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Title: The Car
Post by: Leon on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This was an alright movie. It was missing a begining, and didn't end. They need to make "The Car 2", bad! The crazy horn was the coolest part.


Title: The Car
Post by: Paul H. on March 23, 2000, 01:22:16 PM
I loved this movie when I was younger and they showed it on T.V. every three months.  It is not really scary but more eerie.  I have not seen this movie in 15 years so I might not hold up as well today.  Nevertheless, I think this movie has several things going for it and it is a all around mildly intertaining film worth watchiing on tv on a sunday when you are under the age of 15.   2.75- 3 green globs.  (is that noncommital enough for you)

A little slow but done with care.  So you have to give it some credit. It has a permanent spot in my good memories.


Title: The Car
Post by: James Hepler on March 23, 2000, 07:56:47 PM
Yeah, I can remember seeing this a few times on TNT.  Personally, I thought it was good as far as killer car films go.  The whole demon car flying through the house four feet above the ground was kinda cool.  I also liked the flame mouth with the tongue thing (I believe that's what yer Rolling Stones on fire thing is about) after they crushed the car, and how the credits roll and you heard a car engine start.


Title: The Car
Post by: Rob Heiser on March 24, 2000, 09:40:57 PM
Well, I was a little wary of leaving a positive comment here, but since I'm not the only one...OK, I admit it, I love this movie.  But still I knew this guilty pleasure of mine would end up here someday!  Yes, it's a silly premise - I mean, was Satan bored?  Tired of causing war & famine & possessing little girls?  Hankerin' for a Sunday drive?  Apparently, but regardless, I love this movie.  And quite frankly, I think it's aged a lot better than other, more noted, movies.  Tried to watch DUEL lately?  Yes, I know it's largely a one-man show so they're necessary, but Dennis Weaver's voiceovers are still just plain pathetic.  Or how about KILLDOZER?  Oh, please...or CHRISTINE?  Sorry, but I think it's more of a geek's wet dream than a horror movie.  Meanwhile, these guys took a really silly idea and gave it all due care and respect.  The sound effects are perfect, the cinematography very effective in making a sedan look threatening, and with the exception of the obnoxious overacting of Ronny Cox, the performances are all appropriately subdued.  And The Car itself - if the devil ever did need a ride to the airport, I'm convinced he'd climb in the back of this badass George Barris custom.  


Title: The Car
Post by: Boz824 on March 25, 2000, 02:09:39 PM
I saw this movie on the SciFi Channel a while back. Though the scenes where the car was actually doing something were a dose of eyecandy, I agree that there were some very long dead spots in the movie. This movie should have taken some lessonds from other movies with goofy premises such as "The Blob" and spent the entire movie showing people being chased by the antagonist. To hell with writing dialogue and developing an intricate plot, it's time for these movie makers to start realizing the strengths and weaknesses of their genre and give their fans more of the good stuff (The Pumpkinhead series springs into memory at this). I dunno.


Title: The Car
Post by: Squishy on March 26, 2000, 05:10:34 AM
One of the few times I agreed with a reviewer in my local paper was when said critic pointed out that the "rules" in "The Car" are horribly flexible; for example, the demon-car can sail four feet off the ground without a ramp (when it takes out Kathleen Lloyd), but can't even attempt to take a moderately-steep incline (at the climax). It can sneak into a garage, but can't catch kids on foot. Whoof.

Favorite bit: James Brolin's character is too stupid to stand clear of a car door, but is still standing at the film's end, in spite of The Car wasting SEVERAL opportunities to run his ass over.

There are several other death-machine movies mentioned here; I'd like to add the equally bad "The Hearse" and "Wheels of Terror." This almost qualifies as its own genre!


Title: The Car
Post by: Warren H. on March 29, 2000, 07:50:12 PM
In case anybody is wondering, The Car is a radically customized (1960s era) Lincoln.  It is cut down from four doors to two, has a chopped top, and (of course) the front fenders and fascia were worked over.  Given the way the big car moves, I would say it is powered by at least a 429 big block or, possibly, a 460.  (That would be the cylinder displacement for all you non-car-knowlegeable people.)


