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Quicksilver Highway (1997)

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Traveling showman Aaron Quicksilver tells horror tales: a psychotic hitchhiker falls prey to a relentless dangerously-sharp set of chattering teeth, and a human hand that comes alive.

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Mick Garris

Writers:

Clive Barker (short story "The Body Politic"), Stephen King (short story "Chattery Teeth") | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Christopher Lloyd ... Aaron Quicksilver
Matt Frewer ... Charlie / Dr. Charles George
Raphael Sbarge ... Kerry Parker / Bill Hogan
Missy Crider ... Olivia Harmon Parker / Lita Hogan
Silas Weir Mitchell ... Bryan Adams
Bill Nunn ... Len
Veronica Cartwright ... Myra
Bill Bolender ... Scooter
Amelia Heinle ... Darlene
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Clive Barker ... Anesthesiologist
Cynthia Garris ... Ellen George
Kevin Grevioux ... Police Sergeant
Christopher Hart ... Lefty
William Frederick Knight ... Rhinoplasty Man (as William Knight)
John Landis ... Surgical Assistant
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This film is actually two one hour stories, the first based on a Stephen King story called the "Chattery Teeth" about a man who picks up a hitchhiker and the second is based on a Clive Barker story called "The Body Politic" about hands that rebel against the body. Written by Spanner <Spanner@AOL.Com>

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King & Clive Barker's Quicksilver Highway See more »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Mick Garris watched a lot of plastic surgery documentary footage to research the segment "The Body Politic". See more »

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Aaron Quicksilver: You might say I'm a collector of rare objects
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Highway to Film Hell?
3 December 2007 | by Mister_Gordon_ShumwaySee all my reviews

'Quicksilver Highway' is the collaboration of two of the world's most talented literary horror writers, Stephen King and Clive Barker. It is a rather short anthology of two terrifyingly twisted tales, with an inset story featuring Christopher Lloyd (Back to the Future). But do they terrify the average film-goer? A wandering storyteller, Aaron Quicksilver (Lloyd), narrates the tales in two strikingly different locations: Stephen King's 'Chattery Teeth' along a deserted stretch of desert highway and Clive Barker's 'The Body Politic' within the carnivalesque setting of a funfair.

The more interesting of the two tales is 'Chattery Teeth', which tells of a psychopathic hitchhiker who falls prey to a relentless and dangerously-sharp set of chattering teeth owned by the travelling salesman driving the car. 'Chattery Teeth' is taken from a short story written by King and first published in 'Cemetery Dance' magazine in the nineties. Similar to the stories found in 'Creepshow' and 'Creepshow 2', it is a bizarre and disturbing story with a twist in the tail (think 'Twilight Zone' and the 'Ray Bradbury Theater').

The lesser of the two is Barker's 'The Body Politic'. Here, a hand comes alive, goes completely out of control, and eventually attacks its owner. The story is taken from Clive Barker's 'Books of Blood: Vol 4' and is actually quite an entertaining and intelligent story ... in print. However, attempting to re-create this story on film just doesn't work. The effects are nothing short of laughable, which inevitably ruins a good tale.

'Quicksilver Highway' is directed by Mick Garris, who has collaborated with Stephen King on more than one occasion (see 'Sleepwalkers', 'The Stand', 'The Shining' (TV), and the forthcoming 'Riding the Bullet' and 'Desperation'). He is also the man behind some of the 'Twilight Zone' episodes and 'Freddy's Nightmares', the latter explaining his less than efficient effort with 'Quicksilver Highway'.

Nevertheless, the cast is well chosen - Matt Frewer (The Stand), John Landis (dir. 'An American Werewolf in London'), Bill Nunn (Kiss the Girls), and Clive Barker - and although the movie does have its tedious and ridiculous moments (check out Lloyd's fetishistic leather garb), it is watchable. Fans of 'Tales from the Crypt' and 'Tales from the Darkside' will certainly want to give this film a look-see.

Matthew J Lee-Williams, Review.


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