Release Date: Nov 21st, 1986.
Written and Directed by: Mike Marvin.
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Nick Cassavetes, Randy Quaid, Clint Howard, and the Turbo Interceptor.
Anyone who grew up in the 80's knows that it was a blissful time to be alive if you liked, cheesy B-grade genre flicks. And feathered hair. Jean/leather jackets, and kick-ass music. And hot chicks with teased hair who look like they just stepped off of the set of the latest Bon Jovi video.
Well, this movie's got all of that, plus Clint Howard, a bitchin' alien ghost car, and a young, shirtless Charlie Sheen smiling his way through an empty role while popping wheelies on a dirt bike.
Sherilyn Fenn), and no one in town messes with him, because he's got a bunch of leather jackets and a switchblade, which makes him tough. But when a Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor arrives from space (or maybe it came from the ghost dimension, which is somewhere in space), its silent, gimp-suit wearing driver is about to change all of that!
|THE ORIGINAL POWER RANGER.|
|"I'M SHIPPING OUT TO 'NAM SOON, SO LET'S PARTY!"|
Cheesy goodness like only the 80's could deliver, ensues.
|HE'S A BETTER ARTIST THAN HE IS A SHERIFF.|
The best parts of the movie are as follows:
- Watching Charlie Sheen trying to act is always fun, especially in his early roles before he became a Vatican assassin who devoted his life to banging pornstars and 20-gram rocks. Those are his actual words. You remember his meltdown, right? Well knowing how he turned out, watching Chaz in a movie like this is something special. He filmed The Wraith in between Ferris Bueller and Platoon (which made him a huge star), and it's fun to watch him do his thing in such a "not good" movie.
- Sherilyn Fenn: She was 20-years-old in this movie, and was smokin' hot in a way that gave teenage boys religion. She didn't do much throughout the movie besides look good, but who cares, because she was easily one of the hottest girls of the 80's.
- The Soundtrack: Motley Crue, Ozzy, Billy Idol, Robert Palmer... this soundtrack rocked, and if this movie were made today, I can't image how many millions of dollars it would cost to get that many huge songs into one movie.
- The Turbo Interceptor: An actual prototype car made by Dodge in the mid-80's, it was sleek as hell, and made for the perfect "alien" car. Maybe it was a ghost car. Maybe it was both.
- Clint Howard: He's great in everything he''s in, especially schlocky movies like these from the 80's.
|THE STUFF 80'S DREAMS WERE MADE OF.|
And speaking of the guy who killed him, what was up with Nick Cassavetes always wearing a leather jacket? He even had a sleeveless one that he wore to the lake?!?
|SUCH A TENDER MOMENT.|
|WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SEE THIS ACTION IN GLORIOUS 1080P?|
|...BUT IT'S AN A+ IN THE CLINT HOWARD HAIRDO DEPARTMENT.|
"A wraith, man! A ghost! A evil spirit - and it ain't cool"
"Sent cats climbin' up my spine when I saw 'em haulin' this corpse outta that canyon, clean as if he'd come out of a hot tub."
"Get rid of that zombie-piss you're drinkin' before it turns you into a mushroom!"
"But we know our constipational rights, sir, and you can't just come in here and..."
"Well, you listen good, Skank. I know it's gonna be hard with your melon on chemical overload, but there's a killer out there and I'm gonna track the hairball down. So, when you two crater-heads get finished mining for nose gold and you get a relapse of memory, you let me know, huh?"
|THAT'S BROOKE BURKE, 2ND FROM THE RIGHT.|
*Stream it while drinking, and every time you shake your head at something that's going on on-screen, take a shot. You'll be drunk pretty quick, and like the movie even more.
The Wraith is available now on DVD, VOD, and is streaming on Netflix.
Sherilyn Fenn back in the day?