There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no way to stop… THE CAR! Great catch line. This is everything that you can expect from a killer car film. It’s Duel and Christine. It’s fast moving film which rockets along, characters getting knocked off all over the place when you least expect it. The car terrorises a small community. The local Sheriff (James Brolin, father of Josh, most famouse for Amityville Horror and Capricorn One) makes it his mission to stop the car and save the town.
It’s actually a good film. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s quite good. One thing which stands out is the script. Nice and snappy with some brilliant lines and brutal, realistic characters. I think it would be wrong to actually compare this to Duel, as it’s a much faster paced flick and feels more like Jaws than anything else. Brolin is great, a real star, but the rest of the cast are about as perfect as could be. John Marley, Kathleen Lloyd and Liz Thompson to name a few. Behind the scenes, Mike Butler wrote the screenplay, a great piece of work. He later worked on The Gauntlet and Pale Rider but little else. Likewise, Director Elliot Silverstein had some Twilight Zones and Tales from the Crypt to his name, and it’s easy to see as The car feels very much like an extended Twilight Zone.
But apart from fine script and edgy pace, Brolin’s dramatic lead, the Car is the true star of the film. It’s a beautiful motor built in a time when cars had some style. A true piece of art, racing along the dusty roads of the Nevada desert. Crushing cyclists and pedestrians alike. A spectacular high impact ending too.