HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
Skinny Tiger, Fatty Dragon
Benediction
Nezha Reborn
Evil Toons
Worst Person in the World, The
Whirlpool
Hunter Will Get You
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
Revolver
Men, The
Parallel Mothers
Sadness, The
Bloody New Year
Faye
Body Count
Spider-Man: No Way Home
'Round Midnight
Wild Men
Barry & Joan
Wake Up Punk
Twin, The
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
One of These Days
Lift to the Scaffold
Savage Dawn
Rest in Pieces
Innocents in Paris
We're All Going to the World's Fair
Beyond the Door 3
Jules et Jim
Love Jones
Saint-Narcisse
Souvenir Part II, The
   
 
Newest Articles
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
The Punk Rock Movie: Out of the Blue on Blu-ray
   
 
  Car, The Needs Must When The Devil Drives
Year: 1977
Director: Elliot Silverstein
Stars: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, Ronny Cox, E.G. Marshall, John Rubenstein, Elizabeth Thompson, Roy Jenson, Kim Richards, Kyle Richards, Kate Murtagh, Robert Phillips, Doris Dowling, Henry O'Brien, Eddie Little Sky
Genre: Horror, ActionBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: Something is hurtling along the desert highways of New Mexico, something big and deadly. Two cyclists are racing each other for fun when a huge car, its horn blaring, looms up behind them, squashes one cyclist against a wall and knocks the other off a high bridge, killing both. Later that day, a young man is hitchhiking when the same car appears and nearly runs him over; when he responds with a shouted insult, the car reverses and runs him over for real - another victim of the murderous automobile. Local cop Wade Parent (James Brolin) is just waking up, with no idea of the danger the day will hold as the car tightens its grip of terror on the community...

Opening with a quote from Anton La Vey, and scripted by Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack and Lane Slate, The Car looks like what someone would have come up with after seeing the success of Duel and Jaws, and combined the two, with a spot of The Omen added in for good measure. The result plays as if it were a Stephen King story that had been adapted, and indeed King wrote a killer car tale of his own later on. The horror of the killer vehicle is contrasted, in the King manner, with the trials and tribulations of plain old ordinary folks, some serious, like the wife-beating subplot, and some more light hearted, like the preparations for the town's parade.

Wade is a typical King hero, a reliable, divorced single parent who has a successful romance with schoolteacher Lauren (Kathleen Lloyd) which he wants to go further. His two daughters are taught by Lauren, so all is going well until the car shows up and commences mowing down various luckless pedestrians - but who's driving? When the sheriff is killed, one of the witnesses notes that there was no driver inside, and another cop, secret alcoholic Luke (Ronny Cox) lets his superstitious nature get the better of him when he voices his opinion that the car is possessed by, yes, the Devil himself.

The car was handsomely designed by George Barris, and is a hulking brute of a thing, with massive bumpers, headlights like balefully staring eyes, and the tremendous presence of a juggernaut. Oh, and no door handles, which makes you wonder how the Devil got in? The proof of its satanic origin comes when it interrupts the parade reheasal, announcing its entrance with an off-camera wind machine, so the kids and organisers take refuge in the consecrated ground of the cemetery. The car tries to follow them in, but can't, and angrily growls its engine outside the gates. The vehicle doesn't only run people over, either: at one point it sneaks into Wade's house and tries to poison him with exhaust fumes.

Proof that you can get away with plenty of plot absurdities if you explain them away with the supernatural, the film nevertheless contains good sequences if you can suspend your disbelief. Never mind about why the Devil would waste time bumping off small town folk in a customised sedan when he could be blowing up a nuclear power station or whatever, just enjoy the dusty chases, which see the car spectacularly evade capture, at one point flying over the roofs of two police cars, destroying them in the process. And there's an unexpectedly callous development two thirds of the way through, which adds gravity to the drama, even if it is ridiculous. Single-minded it may be, but The Car is effective enough within its limitations, and the monolithic villain is its best asset, with its parping horn indicating that it would rather you didn't get out of its road. Music by Leonard Rosenman.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 8853 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: