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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 »

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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

The cars consistently change from '71 to '74 Dodge Chargers. See more »

Quotes

Laura: Where's Kim.
Stephanie: That's funny. She was right behind me.
Laura: Well, maybe her mother picked her up.
Stephanie: She was right behind me when we came out of the school. If her mom was going to pick her up she would have said something.
Boy on bus: I guess her mom picked her up alright.
Laura: Are you sure?
Boy on bus: I saw her get into her car.
Laura: [Laura and Stephanie exit the bus] Kim! Kimberly!
Stephanie: Mom, what's wrong?
Laura: Did she say anything? Anything at all about her mom picking her up today?
[...]
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Connections

References Cheaper by the Dozen (1950) See more »

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Im Feldquartier
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A good mix of horror, mystery, and suspense...
21 July 2001 | by SentraWagon1982See all my reviews

Wheels of Terror is one of those movies that has a mixed theme of horror, mystery, and suspense. It is about a 1974 Dodge Charger (it is said by a police officer during the movie about the year of the car, but how he could have known that without seeing it is a mystery) that terrorizes an Arizona community. The grill of the car was customized for the movie to give it a satanic look. There are several clues throughout the movie that tells the viewer that nobody is driving the car, however nobody comes right out and says for sure. There also are no clue on where this car came from or how it became evil.

The main plot surrounds a mother and daughter who have just moved to Arizona from L.A. to be away from the city to start a new life in the country. Most of the main events of the story surround the car stalking young girls, which lead up to the final chase scene between the mother driving the mini bus and the car which kidnapped her daughter. The chase scene lasts a good half hour.

The acting in this movie is rather poor. You will ask yourself "how can anyone be so dumb?" Before the daughter is kidnapped by the car, there was at least two scenes where the car was about six feet away from her and she was completely blind to it. How can you not see a car that is right in front of your face that is about to run you down? The makers of this movie used a bit too much of the slow motion technique during the final chase scene to add more of a dramatic approach to what was actually happening. The movie is actually very good despite what some of the other critics may think, it is definitely worth seeing a few times. The suspense and mystery really make it worth while.

This movie is very similar to the 1977 movie, "The Car". The difference between this movie and "Wheels of Terror" is that "The Car" will run down anybody in it's way and is more ruthless. The movie is more violent than "Wheels of Terror". Another short story similar to "Wheels of Terror" is from one of the segments of the 1983 movie, "Nightmares". The segment is entitled "The Benediction", which is about a satanic driverless truck that terorizes a priest that is traveling across a desert. Unfortunately the segment is less than a half hour long, but is very creepy and suspenseful.


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