Friday, October 4, 2013

Watchin' Trailerz with Doug (Oct. 4)

For my first installment of #ScaryMovieMonth horror trailerz, let's talk EVIL VEHICLES. Wait, are you suggesting that I found the green goblin truck face graphic from Maximum Overdrive first, and then worked backwards into this idea? Is THAT what you're suggesting? Well, are you? ANSWER ME!

Release date: Dec. 9, 1983

"Body by Plymouth; soul by SATAN!" I've always had a fondness for this movie that I cannot defend. Because, truth be told, it's not very good. Maybe it's because I like carz so much? If that's my only reason, I am a pathetic cinephile. "Cars are neat! Yay! Also, movies." -Doug. This teaser doesn't really show, well, anything, and I couldn't find an authentic theatrical trailer. Sorry ladies -- no sexy shots of Keith Gordon polishing the hood of his '58 Fury.

Release date: Nov. 13, 1971

Uh, Jaws on land, anyone? #FirstPersonToEverSayThatEver. TIL that Duel was originally a TV movie broadcast on ABC, then released theatrically over a decade later on April 22, 1983. Disregarding the latter release date, was there a better decade for car movies than the '70s? Hollywood Heath Holland knows what I'm talking about. The theatrical cut of Spielberg's first movie (not counting his short, Amblin') is 16 minutes longer than the TV version. I'm assuming to accommodate for scarier shots of the Peterbilt 281. Kinda makes me want to become a truck driver.

The Car
Release date: May 13, 1977

This car has no driver. This car is murdering people for no reason. This car is a dick.

Jeepers Creepers
Release date: Aug. 31, 2001

Sure, Jeepers Creepers isn't about a "possessed" vehicle, because an actual villain (THE CREEPER) drives it. But still, that rusted 1941 Chevy COE with a cow catcher that terrorizes our two heroes is pretty evil. Also, Justin Long, ladies and gentlemen! Finally, don't you [ironically?] miss the days of the '90s/early 2000s when a narrator would come out of nowhere to announce the title of the movie in tandem with the graphic? "NAME OF MOVIE!" in an evil voice. You'd swear this trailer was from 1993.

Joy Ride
Release date: Oct. 5, 2001

Whatever happened to Leelee Sobieski? Apparently, she was killed by a murderous trucker voiced by an uncredited Ted Levine (Buffalo Bill from The Silence of the Lambs). This movie was co-written by J.J. Abrams, and it stars Paul Walker. Surely, it can't be a piece of shit, right? Right? RIGHT?!

Maximum Overdrive
Release date: July 25, 1986

One of my favorite trailerz of all time. COCAINE!

What am I forgetting? Let me know in the comments. Happy Scary Movie Month, everyone!


  1. I'm not sure if everyone would count this, but Cannonball Run II is pretty horrifying.

  2. I actually really like Joyride. Just watched it again during Junesploitation and it still works pretty well. Unfortunately, it's hard to see Leelee Sobieski and not picture her reading 9/11 poetry.