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After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.


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Jake Kesey / The Wraith
Packard Walsh
Keri Johnson
Sheriff Loomis
Billy Hankins
Vickie Benson ...
Peder Melhuse ...
Jeffrey Sudzin ...
Michael Hungerford ...
George in Daytona
Girl in Daytona
Richard Alexander ...
Jamie Henkins
Joan H. Reynolds ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Auriemma ...
Student at Falls (uncredited)
Clinton James Austin ...
Guy at Zoo Burger Stand (uncredited)
Waitress on Roller Skates (uncredited)
Jeffery Feaster ...
Teen at Falls (uncredited)
Derek K. Nielsen ...
Boy at Burger Stand (uncredited)

Directed by

Mike Marvin

Written by

Mike Marvin ... (written by)

Produced by

Buck Houghton ... executive producer
John Kemeny ... producer
Jeffrey Sudzin ... associate producer

Music by

Michael Hoenig
J. Peter Robinson

Cinematography by

Reed Smoot ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Scott Conrad
Gary Rocklen

Editorial Department

John A. Amicarella ... assistant editor (as John Alan Amicarella)
Curtis Edge ... apprentice editor
Christian Wagner ... assistant editor (as Christian Adam Wagner)

Casting By

Ilene Starger

Art Direction by

Dean Tschetter

Set Decoration by

Michele Starbuck

Makeup Department

Leslie Ann Anderson ... hair stylist (as Leslie Anne Anderson)
Kathryn Fenton ... makeup artist (as Kathryn Miles Logan)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Leon Dudevoir ... first assistant director
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny ... second second assistant director (as Judi Kemeny)
Mike Topoozian ... second assistant director

Art Department

Linda Faye Beall ... art department coordinator
Gene R. Bolinski Jr. ... set dresser
Corrine Bonneau ... assistant props
Star Fields ... leadman
Roy 'Bucky' Moore ... property master
Charles Peterson ... head scenic artist
Marilyn Vance ... visual consultant
Joel Youngerman ... construction coordinator

Sound Department

John K. Adams ... sound editor (as John Adams)
Terry Chambers ... sound editor
Paul B. Clay ... sound designer (as Paul Clay) / sound effects supervisor (as Paul Clay)
Gabriel Cubos ... boom operator (as Gabe Cubos)
Robert W. Glass Jr. ... dubbing mixer (as Robert Glass Jr.)
Walt Martin ... location sound
Bob Minkler ... dubbing mixer
Tally Paulos ... adr supervisor
Richard Portman ... dubbing mixer
Greg Stacy ... sound editor
James Troutman ... sound effects supervisor
Ed Fassl ... sound editor (uncredited)
Tim Partridge ... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Phil Cory ... special effects designer
Lenny Dalrymple ... special effects assistant: Tuscon
Hans Metz ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ken Speed ... special effects coordinator (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

James Belohovek ... miniature animator: VCE
Beverly Bernacki ... optical effects: VCE
Steve Burg ... effects animator: VCE (as Steven Burg)
Jammie Friday ... effects animator: VCE
Spencer Gill ... optical effects: VCE
Ed Harker ... optical effects: VCE
Peter Kuran ... visual effects producer: VCE
Kevin Kutchaver ... effects animator: VCE
Jo Martin ... administration: VCE
Alan Munro ... visual effects designer
Jacqueline Zietlow ... administration: VCE


Bobby Bass ... stunt player
Sandy Berumen ... stunt player
Fred Culbertson ... stunt player
Steve M. Davison ... stunt player (as Steve Davison)
David R. Ellis ... stunt player (as David Ellis)
Freddie Hice ... stunt player (as Fred Hice)
Billy Hank Hooker ... stunt player
Buddy Joe Hooker ... stunt coordinator / stunt designer
Norman Howell ... stunt player (as Norm Howell)
Randy Peters ... stunt player
Karen Price ... stunt player (as Karen Elayna Price)
John Sullivan ... stunt player
Dick Ziker ... stunt player

