VIDEO: The Wraith (1986)

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An excellent supernatural revenge flick that was evidently built around a Dodge Inceptor, one of the coolest cars ever. An amazing cast of rising stars including Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, and Randy Quaid, and an awesome soundtrack help to make this a big cult favorite.

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  • MephLord

    Cecil I enjoy car-based movies a lot (Driven being the exception). Smokey and the Bandit Series, Fast and the Furious, Hitcher Series, the TV series Viper (centred around the Dodge Viper), Knight Rider, the anime Initial D. This one seems to hit the Knight Rider level of camp and expertly done driving sequences.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      When done right a good car movie is great. Ronin has some amazing car chases and unfortunately, a lot of people have forgotten the original Gone in 60 Seconds.

      The movie has some camp but does do a good job of hitting emotional levels at just the right times.

  • Cameron Vale

    I don’t understand, why didn’t they just film it in the summer?

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Because they already committed to having the film in theaters by November of the same year. In order to film the whole movie and work post, they had to film it early. Hence, it being shot in January and February. You would be surprised at how many movies do this.

    • Thomas Stockel

      It’s possible that was the only time Charlie Sheen was available for shooting. There may have been other factors (i.e. the availability of the car).

  • I saw this movie back in the 80s, the two main things I remember from this movie is the petrol sniffing and the coolest car ever.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      As a kid I wanted that car more than anything.I’d even settle for one of the replicas built on VW chassis.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Christ, Cecil, this made my day. I hadn’t thought about this movie in years and I remember loving the hell out of it when I saw it on cable. The background was especially cool this time around.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      Thanks! :)

      I used to watch this on cable back in the day as well.

  • danbreunig

    Aw man, I forgot how awesome car movies can be!–despite not being that much of an enthusiast (loved them as a little kid though). I found a thrift shop copy years ago and skimmed through it–now I’m kicking myself for not outright watching it and now that copy’s long gone. So much for foresight… Thanks for showing me the light, Cecil, even after the fact…I’ll just have to keep my eyes open for another potential VHS hiding in a shop somewhere. It’s a little sad to think these kind of films can’t happen so much anymore. Sure, there are still racing movies (how many Fast & Furious’s do we really need?)–but when was the last car-based movie or show that introduced a car so iconic that it’s its own character? So I thought as I heard the Knight Rider theme kicking in–perfect.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      I’m not really a car guy, aside from certain cars that I like. (usually unusual ones like the Landmaster)

      You can find the movie on DVD pretty easy and for cheap.

      Seriously, we don’t get these kinds of movies anymore. I think it was Spielburg who was talking about how studios are going to implode because they keep banking on giant 300 million dollar movies and the medium budget films don’t exist anymore. Its either low budget or giant budget, gone are the days of modest budget.

      I don’t mind the Fast and Furious movies. I loved the first one and have enjoyed the sequels so far. As long as they keep raking in tons of money there really isn’t a reason for the studio to stop.

      There hasn’t been a big “car” movie in quite a while that I can think of where the car was one of the stars. A shame.

  • Muthsarah

    …If this movie was made in the 90s, Gutterboy would’ve totally been played by Giovanni Ribisi.”

    But because it’s the 80s, we get B-grade Bobcat Goldthwait? Better? Or worse?

    I’ve never even heard of this one. And I feel so ashamed. Such a cast. Was it really such a cult hit?

    I do feel like I have to see it. Because I’m determined to see every movie made in the 80s. But…I just can’t get over the fact that I’ve never even heard of it. Is it really famous movie among the retro-movie snobs? Or did you pluck it out of obscurity? I need to know. My 80s queue is already so long, I hafta be discriminatin’.

    • Cecil_Trachenburg

      If you see the whole movie, Gutterboy is doing that whole twitchy, whiney thing that Ribisi does. This guy could be his acting coach.

      Honestly, this was a big one. One of the most requested movies I’ve done and definitely one of the most mainstream. It’s got a pretty big cult following. It’s definitely worth seeing.

      • GoodBadFlicksFangirl23

        Actully Ceicil aka Badass McGee :) James O
        Barr’s the crow had nothing to do with the wriath, he never seen the film and he wrote the crow based on the death of is then girlfriend or wife at the time. still it is an interesting coscience aso will you ever do a review on….The Amazing spider-man 1977? I love your work as always <3

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          While I love the Crow (and even had a chance to talk to O’Barr back before the movie came out…very nice guy) I’m not sold that there wasn’t some influence from the Wraith. Oh well, it doesn’t detract either way.

          Oh jeez the old TV pilot for Spidey. I’ll have to go back and watch it again I haven’t seen it in ages. I’m sure it is still lots of silly 70’s fun.

          Thanks for the support. :)

      • MephLord

        Seems like you have your own cult following. A Good Bad Flicks fangirl…dude that’s awesomesauce.

        • Cecil_Trachenburg

          LOL I guess I made it!