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
Is it a phantom, a demon, or the Devil himself?
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Did You Know?
The main theme in the movie was a reworked version of the traditional Catholic "Dies Irae" - part of the Requiem mass. Berlioz used this theme in the 5th movement of his "Symphonie Fantastique." Many other classical composers used variations of the melody, (which was a very familiar piece) to people up through the 20th century. See more
During the final chase on the motorbike, it alternates from night / day. See more
[to Lauren, as they drive past his mobile home
Just checkin' the tipi.
The NBC edited for TV version of this film includes some additional scenes to pad out the movie due to needed commercial breaks. The aforementioned additional scenes were during the cemetery standoff between the school band and the Car. The part where Lauren is insulting and taunting the Car is longer and there is a short dialog between her and her friend Margie planning on how one of them will run out and escape to call for help. These are not on the official 1999 DVD/VHS release. See more
Spoofed in Dead End
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: I. 'Morning'
Music by Edvard Grieg See more