The Wraith

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When the most revolutionary car anyone has ever seen shows up to race the local gang of car loving thieves, no one expects anything other than a new speed freak, but when the gang starts dying off one by one with their eyes completely burned out, some began to think that this may just be the spirit of vengeance come to show the thieves the meaning of justice.

This movie pisses me off like nothing else. No, it’s not a bad movie at all, in fact, quite the opposite, it’s really a great movie. Why does it piss me off then? I’ll tell you dear reader. Have you ever tried to get a license as a member of the living dead? No, well then you’re lucky because they won’t give licenses to those who have already died, regardless of whether or not they’re still walking around. Here is the most bad ass car I’ve ever seen and all I can think the whole time is “I’ll never be able to drive that, never”. Oh well, at least the lady at DMV made for a good meal.

Our fast racing movie of the night starts off with a strange light in the sky that coalesces into a car like no other. As the car speeds off, we are shown a couple driving down a dark road when a pack of cars (is pack the right word, I’m not sure here) stop them in the middle of the dry Arizona dessert. It turns out our unlucky lovers have had the misfortune of running into a gang of car junkies in souped up speedsters who like to race those who cross their paths. The Stakes? Should the traveler lose said race, he or she must then forfeit their car over to the gang. After the race (in which the gang gets yet another addition to their garage) we switch to a young man (Charlie Sheen looking like he just stepped out of an 80’s music video) who arrives in town at the same time as the mysterious super car. It is in the next few scenes that we are given a little back story on Packard (the leader of the car gang) and the still under investigation murder of a man that was in love with Packard’s “girl”, a woman who wants nothing to do with the brutish gang leader and his wonderful group of friends with names such as Oggie, Gutterboy, Skank, Rughead, and Minty. Luckily, we don’t have to wait too much longer for the carnage to begin as the mysterious car from the beginning shows up to challenge Packard and his gang of miscreants. The gang sends one of their own to race against him, but the tables are turned when the mysterious car turns out to not only be far superior to anything they have but ends up killing its challenger as well, completely destroying the challenger’s car but leaving the body wholly intact, well other than burned out sockets where eyes used to be. As one by one the gang all meet the same fate, they begen to wonder if this could be an old victim of theirs come back to haunt them, and whether any of them will make it out alive.

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{And I’ve found my new background}

If you’re looking for fast cars, a ton of action, and enough bad hair to make Poison jealous, than look no further than here. The great thing about The Wraith is that whether or not you’re a fan of horror you can enjoy the movie, meaning this one is perfect for someone who wants to watch a great horror flick with someone who may want more of an action flick. You get the best of both worlds.

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{Plus, just look how badass Charlie Sheen looks on that Vespa}

The story of a reanimated Charlie Sheen looking for vengeance runs smoothly with no lags, the dramatic bits are well done, and there are only a few overly sappy moments. Even the love angle of the story keeps from getting boring or turning the film into a romance novel gone bad. The acting is great as well, despite the rather hokey characters some of them play (my favorites being Gutterboy and Skank), though young Charlie Sheen acts pretty much the same as older Charlie Sheen, just a little less coked out this being pre psychopathic Sheen. Still, I have to admit loving the wide range of lovely 80’s characters portrayed in The Wraith.

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{The glory that is Gutterboy and Skank}

The effects really blew me away because of how old the movie is, for the period, the effects are superb and well ahead of their time. The cars used are amazing with the star of course being the mystical black car driven by the Wraith. I had to do a little bit of research but it turns out it’s based on a one of a kind car that was used as a Pace Car for NASCAR once. They supped it up a bit, painted it black, and wam-bam; you’ve got one of the coolest cars to ever grave the silver screen.

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{Tell me you don’t want that car}

This is definitely one of the better 80’s movies I have ever seen and would recommend it to anyone, especially fans of action based horror or bad ass car effects.

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Mike Marvin (Sunstorm, Wishman)

Starring: Sherilyn Fenn (Zombie High, Darkness Falls), Nick Cassavetes (The Astronaut’s Wife, Blind Fury), Randy Quaid (Independence Day, The National Lampoon Vacation Series), and a very young Charlie Sheen (The Arrival, Hot Shots!)

Released By: New Century Entertainment Corporation, Alliance Entertainment, and Turbo Productions

Release Type: Theatrical Release

Release Year: 1986

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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2 Responses to The Wraith

  1. subitolove says:

    Nice read! You may want to check out my review on The Grand Budapest Hotel! ; )

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