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A.k.a.
Cars That Eat People
Year
1974
Runtime
91 min.
Director
Peter Weir
Genres
Comedy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Rating *
5.6
Votes *
2,467
Checks
601
Favs
15
Dislikes
23
Favs/checks
2.5% (1:40)
Favs/dislikes
1:2
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    I wish I liked The Cars That Ate Paris more than I do. After all, this little Australian picture has a great premise. A small town called Paris lives off the car accidents it causes, with creepy results. It's interesting to see how their home-grown economy works, and the sad sack protagonist, who has a fear of driving ever since he committed vehicular manslaughter years ago, makes for a good, if passive, point of view character to tell the story. The car fetishism prevalent in the film is also a good metaphor for his phobia and possibility of overcoming it. And there's a cool car attack in the third act, with colorful killer cars that may or may not have inspired Mad Max down the road (ha!). But it fails to gel together for me. Director Peter Weir would go on to do bigger and better things, but here his narrative feels disjointed, like he's trying to tell a story about a place, and is just shuffling his hero along from one set piece to another to reveal the bigger picture. We're still left with a lot of unexplained shenanigans, and perhaps it's just supposed to be the hero's psyche trying to repair itself after a trauma, but I don't know that that's altogether clear. 1 year 2 months ago
  2. ClassicLady's avatar

    ClassicLady

    Nothing funny here. 6 years 8 months ago
  3. mathiasa's avatar

    mathiasa

    Why doesn't it have a Western, Film-Noir or
    Musical tag?
    6 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #19 in Scott Hocking's 100 Greatest Films of Australian Cinema
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  2. This movie ranks #58 in Stanley Kubrick, Cinephile
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  3. This movie ranks #160 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  4. This movie ranks #679 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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