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The Car (1977)

A mysterious black, sleek automobile terrorizes everyone it comes into contact with in a small town in Utah. The local sheriff may be the only person who can stop this menace which has been possessed by pure evil.

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... Wade Parent
... Lauren
... Everett
... Amos
... John Morris
Elizabeth Thompson ... Margie
... Ray Mott
... Lynn Marie
... Debbie
... Miss McDonald
... Metcalf
... Bertha
Henry O'Brien ... Chas
... Denson
Lee McLaughlin ... Marvin Fats
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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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff

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There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no way to stop... The Car See more »


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13 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Wheels  »

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Trivia

The make and model of "the car" was a 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III black coupe. See more »

Goofs

When The Car chases the bicycle boy, there is a close up of the front bumper pushing the bike's rear wheel. You can see that the chain is on the largest sprocket, so the bike is in the lowest gear. No wonder neither bicyclist escaped. See more »

Quotes

Amos Clements: So you're the one that woke me up this morning with that awful bugle music.
John Morris: That's impossible sir, that's not even a bugle, it's a French horn.
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Referenced in The Shining (1980) See more »

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Dies Irae, Dies Illa
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Traditional, thought to be written by Thomas of Celano
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28 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Car is a good example of how restraint in the horror genre can work. It honors the tradition of real suspense movies by hinting at more than it shows, and inferring more than it explains. From the cryptic opening quote by Anton Le Vey to the ending in which the two main characters disagree on whether this is really the end, this "demon car" film keeps asking more questions than it answers. For some, this will bring frustration, for others, it makes the movie that much more fascinating. The "body count" is a total of 10 people, with no explicit scenes. And there are no "anonymous" killings. Each victim is named and acknowledged as a real human being and a loss. This is a refreshing departure from gore-fests. I'd rate it a 7 1/2.


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