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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... 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


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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Is it a phantom, a demon, or the Devil himself? See more »


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13 May 1977 (USA)  »

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Wheels  »

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2.35 : 1
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Major stunts in the movie included a stuntman's first-time ever jump, a 196 ft fall from a bridge and a "barrel role" by "the car" over two other vehicles. See more »


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 »


Lauren: [taunting the car's unseen driver] Hey, you! Why don't you get outta your big ugly car, huh? We'd like to see what you look like. I'd like to see what a creep like you looks like!
[the car angrily drives around in circles and then stops]
Lauren: Well, come on, come on, get outta your car, huh? Let us all see what a lunatic son of a bitch you are! Come on, crawl out! I'll let you crawl out! Oh, I got your story now! I see! As long as you're in your car, you're big, and you're bad! Come on, let me tell you...
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Referenced in Jeepers Creepers (2001) See more »


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Music by John Philip Sousa
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13 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

The devil made me do it. Really. I bought this VHS the second I saw it. It kept me awake with nightmares as a child, and the library offered no help in locating it until I hit that nice vowel-starting auction site. In re-watching it, I realized that there are signs of the decade it was created (especially in the bell-bottoms, I couldn't stop laughing when I watched the kids in the band practice their parade because the fashion world has come back to them again!), but there are other nice things.

One of the main details that this movie has is no explanations are made. The Indian woman comments about the ill wind that came with the car when she gives testimony. The sheriff's deputy feels that the reason it can't go into the graveyard is due to the hallowed ground. (Btw, the graveyard scene is the one that freaked me out as a kid). Parent (Brolin) discovers there are no handles on the doors, and another witness says that there's no driver. This all adds up to a nasty scenerio. Much like the later movie Poltergeist, you have to wonder if the Indians are right--get out of town! (they fled to the Deep Country--smart cookies!)

I adore Kim Richards, and her sister Kyle is a darling in this film. As an adult, I couldn't help but think who would take care of them should something happen to Parent. I think this is a good sign in a movie--you really begin to identify with the characters when things like this come to you!

The comment at the beginning from Anton gives the whole movie's plot a good basis. I do recommend this as a stay-home, eat popcorn, and enjoy flick!


**** out of *****

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