Laura: [Laura and Stephanie exit the bus] Kim! Kimberly!
Stephanie: Mom, what's wrong?
Laura: Did she say anything? Anything at all about her mom picking her up today?
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Even back in 1990, this plot had to be outdated
23 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beat-up Dodge Charger runs over people, and abducts young girls in a small desert community. Later, it is revealed the driver molests the girls. Why was that part added to the plot? Let's face it, a movie like this, made such a long time after its obvious source (Duel) is only going for any unintended laughs it can get, and it's impossible to find any humour and in a flick about a child molester.

If you can get past that, the entire second half of this is an extended (if outdated) car chase, which has moments of competency and a bit of excitement, but is often times played out in super slow motion, as the Charger does battle with a minibus, with the lead girl's daughter hanging in the balance. This is all capped with a wholly predictable double twist ending, in which the villain's identity and his motives are burned to a crisp in the requisite fiery explosion. The second half is the only reason I rated it as highly as I did.

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