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Rated PG
Copyright 1974 Salt-Pan Films.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Arthur - Little wormy guy who is adopted by the citizens of Paris after a bad accident.
  • Mayor - Leading the city of vultures.
  • George - Arthur's brother, killed within the first few minutes.
  • Dr. Midland - Crazy doc who experiments on patients, uses a power drill at times.
  • Darryl - Young ruffian with quite a hat, likes playing with the patients at the clinic who come in four flavors to him. (Full veggie, 3/4 veggie, 1/2 veggie, and 1/4 veggie) He get's smashed in a car by Arthur.
  • Rev Mulray - Catholic Priest who is shot by the town idiot.
  • The Cars that Ate Paris - Driven by the town's crazy youth, the most interesting is a VW covered in spikes.

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The Plot: 

This movie is terrible, I hate it. I hate Peter Weir who directed it and would like him to know that I wish to kick his ass.* For whatever reason you made this film it utterly destroys the merits you tried to reclaim with "Dead Poet's Society" - you are sick man and will spend eternity in Hell being raped by demonic 57 Chevys for this. Now that I'm finished ranting about the director we can get some tidbits on this movie. The Paris in question is in Australia which sent me warning signals immediately. So anyway, this damn town makes it's living by running travelers off the road and then stripping the cars of parts and luggage. George and Arthur are one set of victims, the latter surviving to be adopted by the mayor. The town's youth are the antagonists, being wild and chaotic creatures who finally go on a rampage in their cars after which Arthur leaves, end of story. In this plot there are numerous possibilities for genius and cool gore scenes but they never surface, ever. A doctor with a drill and we see jack, cars rolling down hills - it's like watching "The Worst of Cops" for goodness sake, and a VW covered in spikes which gets one person.

* Threats to kick Peter Weir's ass are made in the name of comic relief. (This is what too many lawyers get's you - me having to make statements like this, what ever happened to common sense?)

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Always make sure the lugnuts on your wheels are tight.
  • Australian people transport calves around in the trunks of their cars (that's right - a young cow).
  • Recent accident victims should not be given word association exercises involving pictures of messy accidents.
  • Mentally retarded people will try to eat hood ornaments.
  • Parking Superintendent is a powerful position in rural towns.
  • The occupants of a mental ward do not belong at a town ball.
  • Fighting cars with a chair is a losing proposition.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 2 mins - What is this a cigarette ad? A Coca-Cola ad? A cigarette ad? A Jiffy-Lube ad?
  • 7 mins - What happened? It was too dark to see.
  • 10 mins - A power drill with a Red Cross symbol on it?
  • 30 mins - THIS MOVIE SUCKS!
  • 32 mins - If you're so scared of cars why did you get in one with a broken door lock?
  • 53 mins - Did a tiger just growl?
  • 60 mins - Feeling weak, movie sucks, sick to stomach, having delusions of Peter Weir shaking hands with Adolf Hitler...
  • 64 mins - Hey, this is the same scene we saw as a picture like 45 minutes ago?
  • 75 mins - I would not sit on the hood of that car.
  • 87 mins - Why the hell is a French woman singing anyway?
  • End of movie - Cannot move my legs, Rosebud...

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note carsate1.wav Mayor: "As to our youth, they are idle, they are lazy, they need to work!"
Green Music Note carsate2.wav Dr. Midland: "You're a very, very sick man."
Green Music Note carsate3.wav Darryl: "Well you ever seen a bloke with a foot up his nose?"
Green Music Note carsate4.wav This strange chant the townspeople make, it involves almost every Australian word I can think of.

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Video Clipcarsate1.mpg - 2.1m
It is time to watch the Killer VW of Doom make roadkill, just be thankful that the cars finally slew someone. Even if the remarkable example of German engineering didn't sprout a gaping maw to devour victims as the cover promised (in an obscure sort of way).

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The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #1. Posted on November 11, 1998, 07:47:23 PM by
This movie fell into my hands, packaged with such brash claims as "They Run On Human Blood..." etc. I could barely keep from choking on my own rage when I realized no people were actually going to be eaten by cars.
   However, this vain hope kept me sane during the 77 minutes of horror, chanting "Eat him, eat him, eat him..." whenever a car and a person appeared in the same shot. Pure hell.
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #2. Posted on November 13, 1998, 12:01:33 AM by
Oh man, I would jump <I>RIGHT ON</I> a movie concerning cars physically eating people.  I'd be all about that.  Sentient cars, bent on rampant human consumption... pure B-movie heaven.
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #3. Posted on March 15, 2003, 05:48:42 PM by malcolm kaksois
This is without any doubt the best film ever made..
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #4. Posted on May 02, 1999, 12:44:43 AM by haknort@webtvnet
Peter Weir has only made one good movie, and this ain't it.
Neither are any of his other films.
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #5. Posted on June 27, 1999, 02:43:14 PM by
I will never forget this movie.  My parents took me to see this in Hawaii when I was in 3rd grade (I'm going to be in 12th in the fall.)  It scared the crap out of me!!!!  However, even back then as a little girl I could tell this movie sucked!  Thanks, though, for the review!  I never really remembered what this movie was about, all I remembered was the cars running off the cliffs and the spiked VW.  I kind of want to find this movie some where and watch it again, just for kicks!
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #6. Posted on August 23, 1999, 08:34:10 AM by
I saw this horrible movie years ago, but it was called "The Cars that Eat People". The differnet title didn't make it any better. Though the dance hall scene is sort of a classic scene only exceeded in boredom quality by the graduation dance scene in "The Deer Hunter".
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #7. Posted on November 19, 1999, 10:19:19 AM by
Before seeing this site i didn't think there would be anything on the net that explored 'cars' so much. I was about to start my own site dedicated to the film, of which one doesn't yet exist.How the hell can you rip into this film so much and then make the effort of providing us with sound and video clips.This film, along with 'picnic', is the only Weir film that contains a hint of real substance.The contrast between peace and intense fear reminds us of a possible Polanski influence, colliding with Weir's own surrealist approach. With such limited resources, as seen with the blatant product placement, I think 'The Cars That Ate Paris' is a commendable debut and is always a great film to watch when you're off your f**king face.
The Cars that Ate Paris
Reply #8. Posted on March 28, 2000, 10:08:27 AM by Thomas Piesbergen
I loved this movie. Isn't it great that this nice young man is able get rid of his car-phobia and is able do drive again, in the end? One of the greatest films for car-hating people. Just as 'Le Trafic' of Jaques Tati.
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