Camera and Electrical Department

Chuck Colwell ... director of photography: second unit
Ian Dodd ... assistant camera: second unit
David Dubois ... electrician
Eric J. Goldstein ... assistant camera: second unit (as Eric Goldstein)
George Griner ... assistant camera: second unit
John R. Hernandez ... grip (as John Hernandez)
George A. Hock ... electrician (as George Hock)
Jeff 'Moose' Howery ... dolly grip (as Jeff Howery)
Bruce Ingram ... camera operator: second unit / first assistant camera
Richard Kuhn ... best boy
Michael E. Little ... assistant camera: second unit (as Michael Little)
Brent Loefke ... second assistant camera
Michael Lund ... assistant camera: second unit
Tim Nash ... electrician
Tracy Neftzger ... key grip
Dennis L. Peterson ... gaffer
Patrick Reddish ... best boy
Takashi Seida ... still photographer
Steven Shaw ... camera operator: second unit (as Steve Shaw)
Don Simandl ... grip
Christopher Tufty ... camera operator: second unit (as Chris Tufty)

Casting Department

Marla Tate ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Elinor Bardach ... costumer
Jim Beinke ... costume builder: Wraith (as James B. Beinke)
Andrew Kenworthy ... costume builder: Wraith (as Andrew W. Kenworthy)
Glenn Ralston ... costumer
Marilyn Vance ... costumer (uncredited)

Location Management

Dan Dewey ... assistant location manager
Jack N. Young ... location manager (as Jack Young)

Music Department

Jolene Cherry ... music supervisor
Rick Hart ... score recordist
Jim Weidman ... music editor
Pat Woods ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

Gary Hellerstein ... transportation coordinator
Lee Nashold ... driver: insert car
Randy Peters ... transportation captain

Other crew

Harriotte H. Aaron ... script supervisor
Victoria Ahrens ... assistant: Mr. Kemeny
Emily Blanton ... extras coordinator
Lisa C. Cook ... production coordinator
Cherie Franklin ... dialogue coach
Gina Genova ... production secretary (as Gina L. Genova)
John Grace ... production assistant
Gordon K. Kee ... production accountant (as Gordon Kee)
Jerrie Ken ... production assistant
Leslie Meigs ... production assistant
Morrie Nierenberg ... assistant accountant
Warren Oliver ... craft service (as Warren S. Oliver)
John Sullivan ... mechanic
Laura Watt ... nurse
Joe Woolridge ... head of security (as Sgt. Joe Woolridge)
Rob Harris ... unit publicist (uncredited)


Bruce Ingram ... this film is dedicated to the memory of
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not - the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard's criminal gang. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines He's not from around here. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Phantom (France)
  • Interceptor - Phantom der Ewigkeit (Germany)
  • El ejecutor (Spain)
  • El aparecido (Spain)
  • Tilbage fra virkeligheden (Denmark)
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  • 93 min
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Box Office

Budget $2,700,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,402,535, 23 Nov 1986

Did You Know?

Trivia The black car featured in the movie was a real-life technological wonder, the Dodge M4S. A joint effort of the Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors and PPG Industries, one of the highly sophisticated PPG Pace Cars for the PPG-CART Indy Car World Series. The M4S was designed and constructed at an estimated cost of $1.1 million, and featured performance and technology to match that lofty figure. The innovative body design was developed in the Chrysler studios, while PPG developed the finish - a special bronze pearl paint job formulated just for this car. The M4S was powered by a Chrysler 2.4-liter four-cylinder one-of-a-kind engine that exceeded 194 mph. According to Gary Hellerstein, transportation coordinator for this film, a total of seven versions of the M4S were needed for filming. The original, on loan from Dodge, was used for close-ups and details. Two more "drivers", consisting of perfectly detailed bodies on dune buggy chassis, were used for stunt driving chores. There were four "shells", empty bodies on bare, towable frames, that were sacrificed in various crash scenes. See more »
Goofs Oggie's dead body is described as - except for his missing eyes - looking like he just came out of a hot tub, yet when revealed he looks ghoulishly pasty with eye sockets that seem burned. Much later on, Packard's dead body looks like he's merely sleeping and would aptly fit the description earlier given Oggie. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Trailer Trauma 3: 80s Horrorthon (2017). See more »
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Quotes Sheriff Loomis: You listen to me, you son-of-a-bitch! There's a kid out there usin' his car to kill people, not that it's such a big deal since it seems to be your gang he's got it in for... so, if you guys try to take the law into your own hands, and that killer turns up dead, I'm gonna see you all sniffin' cyanide in the Arizona gas chamber.
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