Near the small desert town of Santa Ynez, a mysterious black car runs down two teenage bicyclers en route to camp, then it hit-and-runs a hitchhiker with local Amos Clements as witness. Sheriff Everett puts his men on alert and plants road blocks in the area to arrest the murderer, but soon he himself falls victim to the car. Sheriff Wade Parent leads the hunt for the vehicle that threatens their town and seems impossible to locate. When his beloved girlfriend, teacher Lauren Humphries, challenges the driver in a cemetery, the car hunts her in her home. Wade realizes he might be dealing with supernatural powers.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil / revised by statmanjeff
There's nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, no way to stop... The Car
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Did You Know?
Twelve men worked on building four versions of "the car" for the movie for ten months. Construction took eight weeks. Many safety devices and mechanisms had to be installed for occupational safety reasons so as to protect the stuntmen who would be riding inside them. See more
When the girl cycler is killed, The Car had been squeezing her over to a low concrete wall next to the side of the road, but when she actually goes over the side, there is no wall. See more
So you're the one that woke me up this morning with that awful bugle music.
That's impossible sir, that's not even a bugle, it's a French horn.
The NBC edited for TV version of this film includes some additional scenes to pad out the movie due to needed commercial breaks. The aforementioned additional scenes were during the cemetery standoff between the school band and the Car. The part where Lauren is insulting and taunting the Car is longer and there is a short dialog between her and her friend Margie planning on how one of them will run out and escape to call for help. These are not on the official 1999 DVD/VHS release. See more
Dies Irae, Dies Illa
Traditional, thought to be written by Thomas of Celano See more