Title: The Car
Post by: wytshark@aol.com on April 05, 2000, 03:32:23 PM
I have to weigh in with my own positive review here. I loved this movie as a kid--probably the best of the cheesy Jaws clones so popular at the time. And, well, call me crazy, but it still remains one of my favorite flicks. Granted, there is a lot that has to be overlooked--not the least of which is a premise that is, at best, ridiculous--but if you can forgive that (plus ignore some stiff lines and a few dry spells), what you'll find is a well put together little thriller. And I agree with the earlier reviewer who thinks The Car has aged well--especially when you see it widescreen on DVD.


Title: The Car
Post by: ebolamonk@yahoo.com on April 20, 2000, 10:54:14 AM
There's something fundamentally enjoyable about any 70s B-movie, no matter how bad it is.  This is a perfect example.  By all rights, this movie should suck ass, but it rocks.  I love that car.  Wonder where I could get one...


Title: The Car
Post by: tmp on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
just 'cause I am bored- The Car is a 70's Mark III Continental, not a sedan.  "Barris TV & Movie Cars" has a spread on it.  I read the book when it came out and I would like to get another copy.  You said I can't borrow it- how 'bout if I ask pretty?


Title: The Car
Post by: Goomba88 on April 26, 2000, 01:53:28 PM
I loved this movie in 1977, I love it now. It's not a movie of story, it's a movie of moments. I mean, how much logic do you want from a less-than medium budget horror film where the devil incarnates himself as this Hellified Powercar of Destruction. I thought it hade some very good moments, not totally ridiculous personalazation of the characters, and, once again, that Hellified Car. I can still close my eyes at any time and have a crystal clear view of it's image. Really, there are only a dozen or so movies that I can say that about. And it contains one of my favorite lines from any movie, spoken by James Brolin (because we all may not have said it, but at some point we have all thought it), "What happened to last Thursday?....I had it made last Thursday."


Title: The Car
Post by: Chemosh on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Unlike what the review says in more than one place, this takes place in Utah. Not southern california. The town that is being terrorized is Santa Ynez, Utah.

I remember seeing this movie countless times as a kid and enjoying the car parts and being bored out of my mind during the rest.

The last time this was on, I was stationed in Utah and I prayed that there were more cars like this to take care of all the bad drivers there.


Title: The Car
Post by: Paul on June 20, 2000, 05:14:48 PM
If I remember correctly, "The Car" was set in Utah, not Southern California.


Title: The Car
Post by: Georgiann on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Well, it's no "Duel", and you have to swallow your disbelief when The Car flies through a house window to kill someone, but you have to admire the guts of a movie that kills off its heroine and the car itself is really pretty cool.  


Title: The Car
Post by: Chadzilla on August 10, 2000, 12:54:46 PM
This horror vehicle (ha ha ha) wins a 5 slime rating from me.  It is one of my most cherished guilty pleasures from the seventies (1977 was the releases date, not 1983 as stated at the top of the review).

In response to a question of the Message Board I stated that I have always wanted The Car for my very own.  I also told a small story that I will repeat here...a writer friend of mine went to an auction held by car customizer George Barris.  He was selling off most of the movie cars and bikes in his lot.  One item was his remaining Car from this movie (there were only two built).  The poor thing could no longer run and the rear axle was bent, making a wheel lift and fall as it turned.  The Car was pushed out and photographers gathered around to click photos.  Still true to its nasty roots The Car managed to roll over the toes of one photographer.  When that individual shrieked my friend stood and screamed "It's cursed!"  Sadly no one got the joke.

In response to Paul Westbrook's copycat CARR statement, The Car came first so it was the copied item, not the other way around.

Also I have read the long, long out of print novelization by screenwriters Dennis Shyrack and Michael Butler (Lane Slate evidently did credited rewrites) and it offers an interesting perspective on the story.  The supernatural aspects are expanded nicely (is The Car an evil Indian spirit attacking the White Man Invader, is it SATAN?) and the panic of Santa Ynez's residents are explored (something that was glossed over in the movie).  Also the ending is far, far more ominous and downbeat; and Wade gets a sanity shaking glimpse at the driver's eyes during his tense face off on the road (before getting whacked by the door).  Good luck in hunting it down.

No it is not for sale.  No you cannot "borrow" it.

