The Wraith (1986)

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This supernatural teen action film is about a strange reincarnation with the emphasis on "car." Young Jamie is killed by the evil Packard (Nick Cassavetes) and his gang of thugs because Jamie was caught romancing Keri (Sherilyn Fenn), Packard's girlfriend. Suddenly "the Wraith" -- a black turbo racing car shows up to challenge Packard (sounds like a Detroit auto duel) whose livelihood comes from stealing cars. What happens next is an endless series of car chases as Packard's gang of punks start … More

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Mike Marvin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2002
Runtime:
Lionsgate

Cast


as The Wraith/Jake Kese...

as Sheriff Loomis

as Packard Walsh

as Keri Johnson

as Billy Hankins

as Gutterboy

as Rughead

as Oggie Fisher

as Minty

as Waitress

as Policewoman

as Boy in Daytona

as Girl in Daytona

as Boy in Daytona
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Critic Reviews for The Wraith

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

The town (comprising one house, a burger joint and no citizen who isn't a teenager or a cop) is overseen by Sheriff Randy Quaid, who displays all the reverence the script deserves.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Cassavetes is effectively black-hearted, and makes a striking figure, and Randy Quaid does a lot with the underdeveloped role of a local sheriff.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

There is all too little of the quietly charismatic Sheen and all too much of Cassavetes, who is a dead ringer for the young Hugh Hefner.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

August 16, 2001
AV Club
Top Critic

A big glop of low-budget Hollywood cheese, sliced from half a dozen other movies. Still, as a piece of '80s zeitgeist, it offers something of a glimpse into the national psyche of the time - not to mention the feather hairdos and jean jackets.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

A ridiculous mishmash of drag racing, ghosts, and science fiction.

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for The Wraith

½

20/06/2012 (ONLINE PS3)

EightThirty
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

The Wraith is a supernatural action horror film that is surprisingly good. The film has gotten many bad reviews, and is considered pretty bad. But The Wraith is actually enjoyable entertainment. A group of thugs murder a kid, and suddenly a new guy shows up in town. A short while after, a mysterious car appears and hunts down the gang members. The plot is simple, yet effective. The film blends elements of action and horror perfectly. There are some eerie parts in the film, nothing ever really scary, but a tad uncomforting. This is an entertaining film that is quite underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Sure the film is pretty silly, but it has enough good elements to make it an enjoyable film. The fact that the director is able to combine action and supernatural horror into one film makes it watchable. The film isn't perfect, but it definitely is a film worth watching if you enjoy awesome car chases, horror and vengeance spirits returning to settle a few old scores. The films' acting is questionable, but this is a B movie, so what do you expect? The Wraith may not be the best supernatural horror flick around, but the fact that it combines action elements makes this an interesting film to watch. Add to that, a pretty good hard rock, pop and heavy metal soundtrack; and you have an entertaining film. A good addition to the supernatural horror genre.

TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This movie may make you think of Christine or The Car, but it's different from those movies, really. It's an awesome mysterious car thriller/horror movie with a good cast, and I loved it.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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