Car Movie Enthusiast Reviews


Title and Review

The Van: 1976.

Terrible flick about a teenager who somehow affords a fully customized van, then uses it to pick up chicks. No redeeming value whatsoever.

That said, it is interesting as a sociological study of the of the 70s.

  • Starring:  Danny DeVito (well before he received any fame), misc others.
  • Label:  Rhino Home Video
  • Year:  1976
  • Color: 
  • Format:  DVD
  • Available: yes
Vanishing Point: 1971.

Barry Newman, Cleavon Little, Dean Jagger (how sad that Academy Award Winner Jagger had to do this - he apparently needed the money). Ordered to take a 1970 426 Hemi Dodge Challenger R/T from Denver to San Francisco, Newman decides to do it flat out (what's his motivation? we never find out) . Known for it's rock music background. Worth investigating, will be good for fans of "Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry". and of course for fans of the Dodge Challenger, this is the definitive film.


2nd Tier! The Violent Years: 1956.

So really really bad that it's a must-see! The plot is about a teen (ignored by her parents) who ends up in a gang. And then it gets worse, much worse. It's preachy, and the ending is fitting. Written by Edward D Wood, Jr. Introduced by Mamie Van Doran. Also released as "Female".

We've got it in our collection as the perfect example of 50s-style juvenile delinquency films. It's one of our favorite camp films and we pull it out once a year.

Now available on DVD, it's also available to rent in the schlock-video section of your local video store.