THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE CAR (1977)

#189 is thanks to Bob Beaucheane and Regina Deavitt Beaucheane, who gifted us the DVD of this film, a guilty pleasure of mine for many years - The Car (1977). This is an enjoyable bad movie, one I take as a very black comedy in spots. The sleepy desert town of Santa Ynez wakes up to the death of a traveling French horn player (!), who was run over by a mysterious car. Soon, the bikers who were offed in the film's opening sequence are found. The sheriff (John Marley) is run... over in front of the police station, leaving Wade (James Brolin) in charge. The Car can roll itself over and crush police cars without getting a scratch. It can plow through houses (in one of its sillier scenes) and it can even appear in your garage and start spewing carbon monoxide! One thing it won't do is enter a graveyard (deputy Ronny Cox tells us "it's hallowed ground"). The Car, a customized 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, was built by George Barris, who built a number of memorable TV cars including the original Batmobile, the Monkeemobile, KITT (from Knight Rider) and even the Wagon Queen Family Truckster for National Lampoon's Vacation. The Car is dumb silly fun.

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