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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Car (1977)

This one is typical 70's far and I don't mean that in a good sense.  It feels more like a T.V. movie of the week rather than a feature film.  The Car spots plenty of cliches and is predictable from the opening scene.  There are a number of holes in the plot as well.  If you like the demon-possessed car theme, I suggest you spend your time with two films from the 1980's The Wraith (1986) and Christine (1983).  The former has Charlie Sheen going for it.  The latter is a Stephen Kind adaptation which is almost always a good thing, especially in terms of storytelling.
The car is not a bad film.  It's not a good film either.  The acting, direction, cinematography and music are solid.  The problem lies with the plot which is neither interesting nor frightening.  I won't belabor the point.  You can skip this one altogether.  Even veteran actors such as James Brolin and Ronny Cox cannot save this film from its lack of of excitement and originality.  I expect greatness from Universal Studios.  This one does not deliver the goods.
As a weird side note, Satanist Anton LaVey was the "creative consultant" for this film.  Too bad they didn't speak to either John Carpenter or Stephen King instead!
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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