The Car
The Car (1977)

A killer car, fueled by demonic power, runs amok through the Detroit streets in this horror film.

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1977
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score
21%
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User Score
51%



Critic Score: 21% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

There's nothing under the surface either, no pattern or primitive fear mechanism guiding the car. What you see is what you get, and it deserves to be thrown back.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The performances are terrible -- thin and overwrought in the manner of actors trying to improvise without an idea in their heads.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Good score, OK crash sequences, and lots of unintentional laughs are the only reasons to sit through this movie.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

As silly as it sounds, but strangely dull.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The film eventually grows tedious, and the climactic showdown is truly awful.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

silly horror classic

Tom Milne
Time Out

Interminably drawn out, with some good special effects but its characters hauled straight out of the cracker-barrel, it has nowhere near the same minatory charge as Spielberg's Duel.

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Dustin Putman
TheBluFile.com

"Jaws" ripoff or not, "The Car" succeeds at making a vehicle just as threatening as any psychopath or killer shark. It's no "Duel," to be sure, but it's pretty solid all the same.

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Film4

The action centres on a remote Midwestern town where a demonic driverless car terrorizes motorists, pedestrians and, in one of the film's genuinely scary moments, cyclists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
It took three screenwriters (Michael Butler, Dennis Shryack and Lane Slate) to postulate the malevolent sentience of a motor vehicle? Anyway, The Car is a… More
Aj V
A not so great movie, but it's entertaining anyway. The plot is very simple, and the story is kind of bare, and silly too. Even so, it was fun to watch.
Tim Salmons
One of the most bizarre films I've ever seen dialogue-wise. The Car is a bit of a take on the killer car genre, which includes Duel and later Christine.… More
Lanning : )
I'd heard about this over the years, but it sounded a little hokey. Finally ran across it, and, yes, it is pretty hokey, but it's really not bad,… More
Alex roy
The Car is a pretty good Horror film involving a possessed car terrorizing a small town. This film came a few years after Steven Spielberg's similar Horror… More
El Hombre Invisible
Opening with a quote from the irrelevant Anton La Vey, The Car looks like what someone would have come up with after seeing the success of Duel and Jaws, and… More