I saw The Car during its debut run in theaters at, appropriately enough, the drive-in on a double bill with Jaws!  I forced my family to stay until the very end, someting they still have not forgiven me for.

Also certain apologists say that this movie is supposed to be a satire of Jaws and not a "serious" horror movie.  Somehow I don't think that is true.

Nuff said, bye.


Title: The Car
Post by: J.W. on October 01, 2000, 09:10:39 PM
I have to say that I like this movie alot. When I saw it in the video store I had to get it. I can pick it apart to like why did Wade close the garage door and lock it then end up jumping out the window? And if Lauren could hear the damm car's engine why didnt she look out the window? And the one that really gets me is how many engines does this car have? You can hear an engine idle while the other one is reving up. Well its all in fun anyway. A movie I liked as a kid and as an adult. I really came to this site to try to find out where the car was now and if it has its own web site with pics. If anyone knows feel free to let me know so I can check it out! SLYDER_35@webtv.net  


Title: The Car
Post by: Chris on October 27, 2000, 05:32:58 PM
This flick p**sed me off.  How dare those idiots wreck a bunch of classic Plymouth Furies to make a turkey like this.  I think whoever authorized this one deserves a serious ass-kicking.  


Title: The Car
Post by: Anthony Bannon on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I recently added a comment about this pic on the Internet Movie Database.  You're certainly right about a lot of the characters in this film: they suck! The real star of the show is The Car, and I'm glad you guys listed it among the characters as it has more personality than most of the humans here.  When that metal monster is onscreen, the film really works, and fortunately for us, it's onscreen a lot!


Title: The Car
Post by: Kristi Howard on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
Well, I grew up a fan of this movie, and still am.  I own a VHS copy even.

My family, especially my dad, are Ford fanatics, and being this car was a customized 1969 Lincoln Mark II (not III)...one of the cars he's always wanted...well, he watched it a lot for the car.  ;-)

But, don't we all have a special movie that we just can't watch enough, no matter how lame it could be?

On a +++ note...my friend, who is very picky about lame stuff...liked this movie...and she's even a Chevy fanatic!

I told her up front that the movie would feel corny...but that was the 70's, and she thought it was cool.

I mean, wobbly tombstones, changing scenes with a kid holding a band hat in front of the screen, and a "halfway" intriguing storyline make this movie seem a bit odd...but, if you put yourself back into the 70's...for the day, it was pretty good stuff, IMO.



Title: The Car
Post by: J.Noble on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This is one of my all time favorite movies, bad parts and all. It left an incredible impression on me when I first tried to watch it on late night TV way back in 1987. I was 11 years old and too freaked out while watching it hunt down the two bikers. I finally lost my nerve and turned it off. It's still a creepy film for me today if I let myself get into it. The movie, while having long talky parts with no action and some cheesy sped up chase scenes, still does a good job of keeping a real sense of dread. That the movie didn't explain why or where the Car came from is the very reason why it is such a creepy film. By the way, someone above posted about an episode of Knight Rider. There is an episode of Knight Rider that featured an "evil" twin of KITT, KARR. Furthermore, that episode actually borrowed the scene of the Car (from the movie) driving off the cliff and falling through the air. This didn't work too well for me being that an '80s Pontiac Trans-Am and a big square Lincoln Mark III don't resemble each other too well.      


Title: The Car
Post by: on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
painful-bad, not funny-bad.  maybe the recent video remaster is better but god was this movie DULL.  i remember taping it off the sci-fi channel a year or two ago for a friend who wanted to revisit his nostalgic youth (and unfortunately didn't have cable), and couldn't believe how boring and ugly-looking 'The Car' was.  the director... obviously held dull browns and murky greens as colors close to his heart, and on top of that couldn't film a scary scene to save his life.  reportedly this movie had a big budget for the time... a notion that's more hilarious than anything within this crapper.  Good going, Mr. Brolin: with this and 'The Amityville Horror,' you're batting 2 for 2 in the world of s**tty horror. :)


Title: The Car
Post by: peter on August 06, 2001, 01:07:27 AM
great movie i own a 17 and a half foot exact replica or the car and i must say the thing is just evil............


