The Wraith

1986

Action / Horror / Romance / Sci-Fi / Thriller

72
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 27%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 63%
IMDb Rating 5.9 10 11970

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Director

Cast

Charlie Sheen as Jake Kesey / The Wraith
Sherilyn Fenn as Keri Johnson
Randy Quaid as Sheriff Loomis
Clint Howard as Rughead
1080p.BLU
1.43 GB
1920*1080
English
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 0 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by maherbo 7 / 10

Fun movie

I'm a child of the 80's, I like cars and heavy metal, yet I never heard of this movie before. I don't know why, because it is a fun movie.

I've been watching a lot of low-budget B-movies lately (with the quality that goes with it), and this one was a breath a fresh air. Yes, the story is not that well developed, there are no suspense or surprises in the plot. Apart from NICK CASSAVETES as a psychopath, the acting is often very cold and mechanical. But there is a cartoonish side on the movie that kind of excuses all of that.

By reading the comments on IMDb, I was expecting some cheesy car chases with bad editing and bad special effects. Not at all. Very well done, especially knowing it has a limited budget. For the car racing atmosphere, I prefer watching this movie instead of the FAST & FURIOUS series (even the first ones). Yes, there are a lot of unbelievable explosions but, because of the supernatural nature of the movie, everything is possible, right?

On the music side, I was turned off at first when the movie began with some cheesy synthesizer music, typical of low-budget 80's movies. Fortunately, this music was just there to announce the supernatural scenes of the movie and soon we are fed with more fun music from Motlëy Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol or Robert Palmer.

SHERILYN FENN is astonishingly beautiful in this movie. The young CHARLIE SEEN is good on the eyes for the ladies as well, even though his role is surprisingly thin despite being the hero in the story.

Although the main story seems to be about revenge, I like the sub- plots about a guy being jealous of the girl he can never have (completely going wacko which, sadly, happens too often in real life) and about how the hero suggests that you have to stand up to your bully, which do happens later in the movie (the parking lot fight scene and Keri telling off Packard when in the car, going to California).

All in all, for me, this movie should be up there with THE TERMINATOR or TOP GUN as a good action movie of the 80's, especially when comparing the budgets of those movies.

Reviewed by thesar-2 3 / 10

Ghost Town on Wheels! or…THE WRAITH

Great Sheen, this is heavy!

Two-thirds through this movie, I got frustrated. "What the HELL is a 'Wraith?'" I asked myself and was about to stop this to Google it when one of the numerous movie expositions told me what it was. Oh, okay. Now, it all makes sense.

It was to capitalize on Back to the Future's success a year earlier, Charlie Sheen's character from Ferris Bueller's Day Off from that year's summer and, well, 80s boobs'n'sci-fi. Well done.

Actually, the only thing well-done was me hating this gang tremendously, some awesome racing POV's and making me regret living in Arizona.

I guess I should be honored or flattered they targeted the Arizona desert towns/roads for this film's setting. Nope. The desert has always depressed me enormously and aside from the awesome racing segments, I was equally depressed seeing the backdrop of the dead desert behind the cars.

I digress. Arizonian assholes obsess over the wrong cool cat and they mysteriously die one by one. Was it something they did in the past, and in the many unnecessary flashbacks, that causes their current predicament?

The movie was totally 80s and very hard to watch for such incredibly goofy characters. I even got the impression they weren't acting. After all, the lead, Charlie Sheen, soon wouldn't be, either.

***

Final thoughts: You want a real Arizona horror? Or fun horror movie based in the 48th state? Send in the P's: Piranha 3D and Psycho. That's right: the "Remake" and the "Original," respectively. Those do AZ right.

Reviewed by Uriah43 6 / 10

What Happens when a Gang of Thugs Go a Bit Too Far

The movie begins with a young man named "George" (Steven Eckholdt) down a lonely highway somewhere in Arizona with his girlfriend. Suddenly, a group of cars appear and force him to stop. It's then that a man named "Packard Walsh" (Nick Cassavetes) comes up to him and threatens George with physical violence to his girlfriend unless he agrees to race his car against that of Packard's--with the loser having to forfeit their car. Packard wins and both George and his girlfriend are subsequently left out in the middle of nowhere to fend for themselves. The scene then shifts to another young man named "Jake Kesey" (Charlie Sheen) riding a motorcycle in the town of Brooks, Arizona and asking a pretty young woman named "Keri Johnson" (Sherilyn Fenn) for directions. She offers to show him but as soon as she gets on the motorcycle Packard drives up and tells her to get in his car. She obediently gets in even though is is apparent she wants nothing to do with him. But Packard's days of bullying everybody in town is about to be challenged by a mysterious man driving a sleek black Turbo Interceptor who challenges certain members of Packard's gang to race against him one-on-one. What they don't know is that it isn't their cars that this mysterious figure is after—but rather their lives. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that I remember watching this movie in the theater when it first came out and I rather liked it as it had a decent horror plot enhanced by some pretty good action scenes. Admittedly, some parts were kind of hokey but all things considered I found the overall film to enjoyable enough and I have rated it accordingly. Slightly above average.

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