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?
Twelve men worked on building four versions of "the car" for the movie for ten months. Construction took eight weeks. Many safety devices and mechanisms had to be installed for occupational safety reasons so as to protect the stuntmen who would be riding inside them. See more
At the start of the film Wade delivers an intelligible line while brushing his teeth vigorously. This is of course impossible and the line was obviously dubbed with much milder mangling. See more
I shouldn't have left her.
Nothing would have changed. He would have taken you out too. I talked to her... she called me when she got back here. She could hear the engine coming down the street.
[choking back the tears
She was so frightened. I don't know... I don't know.
I know why he didn't go into the cemetery.
[Wade turns to look at Luke
I know why. There's no other reason... the ground... was hallowed.
[Wade gives Luke a skeptical glare
That's what I say... but you think about it. ...
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
Spoofed in Dead End
Music by John Philip Sousa See more