Title: The Car
Post by: Morgan Hoyle-Combs on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
That's a 1969 Lincoln Mark III Casper! But, Why? Why a 1969 Lincoln Mark III? Why not a 1938 Phantom Corsair? It's tough, mean, slick, has a great body, and still looks like a "big upsidedown bathtub"!


Title: The Car
Post by: felicity on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
the car is fantastic & the best thing about it is the way it beeps at you before it moves in for the kill. I can still hear that rhythm whenever I think of the movie - which I haven't seen in a while. Recommend it highly!


Title: The Car
Post by: Robert on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw The Car when I was very young and it scred the pants off me.I never saw the movie again until I was 28.I thought it sucked.But I did like the the car itself and the sound of the engine.I know that car probably don't exist anymore but if it did I would love to see it.Christine was a sharp ride and I would own a Fury,but the car was unique in it's own way.I wish Hollywood would make e sequel or a remake using the original car (or a reproduction)but a better story line,a well written script and even some of the same actors.It would be cool:"The Car Returns".I know,wishful thinking.


Title: The Car
Post by: IRIE on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
If anyone has any info on the where-abouts of the original steel car - please E-mail me  - George Barris told me in person that it's stored away in a warehouse.

There is also a replica around somewhere in the USA.

If there is any info please drop me an E-mail

Thanks, and keep this movie alive!!

IRIE...


Title: The Car
Post by: Rob Heiser on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
For those who are wondering, I remember seeing in Car Craft or Hot Rod magazine back in the '80s that this and several other George Barris vehicles were auctioned off.  Sadly, the worst thing is that I remember VERY CLEARLY that the selling price on this one was pathetic - a few thousand dollars!  Hell, I'd have bought it myself!  

Happily, Ertl's just come out with a 1/18 scale model as part of their American Muscle Entertainment series.  Check ebay or Ertl's website...


Title: The Car
Post by: Casper on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Hey, I've noticed alot of people have a couple of facts wrong about the actual car itself. I'm not being a dick, I just wanted to clear a couple things up. Its a 1971 Mark II Lincoln (not a '69). And it had a 455 big block. I've actually been in contact with Brett Barris at Barris Kustoms, Inc. over the past couple of weeks looking for replicas of the car. He said that for Barris Kustoms to build another one would cost me $85,000 and thats with me supplying the Lincoln. Anyways, I absolutely love this movie, even though it may be a little cheesy...I don't care.


Title: The Car
Post by: KwaK on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
My boyfriend sent me a link to this site and it absolutely made my day.  I attended college in the small Utah community that served as the base for filming of "The Car" and was hired as a stand in.  I ended up doing some stunt doubling and I can even see myself in the video clip!  What a hoot.  I still have my "The Car" t-shirt that James Brolin bought for each member of the cast and crew.  For years I tried to get this movie on video but it wasn't available.  Then I received a copy for Christmas this past year.  What memories!  Until today I didn't know The Car had any fans!  I thought we used three identical cars in filming.  They were pretty cool.  I seem to remember that the rear wheels could be turned like front wheels--it could spin tight circles in one spot.  At the end of the day when I'd go back to my apartment, I swear sometimes I could hear that car engine and that horn.


Title: The Car
Post by: AlphaWoolf on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
This is one of the best monster movies ever made!!!  This is to the 70's what "Tremors" is to the 80's.  I've seen it millions of times since I was kid and this movie's got it all - plot, characters, acting, and direction.  Slickly and seriously made, "The Car" scared the pants off me back then and it still impresses me now.  I always wanted a horn like that on my car when I grew up.  BAH B B BAAAAHHHH! B-B-B-B-B-BAAAAAHH!  


Title: The Car
Post by: nogrownups on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
Yeah, everyone looks at me strange when I say 'The Car' was an awesome movie. I read somewhere a glowing review of the movie's cinematology(?) but the story was very much lacking. I also read a fanfic about a sequel. That was worse than the orginal!
I'm on the look out for a '71 Mark III. Of course I'm going to have to explain to the wife what I am doing with it as I am cutting the top off, but I figure I can do that AFTER I buy it...


