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The Wraith (1986)




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This supernatural teen action film is about a strange reincarnation with the emphasis on "car." Young Jamie is killed by the evil Packard (Nick Cassavetes) and his gang of thugs because Jamie was caught romancing Keri (Sherilyn Fenn), Packard's girlfriend. Suddenly "the Wraith" -- a black turbo racing car shows up to challenge Packard (sounds like a Detroit auto duel) whose livelihood comes from stealing cars. What happens next is an endless series of car chases as Packard's gang of punks start to bite the dust, one by one. Then Jake (Charlie Sheen) comes into town on a motorcycle and makes a play for Keri, giving rise to old animosities one more time.

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Charlie Sheen
as The Wraith/Jake Kesey
Randy Quaid
as Sheriff Loomis
Nick Cassavetes
as Packard Walsh
Sherilyn Fenn
as Keri Johnson
Matthew Barry
as Billy Hankins
Jamie Bozian
as Gutterboy
Clint Howard
as Rughead
Griffin O'Neal
as Oggie Fisher
Vickie Benson
as Waitress
Steve Eckholdt
as Boy in Daytona
Elizabeth Cox
as Girl in Daytona
Steven Eckholdt
as Boy in Daytona
H. Joan Reynolds
as Policewoman
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Critic Reviews for The Wraith

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

The town (comprising one house, a burger joint and no citizen who isn't a teenager or a cop) is overseen by Sheriff Randy Quaid, who displays all the reverence the script deserves.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mr. Cassavetes is effectively black-hearted, and makes a striking figure, and Randy Quaid does a lot with the underdeveloped role of a local sheriff.

August 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

There is all too little of the quietly charismatic Sheen and all too much of Cassavetes, who is a dead ringer for the young Hugh Hefner.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

The kind of revenge B movie you can enjoy thanks to its eccentric tone and unique hero.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…

A big glop of low-budget Hollywood cheese, sliced from half a dozen other movies. Still, as a piece of '80s zeitgeist, it offers something of a glimpse into the national psyche of the time - not to mention the feather hairdos and jean jackets.

May 2, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

A ridiculous mishmash of drag racing, ghosts, and science fiction.

May 6, 2008 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Wraith


20/06/2012 (ONLINE PS3)

EightThirty .
EightThirty .

Super Reviewer

The Wraith is a supernatural action horror film that is surprisingly good. The film has gotten many bad reviews, and is considered pretty bad. But The Wraith is actually enjoyable entertainment. A group of thugs murder a kid, and suddenly a new guy shows up in town. A short while after, a mysterious car appears and hunts down the gang members. The plot is simple, yet effective. The film blends elements of action and horror perfectly. There are some eerie parts in the film, nothing ever really scary, but a tad uncomforting. This is an entertaining film that is quite underrated and it doesn't deserve the flack it has received. Sure the film is pretty silly, but it has enough good elements to make it an enjoyable film. The fact that the director is able to combine action and supernatural horror into one film makes it watchable. The film isn't perfect, but it definitely is a film worth watching if you enjoy awesome car chases, horror and vengeance spirits returning to settle a few old scores. The films' acting is questionable, but this is a B movie, so what do you expect? The Wraith may not be the best supernatural horror flick around, but the fact that it combines action elements makes this an interesting film to watch. Add to that, a pretty good hard rock, pop and heavy metal soundtrack; and you have an entertaining film. A good addition to the supernatural horror genre.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This movie may make you think of Christine or The Car, but it's different from those movies, really. It's an awesome mysterious car thriller/horror movie with a good cast, and I loved it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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