Tonight on MeTV- it’s demonic road rage... as we bring back four wheeled fear driven by evil! Take the highway to horror when anyone on the roadways – or even nearby them- become targets for- "The Car"
On a highway through the Utah desert, a couple cyclists seem to be stalked by a mysterious black car-then a young musician thumbing a ride on a rural road makes the mistake of flipping off the sinister sedan after a too-close encounter- only to be its next victim ! A local abusive husband saw it all- and, when questioned by the police, can only say that the vehicle has customized styling and no visible identification- no definite make, model, or license plate. That evening, he and the sheriff get into a heated argument regarding his continued spousal abuse, and , as the sheriff leaves headquarters, the car reappears, barreling down the main street, and taking out a member of the police force- leaving shaken deputy Wade (James Brolin) in charge. He swears to avenge his fellow officer’s death and track down this car and its murderous driver. Some confusing testimony adds to the confusion and unease- a local who witnessed the latest hit-and-run swears that the mystery car HAD no driver!
Wade is a single parent with two daughters and a wise-cracking school teacher girlfriend whose staff is about to hold an outdoor marching band practice , which Wade feels is not a good idea. Regardless, the sweetheart of one of his associates talks her bade-wearing boyfriend into letting them go through with it with some extra security measures put in place. Wade gets to work setting up roadblocks and police cordons in various areas in the town and around its outskirts-but the vehicle eludes them all. Despite all the precautions, the school marching band practice ends up invaded by the mystery car- and yet- it halts its attack for reasons no one can explain. As if in a fit of rage, the rolling death machine storms off into a confrontation with the police, taking out more of the force, and raising more suspicion of the supernatural ,when it appears bullets have had no effect on the car- no damage to the body, tires, or windshield! Its targets also become more personal, and Wade has no choice but to enlist some unexpected help if he’s going to stop the demonic car- before it stops him!
This 1977 film, which many viewers compare with Steven Spielberg’s “Duel” TV movie, got deadly notices from the critics for its plot, acting, and dialogue- yet remains on many people’s lists of favorite modern horrors! We'll talk about the cast, including James Brolin as Wade; his daughters played by Kim and Kyle Richards, who've gone on to notoriety on the TV reality show “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, plus, a young Ronnie Cox, and the likes of John Marley and R.G. Armstrong. We'll compare the car to another road-running desert denizen- and have adapted a parody of an often-run insurance commercial from the past couple years to suit this film ( “you named it Brad…”). And, yes, there may be a little Svensurround here and there.
“The Car” starts its engines on MeTV tonight at 8pm eastern/pacific, 7 pm central- and you can check the time and channel in your area in your local listings or at www.metv.com . Feel free to accept MeTV’s invitation to live- Tweet during the show on Twitter, using the hashtag #svengoolie – the many posts there have been keeping us in the top trending topics every Saturday night! Chicago area viewers can head to the last round-up of “Billy the Kid VS Dracula” today at 11 am on WCIU, the U!
Today, I’ll be at The Franklin Park Fest, in Franklin Park, IL from 11 am to 1 pm, signing autographs, and taking photos- and offering some Sven merchandise for sale- please get in line early so you won’t be left out if they cut off the line to help us end on time! Check out the “appearances” tab on this website for more information.
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Tonight- hang the rubber chicken air freshener from your mirror, fasten your seatbelt, and step on the gas for a demonic drive onMeTV!