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
There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no way to stop... The Car
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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
Are you gonna stand there philosophizing, or are you gonna buy me a drink? You're not smart enough to do both.
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
Referenced in The Shining
Dies Irae, Dies Illa
Traditional, thought to be written by Thomas of Celano See more