Oct. 14, 2008, 1:52 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:03 a.m. CST
Now I know why I've never heard of The Wraith before. ;)
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:05 a.m. CST
I really can't wait for you to get to that one man. The less you know about it going in...the better...I really adore that flick.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:14 a.m. CST
Is one of my fave 80's flicks. Used to love this back in the day, watching horror movies with my cousins. Think I discovered this little trashy gem on the same day I discovered Halloween. We were doing a horror movie night and these two were part of our video rentals. Not a bad night in huh?
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:16 a.m. CST
...And I have to come back just in time for this one? Actually, not that bad of movie but completely forgettable save for the actors involved. I just always saw it as a weak remake of High Plains Drifter.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:18 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
And Randy Quaid.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:23 a.m. CST
by Lost Jarv
fuck's sake. It just jumped to the top of my "Must see" list.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:24 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
I read about it in Car & Driver and then it showed up in this. 1986, when people still went to Auto shows.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:25 a.m. CST
by vic twenty
Shit's got K-K-K-KICK!
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:40 a.m. CST
...much better name.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:44 a.m. CST
I watched this on Cinemax when I was like 9 playing with my LEGOs.
Oct. 14, 2008, 3:02 a.m. CST
I saw this years ago, probably in Middle School or early High school and watched it regularly for two reasons Sherrlyn and the Dodge. my copy was on a tape recorded off of HBO which for some reason never had the title on it, and my aunt, who had recorded it for me, labeled it "Street Hawk" so I always thought it was a varient of that name, anyways great stupid no sense making, low budget flick<P>I always interperted the end as being somehow alien related, liek the aliens ressurrected Charlie Sheen, Crow Style, so he could extract his revenge on Nick Cassavettes and get the girl
Oct. 14, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST
It doesn't make any sense, but sometimes movies don't have to. See, some things fail so badly that they win. This is one of those films. You must rent it and watch it, while drinking with friends.
Oct. 14, 2008, 3:34 a.m. CST
I have a nostalgic soft spot for this silly movie too. The $7 DVD in the States I found was in fullscreen format only. The Japanese Region 2 DVD is in widescreen though. The Japanese title is [i]Shokei Raidaa[/i] which translates as "[i]Execution Rider[/i]". How strong does nostalgia have to be though to get somebody to spend $30 on a DVD that will only play on a region-free player?
Oct. 14, 2008, 4 a.m. CST
I love this movie! Yeah, it's a piece of shit, but it's great fun, up there with 80's classics like Trick or Treat, The Gate, The Stuff, Ghoulies, My Science Project, No Retreat, No Surrender etc. I grew up on this stuff. Awesome soundtrack too. Stan Bush, Lion, Tim Feehan. Hey, if they can remake Red Dawn, surely a Wraith remake can't be far behind.
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:25 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
Don't get me wrong, Quint calls it correctly: this is a shit movie. But it is THE classic example of a movie that's so shit it's great. The opening sequence is all kinds of awesome, the Wraith's car is just spectacular, the SFX are okay, and the characters are just bugnuts. Not one iota of this movie makes any sense, yet I absolutely love it. And the VHS cover is all metallic shiny stuff - just beautiful. Up there with the CELLAR DWELLERS and the FROM BEYONDS as a movie which is great, but in no way as great as their VHS box covers.<P> Jarv, as a purveyor of so-shit-it's-great movies, I thinks you'll enjoy this one.<P> Long time no see, by the way ;D
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:30 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
You know, I always thought the series STREET HAWK (the guy with the bike that could do 300 mph and was in no way similar AT ALL to KINGHT RIDER) felt a lot like THE WRAITH. To complete a trilogy of fantastic cheesy 80s super-machine fun, watch THE WRAITH, then STREET HAWK's pilot movie, then the Jeffrey Combs pilot-movie-that-never-made-it-to-series (well it feels like it anyway) CYCLONE, complete with amazingly overcomplicated superbike, Tangerine Dream score (which after their score for STREET HAWK was suddenly de rigeur for all super-machine series), Jeffrey Combs as a geek designer who pulls Heather Thomas (from THE FALL GUY), and Heather Thomas' tits.<P> That's it. This weekend is shit-but-great 80s super-machine pilot movies day at Casa De Spud. It's a very specific niche, but one that's vastly under-rated :D
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:31 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
By God, it sounds like we had the same childhood! We're privileged to have grown up in the VHS boom - the shite they're grinding out for kids these days is just appalling. Platinum Dunes, MIRRORS, all the J-horror US reduxes... just UGH.
