The Wraith

1986

Mike Marvin
Director

Gang of teenage punk racers run into trouble when a mysterious figure drives into town.

Basically a teen version of High Plains Drifter, it's cheesy and dumb, but also kind of awesome in the way only the Eighties could be. (And it's real cars racing, not CGI nonsense like Fast & the Furious and its endless garbage sequels). Plus it has 21-year old Sherilyn Fenn. Enough said.

I do wonder if Skank and Gutterboy could have been the inspiration for Beavis & Butthead. They do pretty much steal the film. Which is good, as Cassavetes' edgy affluenza kid is a little underwhelming.

-Dave W.


The Wraith
21st November 1986
Cinema



93 mins
1.85:1




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Charlie Sheen
Jake Kesey
Charlie Sheen
The Wraith
Nick Cassavetes
Packard Walsh
Nick Cassavetes
Packard Walsh
Sherilyn Fenn
Keri Johnson
Sherilyn Fenn
Keri Johnson
Randy Quaid
Sheriff G.L. Loomis
Randy Quaid
Sheriff G.L. Loomis
Matthew Barry
Billy Hankins
Matthew Barry
Billy Hankins
Griffin O'Neal
Oggie Fisher
Griffin O'Neal
Oggie Fisher
Jamie Bozian
Gutterboy
Jamie Bozian
Gutterboy
Clint Howard
Rughead
Clint Howard
Rughead
Chris Nash
Minty
Chris Nash
Minty
David Sherrill
Skank (Maurice)
David Sherrill
Skank (Maurice)
Vickie Benson
Waitress
Peder Melhuse
Murphy
Jeffrey Sudzin
Redd
Michael Hungerford
Stokes
Steven Eckholdt
George, Boy in Daytona
Elizabeth Cox
Girl in Daytona
Richard Alexander
Sandeval
(as Dick Alexander)
Christopher Bradley
Jamie Hankins
Joan H. Reynolds
Policewoman
Brooke Burke
Big Kay's Waitress
(uncredited)
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Girl with Packard
Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunt Coordinator
Bobby Bass
Stunts
Freddie Hice
Stunts
(as Fred Hice)
Steve Davison
Stunts
Billy Hank Hooker
Stunts
David R. Ellis
Stunts
(as David Ellis)
Dick Ziker
Stunts
Sandy Berumen
Stunts
Norman Howell
Stunts
(as Norm Howell)
Karen Price
Stunts
(as Karen Elayna Price)
Randy Peters
Stunts
Fred Culbertson
Stunts
John Sullivan
Stunts

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