The Wraith (1986) - Action, Horror, Romance

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After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director: Mike Marvin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Nick Cassavetes
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: PG-13
Reviews: 11 out of 111 found boring (9.9%)

One-line Reviews (51)

Highly enjoyable fast food trash.

Fights are ho-hum, only one cool explosion in the whole movie (not at the end either).

The story is, as other reviewers have noted, pretty hopelessly stupid, with dialogue alternating between bland and quotably goofy.

However if you accept this and make allowances for the films amateurish production it is an enjoyable film.

Overall, the film is based on a very good idea but is let down by it's confusing plot and direction.

All in all, it's a great and entertaining movie with terrific race scenes and good character development for all the principal characters as well as the major supporting characters.

Entertaining Movie .

Actually very enjoyable, even today...

On paper, it sounds quite promising, updating the classic western story to modern times with cars instead of horses and the drag races (full of point-of-view shots) are admittedly exciting.

Despite of all the negatives, this flick can be somehow entertaining on a weird level...

Admittedly, some parts were kind of hokey but all things considered I found the overall film to enjoyable enough and I have rated it accordingly.

What it becomes is an obviously plotted comic-book venture, where the blisteringly loud (who turned the volume up) rock soundtrack and adrenaline-packed car stunts take centre stage.

I did enjoy this movie very much in a B-movie type way, but I also feel they failed to execute on the potentially riveting storyline.

A small Arizona town is intimidated by a group of punk teens that like to drag race their done up cars against mostly pressured victims, along a empty stretch of a highway.

" It features a good cast, neat effects, thrilling race sequences & great score.

Sure, I watched it 15 years ago as a teenager and found it thoroughly entertaining.

But somehow it all seems so bland.

i found this movie to be quite entertaining.

Entertaining & Laughable Fodder .

In summary a truly enjoyable movie,where you strap yourself along for the ride.

This adds nothing to the film, except for decade-cliché.

It's a cheesy silly B-movie, that because of that also at the same time becomes very entertaining to watch.

Cult 80's confusion .

Noisy, full of the usual OTT action, some mindless violence, a few predictable race scenes and a plot which bore an uncomfortable similarity to Clint Eastwood's "High Plains Drifter".

His menacing performance was quite riveting.

Sheryl Fenn looks stunning - I admit that's the real reason I wanted to see this - golden-tanned Baywatchesque.

so I don't waste your time or mine rehashing all of that.

The story is ridiculous but quite entertaining (I love revenge ;)) and there are many strange plot-holes through the whole movie.

It's not a bad film, just very predictable and as I previously mentioned repetitive.

And if so, more importantly, will we be able to ever again stomach the banality of traditional film?

I mean at first it was kind of interesting, wow a challenge, but then it becomes boring when you realize that there's a serial killer with a fast car that races everybody and then kills them, and you still want to race him.

While all of the silly landmarks in the film were cheesily named at best, it proved to be an enjoyable and campy film to watch.

Charlie Sheen is killed by a gang of road pirates and is resurrected to incite his revenge using an intense killing machine...

It's a shame that The Wraith is, essentially, a predictable, repetitive mess of a film; because it's so quintessentially eighties that I almost feel guilty for slating it.

Director Marvin brings little imagination to the action scenes, two cars racing along a virtually deserted road starts to become tedious after the fourth time.

A very enjoyable, good looking, silly, cheesy, typical '80's flick, that you just have to take for what it is.

Formulaic but enjoyable cheese.

"The Wraith" is an entertaining movie with a good story, fast car races and a fairly good cast that includes Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn and Randy Quaid.

There are many scenes which drag on and the film is intermingled with confusing flashbacks.

Consequently, the Wraith experience is all about the superficial elements: slick car action, hot 80s pop, eye-pleasing girls, etc. Also noteworthy, however, is the colorful supporting cast, including Randy Quaid as the sheriff, and scene-stealing comic relief cretins Skank, Gutterboy, and Rughead (the eternally fascinating Clint Howard sporting an Eraserhead 'do).

Very few films past or present stray from the predictable form of a fluid linear narrative.

" Well this movie is simply pure-80's cheese of high thoroughbred and for the most part, is fast-paced and highly entertaining.

The only two characters I think are entertaining to watch were Skank and Gutterboy.

Yes this movie, is quite a riot and very entertaining, rarely is it slow at any point, it's also on "the bleeding edge of hi-tech" due to Charlie's killer wheel's (the REAL star of the movie), plus, his special super-suit complete with full-helmet and dark visor and his magical shotgun, that never needs to be reloaded (I counted over 40 shots!

This movie is very enjoyable for what it is.

But Randy, when given this dialogue, applies some much needed redneck enthusiasm, making the lines snappy and more digestible.

this movie was a little predictable in the death and racing scenes, such has how he stops in front of the cars and kills them and saves the leader for last and kills him in a different way than the rest.

One of the high-lights of The Wraith is all the great road racing footage, which is always between two sports cars (with the exception of one scene), roaring down winding, sun-baked, desert roads; the photography and editing of these sequences really make them pop and are quite intense.

If you haven't already seen "The Wraith" then you should take the time to sit down and watch it because it is rather enjoyable.

Sherilynn Fenn had trouble retorting after such a dull performance...

just kinda dull sometimes.