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:33 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
Hey, all I wants is a Clint Howard / Mike Marvin / Nick Cassavetes commentary. And a complete documentary just on the Dodge. That completes my requests for the Special Edition DVD, wihich should be here RIGHT F~*@ING NOW!!!
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:35 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
All this love for THE WRAITH, people buying Japanese imports, scouring auto shows to see the Dodge... and for decades I thought I was the only one who actually enjoyed this shit. Great to be here, basking in the warm glow of 80s nostalgia :D
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:37 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
Yeesh. That film still gives me the chills. And that scene in the hospital...<P> Absolutely horrible, in all the right ways. Quint won't know what hit him...
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:41 a.m. CST
by hank quinlan
The fucking Wraith! The Wraith! How many times did I watch this movie as a kid. I wanted it to be awesome so bad. And it wasn't But hey, I loved it anyways!
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:45 a.m. CST
by Darth Mulder
...was always a favorite of mine(and not just for Fenn's nude scene).In fact, I've thought for a long time that "The Crow" was almost a complete rip-off of "The Wraith".Hell, Even one of the gang members in "The Crow" is named "Skank".
Oct. 14, 2008, 6:23 a.m. CST
by Mr Nicholas
Oct. 14, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST
I couldn't help thinking how much it reminded me of The Wraith. Christ, isn't there a character called Skank in The Crow as well?<P>Oh Quint, I thought Clint Howard's line in Ticks was 'I'm infested.' Either way he really sells it.
Oct. 14, 2008, 7:19 a.m. CST
by I Dunno
...is the only thing I processed from that.
Oct. 14, 2008, 7:22 a.m. CST
I should probably have read the talkback, that way I would have avoided my almost word-for-word repeat of your post. Glad to see I'm not alone though.
Oct. 14, 2008, 7:43 a.m. CST
Also one of my favorites from the 80's - I own a copy that I picked up in some 3/$10 bin at Wallymart (to make it even weirder/cheesier it's in a non-standard slim, clear hard case). Definitely zeroed in on my car fetish (hahaha, I actually owned a Dodge Daytona turbo at the time!).
Oct. 14, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
I think he's going to be pretty surprised too. I'm looking forwards to his take on it. I picked it up back on VHS, not having any idea what it was...and man it just knocked me out. Dead and Buried is a GREAT movie.
Oct. 14, 2008, 8:38 a.m. CST
When I was a kid I loved this movie. "Shit has some kick!"
Oct. 14, 2008, 8:54 a.m. CST
Sherilyn Fenn's tittays.
Oct. 14, 2008, 9:01 a.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2008, 9:02 a.m. CST
were a couple growing up because they did so many movies together. Apparently, that was not the case.
Oct. 14, 2008, 9:49 a.m. CST
How "dare" you mention the soundtrack and not "touch" on the legendary Stan Bush? Though it will be a "fight to survive," I will "never surrender" until his legendary work is recognized in the battle of "heart vs head."
Oct. 14, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST
and now my kids love it. It is what it is, don't knock it just kick back and enjoy the fact that it exists.
Oct. 14, 2008, 11:15 a.m. CST
Bartel was gay as they come (no pun intendend). But they did make a nice married couple in Chopping Mall.
Oct. 14, 2008, 11:26 a.m. CST
by spud mcspud
You're all absolutely right. And despite THE CROW and THE WRAITH being two of my favourite movies, I never saw that similarity.<P> The first sequence where you see the lightning then the Dodge for the first time... my God, THE WRAITH was amazing up to that point! But then the actors appear. And it all goes crap/brilliant... what a wonderful movie. Never have so many enjoyed so much for so little reason.<P> Oh, and THE CROW rocked. Fantastic movie. Must dig it out for Hallowe'en :D
Oct. 14, 2008, 12:48 p.m. CST
Oct. 14, 2008, 1:19 p.m. CST
That's the whole reason I watched this movie over and over and over again when I was a teen. Thems some nice tats!
Oct. 14, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST
by Quake II
The Wraith was filmed on the outskirts of Tucson (including the winding roads leading up to the Mount Lemmon ski resort). The water scenes were filmed at Sabino Canyon (far east side of town). The only real scenes shot within the city was the street chase downtown. So "technically" it was filmed in Tucson...Just not IN Tucson. And yeah, the movie is "ok" 80's entertainment.
Oct. 14, 2008, 1:50 p.m. CST
Blimey, I don't remember Sherilyn Fenn being in this? <p>The only thing I remembered about this film was the Interceptor (of course) <p>Damn, even 20-odd years later, that car looks sick! <p>Dodge, if you want an instant boost in your finances, put that sucker into production and call it a Turbo Interceptor (I don't even care if it has a turbo, just the name is cool enough!) <p>Oh and if I were you Mr Dodge CEO, I'd get your legal team on the phone and sue the ass of Ferrari, cos an F40 looks mighty close to a TI.
