Near the small desert town of Santa Ynez, a mysterious black car runs down two teenage bicyclers en route to camp, then it hit-and-runs a hitchhiker with local Amos Clements as witness. Sheriff Everett puts his men on alert and plants road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer, but soon he himself falls victim to the car. Sheriff Wade Parent leads the hunt for the vehicle that threatens their town and seems impossible to locate. When his beloved girlfriend, teacher Lauren Humphries, challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home. Wade realizes he might be dealing with supernatural powers.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff
What evil drives... The Car
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Did You Know?
According to director Elliot Silverstein
, the distinctive sound the horn of The Car makes, spells out the letter X in Morse code. See more
In the scene where The Car has Wade in the bottom of the canyon chasing him on his motorcycle, The Car makes a turn to screen left (our right) which quickly reveals the side of the front bumper is bent out of shape. It is a goof because The Car is "indestructable". See more
Are you gonna stand there philosophizing, or are you gonna buy me a drink? You're not smart enough to do both.
Referenced in Bitch Slap
Dies Irae, Dies Illa
Traditional, thought to be written by Thomas of Celano See more