The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)




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This first effort from acclaimed writer/director Peter Weir is set in the secluded rural town of Paris, Australia, where the chief source of income is provided by the orchestration of automobile accidents -- which frequently claim the lives of passing tourists, though those who survive are usually subjected to bizarre brain experiments by a loony local surgeon. One such unfortunate survivor is young Arthur, who remains in Paris after his recovery to work in the hospital, unaware (at first) of the circumstances which brought him there. Although there are many amusingly weird moments, this black comedy is a bit too deadpan for its own good and may be too talky and meandering for horror fans. A condensed version was released in the U.S. under the title The Cars That Eat People. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Kevin Miles (II)
as Dr. Midland
Max Gillies
as Metcalfe
Max Phipps
as Mulray
Edward Howell
as Tringham
Bruce Spence
as Charlie
Derek Barnes
as Al Smedley
Charles Metcalfe
as Clive Smedley
Frank Saba
as Con Lexux
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Critic Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

All Critics (9)

At the end of the story the young men rebel against discipline and use the stock cars to attack and destroy many of the wooden buildings in the town. I looked for symbolism here and failed to find it.

Full Review… | June 24, 2015
The Spectator

Establishes many of the themes that he would revisit later in his career; it especially resembles The Truman Show in many ways.

Full Review… | September 26, 2008
Combustible Celluloid

As a low-budget first film, director Peter Weir could've done worse, but I'm thankful that his career continued in a very different direction than this film would suggest.

March 10, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Cars That Ate Paris

This feature debut from director Peter Weir is simple and interesting. However, I was confused by a lot of the characters motivations and there's not much in the way of resolution. So as an example of Ozploitation, I'm sure there is better choices out there.

Nick Murphy
Nick Murphy

First off, this is Paris: Australia, not Paris: France. It's a charming little horror debut from Peter Weir that sits somewhere between Clockwork Orange and The Wicker Man. It is dated and would now be worth remaking, but for fans of Weir it's wonderful to see his early work.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

I found this movie confusing, slow, boring, and very strange. I wasn't sure if anything was actually going on. I wouldn't recommend seeing this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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