Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films
Hell's Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003)

As the 1950s drew to a close, high school hygiene films and VD cautionary tales gave birth to another, far more graphic sort of fear-inducing curriculum: the driver's-ed movie. Bearing such titles as Signal 30, The Third Killer, Wheels… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
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Janice Page
Boston Globe

Maybe the next best thing to putting 'Deadman's Curve' on the turntable and cranking up the volume.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

An unfunny comedy and somewhat murky exposť.

MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Wood delights in exposing the rubbernecking roots of these lurid films...

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

Someday, perhaps, someone will make a documentary of Volvo commercials and Consumers Union test-drive videos, but I doubt it will be as unnerving -- or as much fun -- as Hell's Highway.

Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Winds up functioning no differently than the disgraceful, despicable films it scrutinizes.

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Jake Euker

The real highlights in Hell's Highway are the driver's ed scare films themselves, and [director] Wood has presented a generous sampling of often flabbergasting clips.

Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Director Bret Wood -- no relation to Ed -- sketches the fascinating history of Wayman's highway safety films.

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

The interviews with Prelinger are especially smart, discussing the ideological agendas frequently lurking in 'educational' materials.

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Rod Granger
Film Journal International

How effective were the highway safety films in stopping accidents? Opinions differ. How effective is Hell's Highway in curing you of ever wanting to see another one? Completely.

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