Black Cadillac Release Date: 2003 Genre: Horror | Thriller Director(s): John Murlowski (Terminal Error, Santa with Muscles) Writer(s): Will Aldis (Avenging Angelo) Starring: Randy Quaid, Shane Johnson and Josh Hammond Despite being directed by the man behind Santa with Muscles, not to mention that it features Mr. TV Movie Randy Quaid, Black Cadillac comes within […]

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Black Cadillac
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Horror | Thriller
Director(s): John Murlowski (Terminal Error, Santa with Muscles)
Writer(s): Will Aldis (Avenging Angelo)
Starring: Randy Quaid, Shane Johnson and Josh Hammond

Despite being directed by the man behind Santa with Muscles, not to mention that it features Mr. TV Movie Randy Quaid, Black Cadillac comes within an arm’s distance of truly being excellent. If not for huge stumbles in its final third, this new twist on Duel (and Joy Ride to a lesser extent) would be getting a very high rating from me.

A trio of ‘under 21s’ head out to a middle-of-nowhere bar with some fake Ids in order to get trashed. One even gets lucky, which doesn’t sit well with the local boys. The three are able to get away in their car, soon believing that their night is just about finished. But it’s not. Stopping along the way to give an off-duty cop a quick ride (Quaid), they soon discover that an ominous black Cadillac is following them. At the cop’s urgings, they play along with the driver. But eventually, the games turn violent, and it looks like the Cadillac won’t be going away until all four of them have perished.

Black Cadillac spends a lot of its time in the car pounded out character development. The good news is that this is done fantastically. While the budget definitely wasn’t tiny, it’s apparent that Cadillac didn’t have much to work with. The drag racing, and subsequent car chases, all take place on beautifully snowy roads to produce a great atmosphere. Since much of the movie has the teens being chased, it’s important we know the characters. Quaid is a hoot as the off-duty copy that doesn’t care about the blatant disregards for the law, and the kids are developed very nicely thanks to a well-written screenplay.

Black Cadillac has its fair share of plotholes unfortunately. These, combined with the anti-climatic ending, almost bring it down to TV movie levels. Black Cadillac, though, is resilient enough to stay beyond that point.

DVD: Barebones.

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