The Wraith
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This supernatural teen action film is about a strange reincarnation with the emphasis on "car." Young Jamie is killed by the evil Packard (Nick Cassavetes) and his gang of thugs because Jamie was caught romancing Keri (Sherilyn Fenn), Packard's girlfriend. Suddenly "the Wraith" -- a black turbo racing car shows up to challenge Packard (sounds like a Detroit auto duel) whose livelihood comes from stealing cars. What happens next is an endless series of car chases as Packard's gang of punks start to bite the dust, one by one. Then Jake (Charlie Sheen) comes into town… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 27%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The town (comprising one house, a burger joint and no citizen who isn't a teenager or a cop) is overseen by Sheriff Randy Quaid, who displays all the reverence the script deserves."
‑ , Time Out
"A big glop of low-budget Hollywood cheese, sliced from half a dozen other movies. Still, as a piece of '80s zeitgeist, it offers something of a glimpse into the national psyche of the time - not to mention the feather hairdos and jean jackets."
‑ Christopher Lloyd, Sarasota Herald-Tribune
"This movie makes no sense."
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"Mr. Cassavetes is effectively black-hearted, and makes a striking figure, and Randy Quaid does a lot with the underdeveloped role of a local sheriff."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A ridiculous mishmash of drag racing, ghosts, and science fiction."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An enjoyably trashy sci-fi/car racing action movie."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"There is all too little of the quietly charismatic Sheen and all too much of Cassavetes, who is a dead ringer for the young Hugh Hefner."
‑ Paul Attanasio, Washington Post
"An imaginative, thrilling piece"
‑ Clint Morris, Film Threat
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