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The Car (1977)

by  |  March 26th, 2012  |  Horror

Written by: Michael Butler (Code Of Silence), Dennis Shryack (Turner & Hooch), Lane Slate (Deadly Care) and Directed by: Elliot Silverstein (Flashfire). Starring: James Brolin (Westworld), Kathleen Lloyd (It Lives Again), R.G. Armstrong (My Name Is Nobody), Elizabeth Thompson (The Crow), Kim Richards (Escape To Witch Mountain), Kyle Richards (Eaten Alive) Ronny Cox (Total Recall), and Henry O’Brien (How The West Was Won)

The Car was an interesting one, now the movie which was influenced by other road movies such as Roger Corman’s Death Race 2000, and Steven Spielberg’s, Duel, tells the story of a small desert town where nothing ever happens, where primarily the only duties that Police seem to usually have to do are giving out tickets, etc…

That is until one day when a black sedan, while tearing across America’s back road highways and byways, ends up first running a couple of bicyclists off a cliff and then heads toward a small desert town, where this vehicle will not only tear up the road ways of the small town, but will also try to tear up anyone that gets in his way…

The only person that can stop him is a man by the name of Wade Parent (Brolin), a father and Sheriff’s Deputy, whom if he and his Sheriff’s Department can’t stop the dreaded car, will tear up the town, and everyone in it!

Lauren (Lloyd) stands up to the car that has been menacing her small town!

Besides the fact that this movie was influenced by earlier classic Road movies, The Car I am fairly certain has either directly or in directly influenced such movies as Stephen King’s, Maximum Overdrive (1986), a movie which tells the story of how all electronic devices on Earth come to life, and how the central characters in the movie are being held captive by a group of big rig trucks!

This movie also influenced a car in the arcade game, ‘Smashing Drive’. ┬áNow the car in the video game looks like the car in the movie, but is painted up to look like a New York City Cab.

This movie I am certain was also the influence for the, ‘were-car’ that Bender turns in to in an episode of Futurama.

Bender as, 'the were-car' from Futurama.

Well Horror fans, if your looking for a kick-ass good time in a film, then I do highly recommend this one, it is a fun one!

Nathan Strack


Nathan Strack is a Writer/Director/Filmmaker & Owner/Founder of: Hell In Space, Strack Web Design Service & Strack Store.

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