Title: The Car
Post by: Matt on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I was just 6 when "THE CAR" came on TV in australia in 1979
After the first viewing, i fell in love with this film
ALthough it does have some dull moments and some of the car scenes were sped up, i still today enjoy it and watch the Anchor bay widescreen version regularly.
Unfortunately, the anchor bay version is missing one piece of film. In the 79 TV version, after the car goes off the cliff, there is a shot of the front grille under tonnes of rock and a few seconds later you see the car begin to rise up out of the rocks. The air horns blast and then the screen goes blank and the car is seen in los angeles and the credits roll.
I posted about this on IMDB.com and many people replied back stating that they saw this as well.
The only true way to see this awesome film is in widescreen.
There is some info about the car on barris.com and i am desperate to get a 1/10 scale model of the car.
Although a very boxy design, george barris did a marvelous job on the car.
6 were built, 1 steel and 5 fibreglass
If you look carefully during the big roll over scene, one car has no drive train or exhaust and the left front wheel broke off.
Then there is a jumpcut to another car with running gear.
Not sure where the car is now but i believe it should be restored if neccessary and put in a museum or at universal studios.
The film is only 90 minutes long and more footage would of been nice.
If a sequel or remake is done, i'd love to see a futuristic version of the car made.
The first built dodge viper concept car looks like a 1990's version of the 71 lincoln on certain angles

the other day i was going through some of my uncles old car magazines and stumbled across a mint condition cinema release A4 size poster of the movie.




Title: The Car
Post by: Bill on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
God help me, I saw this in a THEATER!  It was scary then, but I was about 12.  

We kept scaring each other for months afterwards by honking the horn....beep beepbeep beeeeeep.  

Yikes.


Title: The Car
Post by: mike on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I loved this movie when I saw it as a teenager and I still do. My best friend and I went to see it at the theatre about three or four times, we couldn't get enough of it.

If anyone is interested I devoted a webpage to this movie,as far as I know it's the only one on the NET
to see it go to:

www.mikedemosite.homestead.com/THECAR.html


Title: The Car
Post by: Dawn Thorp on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid, every time it was on TV.  For some reason it fascinated me to no end.

I had not seen the movie since before I was like 10 or 11, until--lo and behold!--it happened to be on the Sci-Fi Channel just a couple days ago!  (I just turned 35.)  I couldn't believe my luck!  Revisiting childhood memories was great!

Total guilty pleasure movie!  I am a big fan of movies of all kinds, but the bad B-movies are so great!  Thanks for putting up such a great site, guys!



Title: The Car
Post by: Steve on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
No guys, I've got news for you THIS MOVIE SUCKS!!! It has no explantion, no plot, all the wrong people die, and who cares. I didn't, I was hoping Babs hu8bie would die, no such luck. OK so I rooted for thje car.


Title: The Car
Post by: DJ on November 15, 2003, 06:09:46 AM
I Love this movie! I seen it a few times on the SciFi channel, a while back. I love that car, its so cool. I was really disapointed when Lauren died! :(  She was hot. Some parts are kinda slow and alittle boring, but this movie is worth watching. I like it so much, I bought it on DVD.


Title: The Car
Post by: Morgan Hoyle-Combs on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
You know, I've been thinking, if you combined Mad Max and The Terminator with The Car, you would have a movie. A post apocalyptic, with a cyborg car, out to desrtroy one man and only one man.


Title: The Car
Post by: Morgan Hoyle-Combs on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
No Christian, actually this is what happened:

Margie comes out side when she here's a noise.

Margie: Lauren is that you?
Wade: Margie, it's Wade.
Margie: Wade? I thought you were in the hospital!
Wade: Don't come in here! Go back upstairs!
Margie: What's wrong?
Wade: Go back inside!
Margie: What?
Wade: Did you here me?! GET IN THE HOUSE!!
Margie: What is wrong Wade?!
Wade: Go back upstairs! The Car! It's in here!
Margie: Oh my god!

Magie goes back in the house.

THAT is what happened.


Title: The Car
Post by: Christian on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
It is in this movie that I heard the funniest line ever written. It's when James Brolin comes home and finds the devilsih vehicle waiting for him.

"Lauren, lock the kids in their room! The car is in the GARAGE!"


Title: The Car
Post by: Tommy on March 21, 2004, 02:07:03 PM
I am a true gearhead(Chevy)and I LOVE this movie especially for that CAR, they now offer 1/18 metal models of this car I just love it and the movie is Good also!!!!


