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 unique tone of the car's horn is the Hadley Ambassador Rectangular Bell horn. See more
During the opening murder scene of the two bicyclists, one of the helicopters used for filming can be heard hovering over the bicyclists. See more
Wade... there's something I... I wanna tell you about last night. Well, the old lady... well, Chas, he didn't translate everything that she said.
What do you mean?
Well, uh... she said... there was no driver in the car.
The NBC TV version of this film was heavily edited for violent content. In particular, the scene where the Car goes into a barrel roll over the two oncoming police cars was totally removed, leaving the first time viewer with a major continuity problem. Other parts removed included the quick scene where the hitchhiker is shown being thrown through the air after being hit by the Car and later on, the Car blasting through the front window of the house is slightly altered. See more
Music by John Philip Sousa See more