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- Apr 4, 2017
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The Car: Road to Revenge
It’s not an uncommon practice for the DTV market to make sequels to films that have long since been in the rear view mirror of most buyers. Although I must say, it’s a bit less unique when the film in question is over 42 years old! 1977’s The Car is a cult horror/sci-fi film that is a fun bit of escapism entertainment about a “maybe” possessed car that terrorizes a small desert town. It has elements of Christine and a few other car movies thrown into the mix, but it’s seriously goofy fun, and had some really great effects for the times. Fast forward 42 years and we have a sequel/reboot in name only, directed by the guy who did Death Race 2050 (one of the worst movies of 2017) and the writer of Werewolf: The Beast Among Us. So yeah, lets just say that expecting very much from the film may leave you rather disappointed.
The Car was a low budget horror movie about a possessed car who wasn’t exactly the nicest of cars. Ok, lets cut to the chase, it was an evil car that enjoyed hunting down and murdering people, end of story. The Car: Road to Revenge is a bit of a different bird. I know I shouldn’t give spoilers away, but this is not exactly a highly intelligent film that leaves you wanting secrets held back. In fact, it’s one of the most hilariously blunt and simple films I’ve ever seen. This time the car is possessed by the spirit of a murdered district attorney (Jamie Bamber of Battlestar Galactica fame) who gets thrown out of a window onto his car by a cyber punk group of criminals known as “The Night”. However, his spirit finds it’s way INTO the car (yeah I was already chuckling at this point) and the two are reborn as a single unit.
Full of fuel, high on fumes, and completely over the top with NOS, the newly awakened car goes on a killing rampage. But unlike the original movie, it doesn’t kill for pleasure or ill gain. Instead it acts as a one man (or should I say car) vigilante who is on a mission to hunt down and kill all those who wronged him in his past life. This includes helping the police capture “The Night” as well as deal out some much desired revenge for his death.
Set pieces are cheap and flimsy, so much so that I actually was belly laughing at the “souped up” car (which is just a basic Chrysler 300 with a cheapo body job taped to it). You can actually see the Lamborghini style doors flopping like they’re made of cardboard when they open, and the actual CGI of certain scenes is so bad that you can see the outline of the props around the CGI. As a movie this is a just a train wreck of epic proportions, but combine the cyber punk elements with the stupidly serious take on the script, and I was simply dying of laughter before the first 30 minutes were up.
Not Rated by the MPAA
The Car: Road to Revenge is simply an awful film that’s only redeeming feature is that it is the type of movie that you would watch with a bunch of friends to MST3K to death. The acting is just painful, the dialog stilted, and the special effects are straight off the set of a budget 1970s Roger Corman film. I honestly had a little bit of fun with the movie, but it really needs about 3-4 shots of your favorite hard liquor to actually have any sort of fun with, otherwise you just end up clawing your face off trying to get through it. The audio and video for the Universal encoded DVD are acceptable, but there are ZERO special features (not that anyone truly wanted to get into the nitty gritty details of how this abomination was mad, but hey). Hilariously AWFUL watch.
Starring: Micah Balfour, Jamie Bamber, Nina Bergman, Grant Bowler, Nathan Cooper, Ronny Cox, Burt Grinstead
Directed by: G.J. Echternkamp
Written by: Michael Tabb
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 MPEG2
Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:English SDH, Spanish
Runtime: 89 Minutes
DVD Release Date: January 8th 2019
Recommendation: Hilariously Awful