Title: The Car
Post by: Paul Reed on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
This is a GREAT show. No everything in the world is bad just because it's cheesey.  And lets get it straight, THE CAR is set in Utah, NOT California.


Title: The Car
Post by: Car Lover on May 23, 2004, 02:26:27 PM
I looked up Santa Ynez on the computer and nothing came up for Utah. Santa Ynez is mountains in California. So which is it? Utah Or california? Also if you go to Barris.com they tell alittle about the car.


Title: The Car
Post by: Eric Bass on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
I was bored and not knowing what to look up on the web and I was looking around from where I was sitting to find anything to type in and  I looked at my THE CAR
metal body model I got at walmart and thats I got here funny isnt it
I loved the  movie  it brought back memories of a young and fun time part of my life I was 7 in 77 I didnt see at the movies I think on a UHF channel  seems like it would come on in the spring every year  well any way I liked it   by the way there is another good bad movie I would like to see and find on dvd or vhs
it came out about the same time I did see this one at the movies  and my older sister almost ripped my arm off its called (  Sasquatch  ) If anyone knows where to find one please let me know
      Thanks Eric


Title: The Car
Post by: night heron on June 28, 2004, 07:41:11 PM
Hmmmm how about THE CAR vs CHRISTINE vs HERBIE THE LOVE BUG vs CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG vs KITT(knight rider)it would end up looking like a demolesion derbie


Title: The Car
Post by: ASH on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
'The Car' rocks! First saw the movie in '92 on late night TV accidently just looking for something to watch. I was instantly hooked. I've read on a few websites that there is a sequel being planned soon. Does anybody know?


Title: The Car
Post by: Mike Menor on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM
Its one of the best car flicks ever,   I just loved your site,   but I have to ask this question,
WHEN WILL THE MAKE A SEQUAL FOR THE LOVE OF PETE!!!!!!!!

Dont change the look of the car, leave it alone,  I wonder if James Brolin would entertain a part two to this great film.    Of course a Christine 2 would really rev my motor too.    MM


Title: The Car
Post by: colonel silver on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
The best killer car movie ever! Brolin's best role since amityville.


Title: The Car
Post by: Felicity on September 30, 2004, 01:59:15 AM
Iíve never seen this movie, but it was on TV recently and I taped it to watch with my friend and fellow horror fan, Gowan.  We havenít watched it yet.  I have misgivings...itís made in the 1970s, which means a 50/50 chance of bad haircuts and clothes, and itís set in a *small town*, *in the desert*, which are both normally big red flags for me.  I donít usually enjoy movies that are set in small towns and/or the desert.  Plus, itís about a car that terrorizes people--thereís not a lot of storytelling you can do with that.  However, what Iíve read in the review proper and here in the comments section has given me hope.  I do like my horror to have plot and character development in between the gore and special effects, and did someone say Ronny Cox overacting?  Now youíve got my attention!  :-)


Title: The Car
Post by: dreibel on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
 FUTURAMA did an excellent parody of THE  CAR with their Halloween episode  "The Honking", in which Bender is turned into a werecar. Guess what form he turned into? :) Even better, Bender succumbs to the werecar curse after he's bitten by...a '58 Plymouth Fury......


Title: The Car
Post by: secef (Spell that backwards) on November 21, 2004, 12:48:46 AM
Can satan think of nothing better to do thank run hillbillies down in the middle of nowhere?!?!?!?


Title: The Car
Post by: Bill Newcott on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I was fortunate enough to attend the original press screening of The Car at the Academy theater in LA back in '77, and I still remember the truly wonderful cinematography by Gerald Hirschfield, who also shot Young Frankenstein, My Favorite Year, and Diary of a Mad Housewife. Get a hold of Anchor Bay's widescreen video release, and  see how he uses every inch of that image (especially the terrific view from under that bridge). The Car was a good example of how good filmmakers could elevate really derivative material into a minor classic.