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:23 p.m. CST
Dude, my boss is wondering why I said "Holy GOD, you're right!" in a loud voice when I wasn't talking with anyone... Very interesting, what with the Skank reference and the plotlines for both movies. Never thought of it before. <br> Also, for some reason, when this was played on television in the Philippines in the late 80's, it was called "Black Moon Rising II". They even had a very badly-cut-in title screen that took the place of the "The Wraith" title screen. But I still love this movie, for some really stupid and godawful reason. What reason that is, I don't know. All I can say is that I remember that this was where I picked up the phrase "We'll beat him like a redheaded stepchild!". Great flick!!
Oct. 14, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST
you claim not to know exactly what the "Wraith" is. The movie is basically a thematic rip-off of High Plains Drifter. Dead guy returns to town as a ghost to revenge-kill everyone responsible for his death. The only thing is he doesn't physically look like the same guy who died. Looks different, but same guy. The Wraith is basically the same deal.
Oct. 14, 2008, 3:31 p.m. CST
As I see the headline of Quint deconstructing one of my all-time guilty pleasure movies from the 80s. Everytime some friends of mine play this game, I say "The Wraith." And it's guaranteed that at least a few people who are playing have never heard of it. Hot cars, Fenn boobs, great music, ridiculous one-liners - it's impossible not to like. Bravo Quint.
Oct. 14, 2008, 5:01 p.m. CST
get a remake from Mikey Bay? 3. 2. 1.
Oct. 14, 2008, 6:25 p.m. CST
by Paul T. Ryan
The premise makes no sense whatsover (and a stuntman was killed during production, just further those Crow similarities) but its demented 80's fun. And Sherylin Fenn gets em' out. So all is good.
Oct. 14, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST
Ah, the 80's... When Rick Mears, Al Unser Jr, Mario Andretti and more drove the Indy circuit, and auto racing wasn't just a redneck sport. The PPG Pace Cars for those races were concept cars, and pretty kick ass ones, driven by a female driving team. In the lead-ups to the races themselves, you could get a test lap ride in the cars around the speedway, and while I'm sure they didn't break 100mph or even come close, that's still a great way to see any racetrack. "The Wraith" is probably the only movie in my lifetime where I specifically searched it out because it was going to be starring a *car* that I was a fan of, after getting to see in at the races. Of course, after seeing this movie, that's probably reason enough to avoid searching out another one.
Oct. 14, 2008, 6:38 p.m. CST
Clint could pull off Kim Il Sung...who knew?
Oct. 14, 2008, 6:45 p.m. CST
by The Amazing G
sounds like a fun 80's movies and like Jello there's always room for that
Oct. 14, 2008, 7:30 p.m. CST
I meant Kim Jong-Il. Heck, it's Clint, so He could pull them both off, and throw in Kim Philby and Kim Darby.
Oct. 15, 2008, 12:53 p.m. CST
I always say "The Wraith". and, true it's one of those so bad it's good 80's nostalgia trips, I still love it. Fenn was beautiful (and tan, unlike most of her appearances). The car was awesome, and the bad guys straight out of a bad comic. i was elated a few years ago to find it in the $5.00 bin at wal-Mart after thinking a DVd didn't even exist. I bought 2 copies.
Oct. 15, 2008, 3:49 p.m. CST
A really really bad cheapo ripoff. But it was cool to watch on cable in the middle of the night years ago. gfy
Oct. 15, 2008, 5:46 p.m. CST
Best things about the film were the revenge elements, the car and Sherilyn Fenn's ripe tits on display.
Oct. 15, 2008, 5:53 p.m. CST
1) Theatrical version didn't show Fenn's fantastic mams; they cut away before before they popped out. 2) UK version is Widescreen and the company who put it out domestically gave us a crappy full frame version, but retained the longer Fenn scenes. Where's a MERIDIAN DVD when you need it?
Oct. 15, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST
Yes it's cheap, yes it's plot is recycled, but it still has its charm(s)--including Fenn's body parts. The idea of the car and the lightning may also come from "Back To The Future", which came out July 1985.-----later-----m
Jan. 19, 2010, 3:55 p.m. CST
Forgive my Lazarus approach at resurecting dead topics, but there was so much feedback on here, i couldn't keep from posting it. The car lives, we're rebuilding one of the original movie interceptors. Check our website.
Feb. 11, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST
Feb. 15, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST
so I'll finally be able to see it, I don't know if it's widescreen though