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PHANTOM RACER
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Terry Ingram

Starring:
Greg Evigan
Nicole Eggert
Brenna OBrien

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Two rival race car drivers crash. One of them burns to death, but the other survives. Cut to several years later. The surviving guy is now a trucker, and the other is still dead. His red #66 (an obvious reference) car has now been restored, freeing the sinister apparition to roam the highways, looking for victims to mow down.
Is it good movie?
So the surviving racer moves back to his hometown and finds himself a daughter he didn't know about, wrangles himself a girlfriend and tries to get on with his life. Little does he know, the old opponent's CAR IS TRYING TO KILL HIM~! This is a truly silly sort of flick that mixes ridiculous insanity with the sappy dreck of a lifetime movie of the week.

If you can imagine what I just said as an actual combination of genres, you could likely predict what's coming up in this bizarre and sappy killer car flick. I laughed my ass off watching the car kill people. The wiper blades become razor sharp and cost a dude his face, the seat belt will crush your chest cavity, the window cuts off heads, the trunk even eats a child! That's what I'm talking about. And although the effects are pretty brutal, I'm very thankful that they're all practical and it's not all terrible CGI (except for the ghost, which is kind of funny).

This isn't a very good movie though. It's soaked in deep melodrama and the acting is all rather sappy. The whole plot with the snotty teenage daughter and her rebellious ways is wickedly predictable. And on top of all that, the protagonist is proven to be completely innocent in regards to the crash that killed his rival, so why bother killing him? The opening scene starts things off as weakly as possible as the cars are 'burning rubber' around the track..except they're barely going 55 from the looks of things. It's really poorly done and almost causes the movie to blow a tire at the start of the race.

I don't know what else to say about this movie. The whole thing is an exercise in cheese and I can't say I'd recommend it unless you're either 12 or you just love laughing your ass off watching killer cars trying to eat people.
Video / Audio
Video comes to us in 2.35:1 widescreen and looks okay.

Audio comes in Dolby 5.1 and actually comes through pretty well.
The Extras
Nothing at all!
Last Call
Well, I laughed a lot during this movie and got through it all in one sitting, but that's likely the highest accolade I can bestow upon it. It's silly, hammy and has low budget effects. If something like this burns your rubber, take this low budget flick for a spin.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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