Title: The Car
Post by: kjw on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
I am really surprised that nobody mentioned the scene where John Rubinstein is run over and run down flat as a pancake by the car while he is out on the road thumbing a ride.What is funny is how the way he reacts to the car,as if some sexy girl is driving behind the wheel,and John acts as if some girl driving the car is going to pick him up.What I think is funny in this scene is when the car picks up speed before it runs him over,and he tells the car to slow down,and then it runs him over.

I also liked the scene after John is killed where John Marley as the sherrif,goes and talks with the guy in the  house,and the guy before Marley questions him,was moments before John is killed is arguing with him.I'm talking about that old man. What was funny was when the old man says to Marley he was run down like a dog,but yet the old man wanted Rubinstein off of his property,and acted like he didn't really give two s**ts about Rubinstein.


Title: The Car
Post by: Calahan on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I saw this one yesterday on TV. I can absolutely say that this by far is not a Bad Movie. In fact it's brilliant! And i also believe that the worst b-movie from the seventies era is far far better than many of nowdays blockbusters.

Excellent cinematography. Years after Spielberg's "DUEL" and Friedkin's "EXORCIST" this movie makes a deadly combination.

saw it! loved it! bought it!
(and i live in Greece which makes a little difficult for me to track down cult films in DVD)


Title: The Car
Post by: coach on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
son Derek & I sold our actual 58 plymouth CHRISTINE camaro-chaser movie car last November... being that we are still possessed we are having our 97 lincoln limousine fabricated into THE CAR front and back...   we will be driving it to Tulsa next June 17 to see the unearthing of the 57 plymouth belvedere that was entombed 50 years ago in a time capsule...  I have found the 'HORN' ... and we hope to see some of you "THE CAR" fans there... you will know its us when you hear the 'horn' and see the black bad ass limo "CAR" with those bad ass solid wheels...  Darryl Starbird lives near us and he led me to the right folks to have this done...  


Title: The Car
Post by: Dee on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM
My brother always liked this movie. I remember watching it with him once when it was on TV back when we were kids. It was like one of those midnight showings or something. The only thing that really stands out is, if I remember correctly, is the car runs into a house & kills a women. I'd like to see it again, but I think it can be hard to find at most video stores.


Title: The Car
Post by: Zack on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
I tell you, I can't get enough of that "chilling" car horn/theme song/ battle cry/what-the-hell-ever noise the car made.  and could this movie be concievably more steriotypical concerning native americans and drunks? (some at the same time)


Title: The Car
Post by: JAMIE on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM
They should had at least done an uncut version of the film, maybe that's why it wasn't a success in so many areas. the right people were in it. they should do a remake and proberbly james brolin and ronny cox can have small roles.

the car uncut example. WOT COULDV'E BEEN.

THE CAR SLAMS SUSAN INTO THE WALL, BREAKS HER LEGSAND HAULS HER OVER. SPLAT!

THE CAR THROWS EVERET ONTO THE BONNET AND OVER EVERETT FALLS 2 GROUND.

Lauren: U KNOW WOT U ARE A CHICKEN, CHICKEN s**t, EVIL f**kIN PRICK, SCUM OF THE EARTH, SON OF b***h!"

AFTER THE DOES SOMMERSALTS ON THE 2 COP CARS, THE COP CARS SMASH INTO EACHOTHER SIDE ON, THE COPPERS SCREAM, TURN UPSIDE DOWN THEN EXPLODE.
 
WHEN THE CAR KNOCK WADE OUT, THE DOOR SLAMS SHUT AND THE CAR DISAPPERS. WADE SCRAMBLES TO HISBIKE AND CALLS DONNA.
WADE: DONNA GET ME SOME HELP RIGHT AWAY. WE HAVEN'T GOT A CRAZY ON OUR HANDS, WE'VE GOT A f**kIN MONSTER." WADE FALLS TO THE GROUND IN PAIN.

WHEN THE CAR THE DRIVES THROUGH LAURENS HUSE, THE COLLAPES. WHEN IT DRIVES OFF, IT SHOWS A BLOODIED LAUREN STRUGGLING TO FREE HERSELF FROM UNDER THE WRECKAGE BUT SHE LOOKS UP AS THE NEXT PART OF THE ROOF FALLS ON HER AND KILLS HER.

