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Wheels of Terror (1990)

A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate ... See full summary »

Director:

Christopher Cain

Writer:

Alan B. McElroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Cassidy ... Laura
Marcie Leeds Marcie Leeds ... Stephanie
Gary Carlos Cervantes ... Luis (as Carlos Cervantes)
Arlen Dean Snyder ... Detective Drummond
Henry Kendrick ... Kellogg (as Henry Max Kendrick)
Sharon Thomas Cain Sharon Thomas Cain ... Amy Donaldson (as Sharon Thomas)
Jacob Kenner Jacob Kenner ... Brad
Julie Hasel Julie Hasel ... Girl on Bus
Kimberly Duncan Kimberly Duncan ... Kimberly Donaldson
Mindy Spence Mindy Spence ... Stacy Harrison
Jon Conrad Pochron Jon Conrad Pochron ... Motorcycle Officer
Kirk Nelson Kirk Nelson ... Sheriff
Kristina Betts Kristina Betts ... Girl Victim
Bill Yarbrough Bill Yarbrough ... Girl's Father
Roger Rook Roger Rook ... Pastor
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Storyline

A small town is terrorized by an unknown stranger who kidnaps and abuses little girls. When her only child is kidnapped right in front of her, the schoolbus driver begins the desperate chase to catch the criminal. Written by Winnowill <an209309@anon.penet.fi>

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Evil waits. With the motor running.

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 July 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in Copper Valley See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The story was initially going to take place in Napa Valley, California. This was changed to Arizona at the last minute for budgetary reasons. See more »

Goofs

Stunt driver's hand visible on the wheel when the mysterious car is chasing the first girl through the desert. See more »

Quotes

Kimberly Donaldson: I'm practically on a Wheaties box.
Stephanie: I don't think anybody wants to look at your face while they're eating.
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Connections

References Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Im Feldquartier
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Try DUEL or CHRISTINE Instead
15 October 2019 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

Joanna Cassidy stars as Laura, a loving mother who drives a school bus. A sick, twisted psychopath is driving around in a 1974 Dodge Charger and abducting and at times killing young girls in the small town she lives in. They are also terrorizing poor Laura until they are matched in a showdown car chase that could have been great, but teeters toward completely boring.

Directed by Christopher Cain and written by Alan B. McElroy. I was expecting Cain to breathe some life into this film other than the extreme over use of slow motion. As well as the whole idea of an evil car running around and chasing people down by 1990 was no where near fresh or original with the likes of Steven Spielberg's DUEL, Stephen King or John Carpenter's CHRISTINE or even THE HEARSE. All are better films, but if you have never seen those films this might work better, but I would suggest watching those films instead. In addition the ending is a complete WTF moment that completely derails the film.


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