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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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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 #41. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Paul Reed
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.
The Car
Reply #42. Posted on May 23, 2004, 02:26:27 PM by Car Lover
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 they tell alittle about the car.
The Car
Reply #43. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Eric Bass
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
The Car
Reply #44. Posted on June 28, 2004, 07:41:11 PM by night heron
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
The Car
Reply #45. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by ASH
'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?
The Car
Reply #46. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Mike Menor
Its one of the best car flicks ever,   I just loved your site,   but I have to ask this question,

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
The Car
Reply #47. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by colonel silver
The best killer car movie ever! Brolin's best role since amityville.
The Car
Reply #48. Posted on September 30, 2004, 01:59:15 AM by Felicity
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!  :-)
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