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THE CAR - 2 Slimes
Rated PG
Copyright 1983 Palo Ato Productions Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Wade - James Brolin! A tough, yet tender, southern California lawman who never wears a helmet when riding his motorcycle.
  • Luke - Alcoholic deputy who managed to stay off the sauce for two years, until this darn car made him drink again.
  • Lauren - Wade's girlfriend, she grabs men by the scrotum as a negotiating tactic. (I'm being literal here.) Tries out for the human speedbump position.
  • Chas - American Indian deputy who manages to reinforce every stereotype in the book.
  • Amos - Nasty old man who beats his wife, ends up saving the town by blowing the car sky high.
  • Everett - He certainly lived a full life before stopping like a deer in those headlights.
  • Margie - Luke's girlfriend or wife, she appears to have torpedoes in her bra.
  • Wade's Daughters - Cute little buttons who wanted Lauren to be their new mommy.
  • The Car - If Satan was going to build a street rod...

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The Plot: 

Why the Lord of Evil would choose a small town in southern California (Read into this: desert.) to terrorize with a custom musclecar is beyond me, maybe he just does dumb things at times. The fear campaign proceeds quite well and soon the sprawling town (Population: 40 or so.) is paralyzed, even their amazing police force can't help. Why they needed ten deputies is beyond me anyway, was this place colonized by Hell's Angels or something? Even a tank would have a hard time stopping this car though, at one point it is faced with two patrol cars. Amazingly it turns and begins flipping, rolling over and squashing them before driving off. (The wonders of special effects, or maybe just having two cars and a jumble on the editing room floor.) Everyone struck by the car becomes a fatality, despite the fact that it never runs over them, instead propelling them through the air like some strange tennis ball machine that shoots humans vice tennis balls. Only Wade's ingenious plan saves the day, after luring the car into a canyon they get it to drive off a cliff and then set off dynamite charges, burying the cursed thing under a tomb of rock. There are plenty of scenes with the wheeled antagonist featured, but the movie has some annoying dead sections.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Demonic automobiles see the world through a red filter.
  • It's okay to beat a woman in California, just so long as she is your wife.
  • Falling three hundred feet onto sharp rocks will not blemish a body.
  • It is easy for a car to sneak up on someone in the open desert.
  • Kids and horses can outrun a car.
  • Never call Satan a chickenship son of a bitch.
  • Cars have gas tanks on the roof.
  • Young women would not make good speedbumps.
  • Silver, holy water, the cross, and dynamite shall be your proof against evil.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - Why does it have a truck horn?
  • 7 mins - The car just hit the back tire on that kid's bike, he'd have gone under the car and been ground to mush, not bumped over the bridge.
  • 28 mins - What is in the weapons locker? Shotguns and a fire extinguisher of course.
  • 42 mins - True horror: watching a middle school marching band practice.
  • 45 mins - How incredibly stupid of him... ...oh well, he's trampled.
  • 53 mins - If I didn't know better I'd say they filmed the cars doing twenty or so and then sped up the film.
  • 67 mins - Watch how Chas is driving, this must be a really winding road.
  • 70 mins - Why did the highway dead end in her backyard?
  • 93 mins - It's the Rolling Stones and they're on fire!

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note thecar1.wav Deputy: "She said there was no driver in the car."
Green Music Note thecar2.wav Lauren taunting the car.
Green Music Note thecar3.wav Wade: "Looked like he smashed through our cars like he was stomping bugs. I didn't even see a scratch on him."
Green Music Note thecar4.wav Luke: "That car flew into that house four feet off the ground! And how did he know where she lived?"

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 Watch a sceneVIDEOMPEG video files 

Video Clipthecar1.mpg - 2.2m
Watch in horror as the screaming vehicle bears down on unsuspecting children! I think band practice is probably over for today.

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The Car
Reply #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by IRIE
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!!

The Car
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Rob Heiser
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...
The Car
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Casper
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.
The Car
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by KwaK
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.
The Car
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by AlphaWoolf
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!  
The Car
Reply #30. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by nogrownups
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...
The Car
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Matt
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 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 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.

The Car
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Bill
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.  

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