CHAZ IS DRIVING BACK 2 FETCH LAUREN, WHEN HIS CAR BEGINS TO SWAY ITS THE WIND. HE HEARS THE CAR HORN AND RUSHES TO LAURENS WHERE HE FINDS THE FRONT ROOM ABOLISHED AND LAUREN DEAD.

WHEN LUKE, AMOS AND THE OTHERS LEAVE WITH THE DINAMITE, DONNA PROCEEDS TO THE GARAGE TO FTECH THE COP CAR AS THERE IS NO ROOM IN THE TRUCK, SO SHE INTENDS TO FOLLOW THEM TO THE CANYON. BUT THE CAR SPOTS HER FIRST WHO IS PARKED UP ON THE SIDE. THE CAR DOOR OPENS AND THE SCREENS THEN GOES TO WADES GARAGE AT HIS HOME.

AS THE CAR APPROACHES WADE AND LUKE DONNA GETS THROWN OUT OF THE CAR UNCONCIOUS.

AFTER THE CAR GETS BLOWN UP AND GO TO THE EDGE OF THE CLIFF THIS HAPPENS.
"BUT IN THE FIRE I SAW...
"It's over luke, IT'S OVER.
Luke nods with relief. But donna SPRINGS A SUPRISE FOR THEM AS SHE APPERAS BEHIND THEM. THE SEVEN MEN TURN AROUND AND SEE HER SMILING AT THEM.
"WOT IS IT DONNA?"
"You thought it was over?" Donna laughs. Her eyes turns red and she starts changing.
"Holy s**t!"
a car engine noise can be heard and the screen goes black and the car horns beeps.
cue THE CAR RETURNS obvoiusly now set in LA where the ending of the car showed.


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: RichyMurillo13 on January 14, 2008, 07:41:18 PM
wow when i saw that movie it mad me think that when ever i see a black lincoln it will make me think of the movie but that must be one of the best movies in the 70's ever.


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: Nick Warren on January 11, 2009, 05:57:54 PM
Didn't this inspire Bender's WERE-CAR in FUTURAMA . . . ha ha ha. I love this movie as a guilty pleasure and have to say when my wife was living in the States before she returned to the UK and met me she wrote off a Lincoln Town Car like the one used in the movie . . . Wade should have sent for her!!!



Title: Re: The Car
Post by: phil on June 07, 2009, 10:19:39 PM
I have this movie and I admit that it sucks.  The only reason that I ever watch it is because it was filmed in my hometown of St. George, Utah.  It is kinda cool to see how the town used to look.


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: Kooshmeister on October 17, 2009, 11:09:30 PM
Regarding whether Margie is Luke's girlfriend or wife, when she's calling for help on the radio she identifies herself as "Margie Johnson." And with the clarity of DVD you can see in several scenes that Luke's nametag on his uniform says "Johnson." Ergo, Margie is Luke's wife. (Another surname revealed via these nametags is Everett's; it's Peck.)


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: tofu4one on June 04, 2010, 04:34:42 PM
Direct quote from George Barris site:

Designed for the movie "The Car" starring James Brolin. Made from a 1971 Lincoln. Fenders were 20 gauge steel shaped over the original body. The grill was hand made from square steel tubing. 4 bumpers made from heavy 18 gauge steel. Seven inch single headlights sunk behind the grill and fender. Body was raised to upper doorline. Four radius wheel wells around a six inch reverse deep chrome wheels and Goodrich tires.

Top was chopped 4 inches with all black transparent windows. Full body roll bars installed over and around stunt driver. A steel tube canon was installed on passenger side which had a telephone pole inside and steel cap which housed dynamite and black powder. When the stunt man rolled the car he would trigger the tube telephone pole by igniting the dynamite which drove the pole into the ground and roll the car 5 times. Finished with 20 coats of black pearl lacquer. A total of four were made.


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: delta 88 on September 24, 2010, 01:02:58 PM
The movie is a classic, people try to put too much realism and logic in there mind in reviews.

If a wind passed by you at night, and I creeded up behing you and blasted out the evil sounding horn you'd s**t your pants right there.

saw the movie at the drive inn was so cool!


Title: Re: The Car
Post by: Tallowyck on August 30, 2012, 10:09:13 PM
 :thumbdown:   Andy?  You s**t the bed on this one.  The Car is high-octane fun.